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    January 11, 2018
    Gimme Shelter is an event hosted by the South Side Office of Concern (SSOC) to raise awareness of the challenges faced by those without a place to call home.   On Friday, January 19, community members will spend the night, from 6:00 pm in the evening until 6:00 am the next morning, in a cardboard box outside the Peoria Civic Center.  
    As part of the event, SSOC is offering a series of educational activities around the issue of homelessness from 7:00 - 10:00 pm in Meeting Rooms 135-6 of the Peoria Civic Center.   Educational sessions are open to the
    public and anyone with an interest in the issue of homelessness is welcome to attend.
                                                                Street Smarts, An Interactive Homelessness Experience                                          7:00–7:30 pm
                Homelessness and the Community Needs  Assessment                                         
                Presented by Nicole Frederick, Heart of Illinois United Way                                    7:30–7:50 pm            
                Homeless Continuum of Care & Coordinated Entry                        
                Presented by Kevin Nowlan, Homeless Continuum of Care Director                        7:50–8:10 pm
                Ending Homelessness - Outreach and Housing Solutions               
                Presented by Sara Runyon,Chief Operating Officer, SSOC                                         8:10–8:30 pm
                Screening of the Award-Winning Documentary Film, Storied Streets                    8:30–10:00 pm
    SSOC is the largest provider of supportive housing dedicated to eliminating homelessness in our community.  With 148 units of housing, SSOC is taking people off of the streets - veterans, families, children, and single adults - and placing them in permanent homes.  Providing a place to live is only the beginning.  SSOC works
    to ensure each family or individual is able to maintain their home with services and support dedicated to helping them build self-sufficiency and the skills they need to change their lives.