Nov 16th - 24th 2019 is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Group of leaders holding proclamationThis morning Mayor Heaton and Judge Watts met with leadership from Bethany Haven IncRoom In The Inn Nelson County, and St. Vincent De Paul Bardstown to sign a proclamation stating the week of Nov 16th - 24th to be National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week in Bardstown.

Here's an excerpt:

​WHEREAS: The purpose of this proclamation is to educate the public about the fact that many people are hungry and homeless, and that there is a shortage of affordable housing in Bardstown for very low income residents, and also to encourage support for homeless assistance service providers, as well as community service opportunities for students and school service organizations; and

WHEREAS:​There are organizations in Bardstown and Nelson County committed to sheltering, providing supportive services, as well as meals and food supplies to the homeless, including: Bethany Haven and its Room in the Inn program, along with over 20 participating churches and religious organizations, such as St. Vincent de Paul Outreach Ministries and the Bread for Life Community Food Pantry; and

WHEREAS:​The leaders of the City Government of Bardstown recognize that homelessness continues to be a serious problem for many individuals and families in Bardstown and Nelson County; and

WHEREAS:​The intent of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is to shed light on the positive efforts of individuals and organizations in our community that are working to assist people with housing, food, employment and self-sufficiency; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, J. Richard Heaton, Mayor of the City of Bardstown, do hereby proclaim November 16-24 2019 to be

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Further, I urge all citizens to recognize that many people do not have access to the basic necessities of life, such as housing and food, and need support from citizens and public and private service organizations.