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Cardboard City

CJC teenagers had an unusual sleepover in October. Members of the Columbia Jewish Congregation Teen Class made homes out of cardboard boxes, spent a Saturday night in October outside the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center. The idea behind the “Cardboard City Sleepout“ raised an understanding of what kinds of conditions the homeless face daily and to provide support for the homeless in Howard County. Approximately 170 people are homeless in Howard County, the 2014 survey of the homeless shows.CJC selected the October 11 date for the sleepout because it coincided with the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, a harvest holiday when Jews build temporary dwellings and commemorate 40 years of wandering in the desert. During the sleepout, students learned about homelessness and raised funds for shelters.Additionally, the community helped by donating with care packages with essential items to give to the homeless. Donations were given to Bridges to Housing Stability, Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center and Bread for the City.

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