TAKING THE LEAD - Brandi Gerber, the executive director with Heartline, explains a program on homelessness, domestic violence and food insecurity during the recent Night in a Car event held at the Grace Church of the Nazarene.

EUREKA - Thirty-four area residents recently got the opportunity to sleep overnight in their cars on a chilly fall night and paid for the privilege. 

The “slumber party” was part of the Night in a Car event sponsored by Heartline and Heart House. Participants drove their cars to the parking lot at Grace Church of the Nazarene and spent the early evening listening to a program on homelessness, domestic violence and food insecurity presented by Heartline Executive Director Brandi Gerber. The 12-hour event began Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. and concluded at 7 a.m. on Nov. 11.

“Through these programs, participants were given the opportunity for a very small amount of time to put themselves in a crisis situation and to see all the barriers that come up in getting out of that situation," said Gerber. "For example, the domestic violence awareness program everyone participated in a program called Walk in Her Shoes. This program gives the participant an opportunity to see what a person has to overcome in order to leave and be self-sufficient--barriers that are not thought about until a person is faced with that situation.”  

The evening was part of an informational program associated with Homelessness and Hunger Week. Gerber provided information about what it means to be in those situations and noted it is a problem in Woodford County even though it is less visible locally than in larger cities. Later, participants spending the night retired to their cars to sleep without the benefit of a warm comfortable bed.

See article on Nov. 23 Woodford County Journal newsstands


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