Pray & Rally In Salem Fri., Feb. 12th For Homeless Families & Homeless Students
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon and the Interfaith Project on Homeless Children and Families invite you to aday of activities on Feb. 12 at the Oregon State Capitol to help draw attention to the growing number of homeless families statewide and the growing number of homeless children in our public schools. Below you can download a flyer with all the information.
Recently the Oregon Dept. of Education announced there were 18,059 homeless children enrolled in Oregon's public schools last year (2008/09).That number was up 14% from the previous year, and it represents an increase of 122% since 2003/04.
The day begins at 10 am with an Interfaith leadership briefing on opportunities to provide service to homeless children and families — both directly, and through policy advocacy.Speakers include representatives from key state agencies, non-profit providers, and clergy.
At noon we gather on the capitol steps for a rally and prayer vigil in support of homeless children and families.Please join us in making a difference for some of our state’s must vulnerable people during the worst economic crisis of our generation.
Please forward this information to your contacts. As we search for ways to address the growing crisis of homelessness and homeless students, we need to have a visible presence at the Capitol as the Legislature meets in special session.
So please attend this event and invite your faith community, friends, co-workers, and families to join you by sending out this flyer to your e-mail contacts.
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