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AU Becoming “Homeless for the Homeless”

On September 18 and 19, the new Anderson University Athletic Campus will be transformed into a cardboard village, as AU’s Baptist Campus Ministries sponsors an overnight event replicating the homeless experience.

Participants in the “Homeless for the Homeless” fundraiser will commit to being “homeless” for one night to raise funds and awareness for homelessness in Anderson and surrounding areas.

The event is a partnership between AU’s BCM and Family Promise, an organization committed to reducing homelessness for children and their families in Anderson County by uniting local congregations through an Interfaith Hospitality Network to provide shelter, food, and the necessary tools needed for the families to regain their independence.

At the event, participants will take part in informational games on homelessness. The AU Christian showcase band “Mosaic” will provide worship and students from AU’s “Luke 10 Project” will share their experiences while living on the streets of Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia during their Spring Break.

The event’s “homeless” will go without food until the morning of September 19, when Disaster Relief of Spartanburg will prepare breakfast.

To BCM Community Team Director Leann Bowen, the event is “an opportunity for Anderson University and the community to bridge the gap and come together as a whole to make a difference in the lives of the people we see every day.”

“Homeless for the Homeless” is open to the public, but registration and a fee are required. To register or for more information, visit Registrations will be taken up to the day of the event.

Anderson University is a comprehensive university affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention offering bachelors and masters degrees. Anderson is ranked in the Top Tier (top 25) of colleges and universities in the South, and one of “77 Schools to Watch in America, by U. S. News & World Report.  Anderson has also been named one of “Americas 100 Best College Buys,” Located in The Upstate region of South Carolina near the foothills of the Appalachians, Anderson University features a rigorous education in a supportive Christian environment.


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