Help for the Homeless

By Haley Burton

November 9, 2012 Updated Nov 9, 2012 at 8:22 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week is November 10-18, 2012.

Davis College and Broome Community College's basketball teams are helping the Rescue Mission and CHOW this week.

"In Broome County and the Greater Binghamton area last year, we had over 1,300 individuals who experienced homelessness," said Rebecca Rathmell, Rescue Mission, "Of concern locally and nationwide, that number would predominately be made of white men, usually 30 and over but we're seeing a pretty significant rise in females that are homeless, veterans that are homeless and families that are experiencing homelessness as well."

On Tuesday, November 13, Davis College and Broome Community College will use regular-season basketball games to increase awareness of hunger and homelessness.

They will also be collecting non-perishable food items for CHOW (Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse) and raising funds for Whitney Place.

Both basketball games will be held on the schools’ home courts to highlight National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

On November 13, at 6 p.m., the Davis College Falcons will play their home game against Onondaga Community College. At 8 p.m., the Broome Community College Hornets will take their court against SUNY Delhi.

"The students are going to be selling red Rescue Mission bracelets for $1.00 to raise some funds to come back to the Rescue Mission. CHOW is going to have a donation barrel on each campus," said Rathmell.

Fans and students are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to CHOW.

Whitney Place is the Rescue Mission’s supportive housing residence for homeless men in Binghamton. It opened in November 2010. It can house 32 men at a time and provide meals, laundry, life skills training, job training and many other resources.

"We've been able to provide housing to 100 guys since we've opened. We have been able to help over 20 of our residents find full-time employment," said Rathmell.

This year, the Rescue Mission celebrates its 125th anniversary. The organization conducts programs in Syracuse, Auburn and Binghamton and operates 12 Thrifty Shopper stores. For more information, visit the Rescue Mission by Clicking here.

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