HomeFront hosts homelessness awareness week events

HomeFront is preparing for the Thanksgiving season with a series of events. Beginning on Thursday, November 21, HomeFront will join more than 700 sites in the United States hosting events to highlight local issues around poverty during the 49th annual National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Since its inception 25 years ago, HomeFront has worked to break the cycle of poverty and end homelessness in central New Jersey, serving thousands of Mercer County families.

Thursday, November 21: “Hunger and Homelessness in our Community: An Expert Panel,” co-hosted by HomeFront and Labyrinth Books as part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.  Panelists will include Princeton University professor and poverty researcher Kathryn Edin; Shakira Abdul-Ali, Trenton’s Director of Health and Human Services; Mary Gay Abbott-Young, Rescue Mission of Trenton’s CEO; Sarah Steward, HomeFront’s Chief Operating Officer; and Talitha-Koumi “TK” Oluwafemi, YMCA’s Manager of the Greenwood Avenue Farmers Market, who will provide a personal perspective on the climb out of poverty. This event is at 6 pm, free, and open to the public at Labyrinth Books (122 Nassau Street, Princeton).

Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23: Tours of HomeFront’s Family Campus (9am-4pm) in honor of National Hunger and  Homelessness Awareness Week. Free and open to all community members. Come see HomeFront’s comprehensive services model in action, which provides local families experiencing homelessness with a temporary place to stay and the tools needed to live self-sufficiently. Located at 101 Celia Way in Ewing, across from the Trenton Airport.  

Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23: HomeFront’s Annual ArtSpace Holiday Market (9am-4pm). Members of the community can select seasonal gifts that support local families climbing out of poverty. Evocative handmade pieces by current and former HomeFront clients and unique gift-able works from local, regional and national artists will be for sale. On November 22, clothing and jewelry vendors, sponsored by the Homefront Women’s Initiative also will join the event. Located at HomeFront’s Family Campus, 101 Celia Way in Ewing, across from the Trenton Airport. Tours of the campus will also be offered throughout the day.

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