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Vision students raise funds, awareness for homeless

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Photo submitted Vision student Kaiden Duke was one of the student council members who took a tour of the Abraham Connection homeless shelter in Delta before the “Night in a Box” event on Sept. 23. He is pictured in the men’s dorm at the shelter.
Photo submitted Eric Hamby, a senior at Vision Charter Academy and a member of the student council, kicks back in his cardboard abode during the fourth annual event “Night in a Box,” through which students aim to raise awareness of homelessness. This year, students also raised $328 in pledges from the event, which was donated to the Abraham Connection homeless shelter in Delta.

On the night of Sept. 23, Vision Charter Academy's student council took up cardboard boxes and blankets in an effort to promote awareness of homelessness. This is the fourth year student council has done the event "Night in a Box."

Prior to the actual night spent in a box, student council members took a tour of the Abraham Connection building to see where the money they raised would be going. Students learned that the Abraham Connection is the only homeless shelter in Delta County that offers a place to stay for both single individuals and families. The shelter is set up to feel like a home, fully equipped with dorm rooms, a large kitchen, dining area, TV, books and more. Abraham Connection is designed with the intent of helping its guests get back on their feet. Guests have to follow certain rules, including no loitering near the building or panhandling in the City of Delta. The guests of this shelter are also required to complete typical chores around the shelter every day, including cleaning the bathrooms, doing dishes after meals and taking care of their own laundry using coin-operated machines.

Following the tour, student council members spent the night, from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m., outside at the Delta campus of Vision Charter Academy. The weather had been rough that day -- rainy, cloudy and windy -- but finally cleared up after the sun went down, allowing the stars to come out. The students said that the night was not very warm, but it was much warmer than last year's Night in a Box which was done in November. Students solicited pledges from friends and family to participate in the event. Students raised $328 from donations and pledges for this cold activity. The funds were delivered to Abraham Connection the week after the event.

Now the rest of Vision Charter Academy has joined the homeless awareness project and will be donating canned foods, money and other needed goods at each campus location for the month of October. The students of VCA encourage other people in Delta County to donate whatever they can to this wonderful organization to support those in need. Donations may be dropped off at any of our campuses in Delta, Cedaredge or Paonia.

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