PITTSBURG, KS.--- Local businesses gathered in Pittsburg to help assist people who are experiencing homelessness. The goal is to get an estimate of how many people in the area are homeless and try to assist them. One of the volunteers use to be homeless and says without the help of complete strangers, she doesn't know where her life would be. For Autumn Keedy, volunteering to help homeless people is close to her heart.
"I know how it feels. It's not an easy thing to be homeless or not have anything. So, I would like to be here to help," said Autumn Keedy, Volunteer.
Keedy currently lives at Choices Shelter in Pittsburg. Without the generosity of people she didn't know, Keedy doesn't know where her and her five year child would be calling home.
"I'd probably be in the streets or under a bridge. I don't know, maybe sleeping from couch to couch if I could. I don't know where I would be," said Keedy.
"People in our community who are facing homelessness may not have the support network, they may not have a family member like you or I that could step forward and help," said Timi Houghton, SEK-CAP Coordinator.
The Southeast Kansas Community Action Program held a point in time service event today. It's an opportunity to estimate how many homeless people live in the area, and to connect them with organizations that can help.
"It's important that we all step up, as individuals, as agencies, as businesses, to sort of fill that gap because they still need help," said Houghton.
Keedy is moving into her own apartment this weekend. She hopes her experience will help others.
"I've had things and lost things. I just want others to be able to regain things and keep them. That's my main goal, to never become homeless again," said Keedy.
Houghton says the Southeast Kansas Community Action Program does point in time surveys every year to see what the homeless population is in the area. Are currently 200 recorded homeless people in Southeast Kansas, tripled the amount from the previous year.
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