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‘Homeless for a night’

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Good Shepherd Church in Alexandria hosted its annual “Homeless for a Night Campout” on the church grounds Nov. 23. Despite rain, more than 50 participants joined the campout to raise awareness for homelessness, building shelters out of cardboard and sleeping on the ground.

Participants were given a presentation on Catholic Charities Christ House in Alexandria that ministers to 14 homeless men, and were provided a meal similar to the dinner Christ House serves to the homeless population every night.

“The annual ‘Homeless for a Night Campout’ gives all parishioners, and especially our youth, an opportunity to be in solidarity with people who are homeless,” said Father Thomas P. Ferguson, pastor of Good Shepherd and diocesan vicar general. “Those who camp out literally feel the pain of a cold and damp dark night, and parishioners who see the camp on the way into church are moved to be ever more generous in providing food, clothing and shelter for those who are homeless in our community.”

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2019