Sleep Out on Superior
Costa Mesa, CA, November 21, 2014 – Share Our Selves’ 1st Annual Sleep Out on Superior was truly a special night, shared with new friends and old. The all-night program and sleep out brought the community together to bring awareness to the issues of hunger and homelessness in Orange County.Participants included groups of USC and Cal State Fullerton students, and families with children – the youngest being 5 years old! Over 85 people gathered at our Costa Mesa location to participate in activities such as packing bags of Thanksgiving produce, packing homeless food bags, sorting cans, bagging chickens, and making hygiene kids. We had wonderful speakers – Larry Haynes, CEO of Mercy House, spoke about homelessness in Costa Mesa, and several SOS clients shared their stories with group. One of the speakers, our client Kathy, said, “Coming to SOS is like coming home to Mom and Dad.”
The evening ended with a screening of “Storied Streets,” an excellent documentary on homelessness across the nation. Over 30 people spent the night in our parking lot, and woke up eager to share their experiences. The group enjoyed breakfast provided by Chef Mark Gagnon of Newport Beach Plaza, before packing up and heading home.
Many thanks to everyone who assisted us with planning this new event, and thank you to those staff members who joined us for the night. To watch a video of the event produced by Costa Mesa Brief, please click here.
- 50 homeless lunch bags packed
- 264 hygiene socks packed with supplies, with plenty of donated hygiene products left over
- Over 200 produce bags packed for Thanksgiving food bags
- 3 4’x4′ bins of can goods sorted