St. Edward’s University Hilltop Leadership Development will host its third REACH OUT Homeless Resource Fair on Saturday, March 24th, 2012 from 10:00am-2:00pm at St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church. REACH OUT stands for Responding Effectively Against Community Homelessness through Outreach, Understanding, and Transformation. The Homeless Resource Fair is the result of the collaboration between non-profit Mobile Loaves & Fishes, the St. Ignatius Parish, and Hilltop Leadership Development at St. Edward’s University. Last year, the fair served over 300 area homeless, provided services such as haircuts, showers, meals, massages, and foot baths, and collected over 5,000 donation items including bags of toiletries, clothes, shoes and socks.
The Homeless Resource Fair was first organized by the Hilltop Leaders program at St. Edward’s University in the spring of 2010 as a way to turn their leadership skills into action by means of a community service project. The students saw a need in the area to reach out to the homeless community and also saw the value of collaborating with entities in the Austin area in order to make the event truly impactful. This year, the REACH OUT Homeless Resource Fair aims to serve over 500 homeless in the community and double its volunteer efforts from last year.
Hilltop Leadership Development, Mobile Loaves and Fishes, and St. Ignatius Martyr Catholic Church are excited about continuing their collaborative efforts in support of the Austin area homeless and leaving a positive effect on our community.
Needed items for the 2012 Reach Out Homeless Resource Fair such as, socks, clothing, shoes, shampoo, deodorant, backpacks, blankets, and toiletries, can be donated to the St. Ignatius Parish Office.