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Ladonna Urick, Ex. Dir. Mission Change Ladonna Urick, Ex. Dir. Mission Change
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Many of us will never know what its like to be homeless. But the reality is it could happen to anyone of us. Mission Change invites you to hear stories from those that have lived on the streets and about the programs available to help at an upcoming event.

When someone becomes homeless, a feeling of helplessness usually follows. But knowing where to turn for help is the key to turning that around.

"What we ask everybody is can you give up your bed for one night for those that don't have a bed every single night," said Ladonna Urick, Ex. Dir. Mission Change.

The 6th annual "Sleep Out" is coming to Turtle Park Friday November 8th. Bring your sleeping bags, pillows, tents and decorated boxes.

Noelle Sparks will share her story during the program. She lost her mother, her father left her and her sister and she made some bad choices along the way. "I have five kids and I met Mission Change on the process when I lost my job and I had to choose whether there was gonna be a roof over my head or food to eat," said Sparks.

A mission change program is helping to tutor her kids after school and with their encouragement and support it has changed her life. "I only have one test to take for my GED," said Sparks.

The sleep out is Mission Change's only fundraiser and helps to keep these programs going. The event is full of information on what is available to families or an individual, from getting clothes washed to putting food on the table.

"Come out and learn how to serve our community better and know what's available to people that they come in contact with," said Urick.

Sparks says no matter what your situation is it just takes some courage to ask for help. Hear her story, her new business venture along with many others from 7-10 pm next Friday night.

You can also bring canned goods for a local food bank and If you are not able to attend the sleep out next Friday but would like to learn more or help drop off donations at Mission Change at 308 Flint Avenue or online at


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