By Andrea Bellew
This week, the Scott County Hospitality House and Georgetown College Common Ground are hosting an immersion awareness event called BOXOUT 2014. These two organizations want to bring awareness to homelessness because, in Kentucky alone, there are currently more than 2,500 homeless and displaced individuals.
Kandice Whitehouse, Case Manager and Volunteer Coordinator for the Hospitality House, said about the event, “We hope that the stereotypes and false images of the homeless will be shattered. The media presents the homeless population in a negative light and we want to shed that. We hope that the night will enlighten students. For one, there is homeless in Georgetown. It may not be visible like you see in the movies or even in big cities, but it is here. That is the big lesson that we want to teach. We also hope that participants will understand how hard some people work to move themselves out of their situation and are not able to. Homelessness is a problem that does not have an easy solution.”
BOXOUT will start at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 25 on Giddings Lawn. The main event of the night will be building houses and various challenges. Participants will form teams in order to complete the task. Each group will be given a scenario as soon as they check in. They will need to find resources, build a box home, take care of a family and try to make ends meet.
There will also be food, music and friendly competition. Student participants even have the opportunity to receive Nexus credit.