In January each year the DRCC teens join with young people from across Middlesex County to brave January's cold and sleep outdoors for one night in order to raise awareness of the issue of homelessness right here in Middlesex County.

The annual Homelessness Awareness Sleepout is sponsored by 10 faith-based organizations in collaboration with the Middlesex Coalition on Housing and Homelessness (MCCHH), and leaders from the "End in Ten" plan to End Homelessness in the county.

Youth participants learn about the county's Ten Year Plan, discuss enlisting the help of communities of faith with homelessness, and examine their own personal perceptions of who the homeless are while also discussing what they would carry if they had to squeeze all their possessions into one backpack. The teens hear first-hand about the ordeal of homelessness from several speakers who are currently or formerly homeless.  Participants are also able to ask questions. A simple soup and bread dinner is served prior to bedding down in cardboard boxes put together by the teens.  Adult chaperones and indoor warm alternate sleeping options remains available all evening at DRCC.

Contact Chelsea C. through the church directory.