Volunteers Attend Luncheon to Support Programs for Homeless

Volunteers with the Tallahassee Coalition of the Homeless attended a survivor luncheon where area professionals and business owners raised funds to help those less fortunate.

Jim Bailey, volunteer at Good News Outreach, said, "We want to participate as a community partner and help out both in the way that our ministry provides services as well as contribute financially for the coalition."

Richard Troxell works with the national coalition and he has found that many people, given the opportunity, can work their way out of homelessness.

Troxell said, "Everyone is about one paycheck away from being homeless. But what we found is the working poor is the source of where minimum wage workers who are now homeless have come from."

Troxell says nationally, about 3.5 million people will experience homelessness this year.

During Tuesday's luncheon, some volunteers were handed empty brown lunch bags as a reminder of how many people take something as simple as a lunch for granted.

Tuesday's luncheon coincides with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.