On May 1st, the Fifth Annual Sleep Out for the Homeless was held with an occasional sprinkle. Over 20 faculty/students/community people attended. The most unusual sleep out fixture was a large cardboard box that looked the size of a ship container! Rae Palmer-Jones did a great job in organizing the event along with Tyrone King. Rae also gave a very moving tribute to our friend and colleague Wes Warren, as did Tyrone. Three different TV crews came, but even after their cameras had ceased “rolling” they stayed for all of the tributes to Wes including a powerful video. At the conclusion, a recovering addict who is associated with the VOA talked about his experiences going from a successful student to a professional tennis player/boxer to a homeless person suffering from various addictions. His poem on the word “Time” was especially moving.
The event was staged to raise awareness about the close to 1,000 people in our area who are homeless today as you read this email, and to raise money for the “Coalition of the Homeless of the Southern Tier”. I would encourage all to consider writing a check to “The Coalition of the Homeless of the Southern Tier” and send it to Doug Garnar, who is collecting donations and will see that the Coalition receives them by May 16th. All donations should be sent to Doug in Titchener Hall, Room, 211 B, MS# 66.
Rae, Wes, Sara Doane (former BCC VISTA) and Doug started this event five years ago. We know that Wes was with us last night and that his spirit will remain always with us as we continue this sleepout tradition in the coming years.
— Submitted by Doug Garnar