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San Rafael event aims to end homelessness

SAN RAFAEL, CA — A San Rafael Nonprofit who works year-round to put homelessness to rest asks residents to give up the comfort of their own bed for one night to help her achieve this goal.
Ritter Center will host a slumber party to end homelessness later this month.

The Ritter Center hopes to reach its fundraising goal of $175,000 by asking residents to donate for their own “evening.”

“Choosing to sleep in an area other than your bed for one night will not remotely recreate what it is like to sleep on the streets,” Ritter Center executive director Mark Shotwell said in a statement.

“But it can allow for greater reflection on how and why people become homeless and the struggles they face on a daily basis and help connect the community to solving homelessness with humanity. Who of us would like to be seen at their worst moment and have their potential defined by that?”

All funds raised through this initiative will support the Ritter Center’s housing, pantry and healthcare services.

Local businesses also use Sleepout for employee community engagement.

Ultragenyx, a Novato-based biopharmaceutical company developing new therapies for serious rare and ultra-rare genetic diseases, is hosting a Corporate Team Sleepout for its employees and their families.

“The Ritter Center’s mission to ensure everyone has access to the health care and services they need is aligned with the values ​​of our organization,” Ultragenyx Executive Vice President Ernie Meyer said in a statement. a statement.

“Our employees are some of the most engaged and community-minded people I’ve ever worked with, and we’re proud to support Sleepout to help the Ritter Center prevent and solve homelessness for local families.”

On Sleepout night, guests will attend the Ritter Center’s virtual program to hear from Sandi, a Ritter Center client who lived on the streets for years and now cooks weekly from her kitchen to deliver food to those who don’t. are not accommodated.

Other guests will include Marin County Supervisor Damon Connolly; Katie Rice, Marin County Supervisor; San Rafael City Mayor Kate Colin; Eli Hill, member of the city council of the city of San Rafael; Marin County Health and Human Services Director, Benita McLarin; Summer Cassel, District Representative for Sen. Mike McGuire; and guest speaker, Sam Tsemberis, PhD, who founded Pathways to Housing and developed the Housing First program.

The event will also include a fundraising awards ceremony, a meditative sound yoga bath and a children’s book reading.

The community is invited to register online to be part of Sleepout. Paid attendees receive a free 2022 Under the Stars t-shirt. All attendees and donors will receive a virtual goodie bag with discounts and goodies from local businesses. A silent auction will open one week before the event and will end at midnight during the Sleepout.

“Housing is a human right,” Shotwell said. “Homelessness is solvable. Everyone deserves a place to call home.”

A $25 fee is required for participants aged 6 and over. Children 5 and under are free.

The main sponsors of this event are: Marin Homeless Aid, Mechanics Bank, Heritage Bank of Commerce, Bank of Marin, Nugget Markets, Marin Living Magazine, Wipfli, Cavallo Point, First Federal Savings and Loan, Marin Sanitary Service, Pasha Group, Jessica Hansen Consulting, San Francisco Chronicle and SF Gate, Good Earth Natural Foods, Montecito Plaza, MCC Building Maintenance, Unicorn Group, Marin Association of REALTORS®, Spirit Airlines and many more.

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