WHO: Goldie's Place, The National Coalition for the Homeless, Kindling Group, activist Mark Horvath, Director Susanne Suffredin, and Unity in Chicago.
WHAT: As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, most people take time to consider what they’re thankful for and donate some of their time, attention and resources to those less fortunate. In the spirit of thankfulness and giving, this year the National Coalition for the Homeless and Goldie’s Place are setting aside the week prior to Thanksgiving, National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, to educating our community, and more importantly providing opportunities to effect change.
As a part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Goldie’s Place will host an online charitable auction “The Ticket that Gives” slated to launch November 15th as a kick-off celebration to this very important campaign. National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is a national endeavor to promote education, action, and awareness about hunger and homelessness.
The campaign will culminate with an exclusive cocktail reception and VIP screening of the highly-acclaimed documentary “@home” featuring noted activist Mark Horvath. This documentary will be at the center of a national campaign to raise awareness of homelessness, generate support from community advocates and service organizations, and change policy for people who are homeless.
The event will commence with a cocktail reception, VIP screening and conclude with a Q&A session with Director Susanne Suffredin and friends of Goldie’s Place.
SYNOPSIS: @home is a feature length documentary about the invisible communities of people living without permanent housing. The film follows activist Mark Horvath as he talks with people across the country about their experiences of living on the street, in shelters and finding their way back home. Challenging stereotypes, @home asks us all to question how invisible we’ve allowed America’s homeless population to become. While these stories unfold, the film connects us deeply with larger policy issues of housing and healthcare, and the power of social media to drive real change.
WHEN and WHERE:
November 21: Film Screening and reception at Unity Church in Chicago
November 15 - 23, 2014 : Online fundraising auction via eBay
ABOUT: Goldie’s Place, for over 17 years, has worked with homeless adults providing dental, employment assistance and supportive services, at no cost. Our comprehensive services impact the lives of more than 1,000 homeless people each year, affording them the opportunity to gain self-sufficiency and self- confidence to aid in rebuilding their future. Since 2008, the agency has provided over $1.6 million dollars in free dental care and, between 2010-2013, secured job placements for close to 500 participants.
CONTACT: UniQue Webster, Development and Communications Manager
Goldie's Place, 5705 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60659