On Friday, November 17th, members of the Tufts community and SHC staff will be braving the elements and sleeping outdoors to spread awareness and support for SHC’s most vulnerable clients. Although we will never understand the toll that hunger and homelessness have on SHC’s clients, we are partnering with SHC to host this event in the hopes that we can fuel the community's passion and desire to help our neighbors who are without a home and food.
WANT TO GET INVOLVED?
We are asking YOU, our community, to support us! Here's how you can get involved:
- Come Join Us at The Sleep Out on 11/17! We will be hosting The Sleep Out on from 7 PM-7 AM on 11/17/23, and the event will be split into 2 parts:
- 7-11 PM: We will be hosting activities and discussions dedicated to raising awareness for SHC’s most vulnerable clients. Attending this portion of the event is a great way to support SHC and their mission if you’re not able to sleep out with us through the night.
- 11 PM-7 AM: We will be sleeping out on Res Quad. Please register for the sleep out portion of this event by Monday, 11/13 at 11:59 PM so that we can ensure we have enough supplies for everyone. We encourage you to bring your own sleeping bags/tents!
- Tufts students are welcome to join us for one or both parts of the event. We ask that if you’re interested in attending either portion of the event, you still register for the event under “Team Tufts”. Registration includes free dinner!
Tufts and SHC Have a Long Partnership History
By partnering in The Sleep Out, Tufts students are proud to continue its long partnership with the Somerville Homeless Coalition (SHC) that dates back many decades. For years, Tufts students organized a fundraising dinner called, Faculty Waits On You, and the entire proceeds went to SHC. Another constant throughout the decades has been FOCUS’ pre-orientation program in which students secured food donations for SHC’s pantry. Additionally, in the late 2000s, Tisch College organized a 3-year community research project co-led by the SHC and a community health faculty member. This project engaged students in learning about research methods, immersing them in the Somerville community, and learning from community members and leaders. The research helped SHC to understand the population better, particularly with regard to food insecurity. One outcome was a successful fundraising drive that resulted in a new walk-in refrigerator for SHC’s food pantry so perishable foods can be properly stored.