Commissioners Approve Request To Bring Awareness To Homelessness

(BEDFORD) – The Lawrence County Commissioners approved Ginny Fullen’s request to sleep out under the stars Friday on the Lawrence County Courthouse lawn.

The event is scheduled for Friday from 8 p.m. until Saturday at 8 a.m.

Fullen has lived in Lawrence County for more than 43 years and is a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. She volunteers at the Men’s Shelter. She will be joined by Jennifer George Richason, who also is a volunteer at the men’s shelter.

(Left to right) Ginny Fullen and Jennifer George Richason bringing awareness to homelessness.

The two will be spending the night near the Lady Liberty statue. Guardian angels from the church will be joining her throughout the night to lift up prayers for the homeless.

“I have prayed about this and was prompted by the Holy Spirit to do this. I wanted to sleep out in a public place to bring awareness to homelessness,” Fullen added.

The virtual sleep is a fundraiser for the Shalom Community Center in partnership with First United Methodist Church in Bloomington and for the Men’s Shelter in Bedford.

“This is to promote awareness of the plight of homelessness, teach your children in the way of the Lord,” Fullen added.

Participants will be sleeping out in their backyards, living room floors, and practice social distancing while doing it to raise critical funds and bring awareness about homelessness in both Lawrence and Monroe counties

The net proceeds of the event will support Shalom’s overnight shelter, and Friends Place, the only non-religious year-round emergency shelter for homeless adults in the region.

“When the men’s shelter in Bedford is not open, our men go to one of these facilities,” Fullen says. “We all work together.”

All ages are encouraged to sleep out.

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“I suggest my friends locally and out of state to do their part and support the homeless shelter of their choice,” said Fullen.

Donations for Bedford Men’s Warming Center can be sent to Post Office Box 430, Bedford, IN. 47421.