GREEN BAY - If you were driving down East Mason Street in Green Bay Thursday, you may have noticed a group of people in Baird Place Park.
They gathered together, some holding signs, to shine light on homelessness in the city.
Attending a meeting at city hall this week, Chuck Pankratz found out about the gathering.
“I just felt I needed to be a part of it,” said Pankratz.
Organizers hope the event will bring out more people like Pankratz, ready to help the homeless population in Green Bay.
“In Green Bay there are a lot of people who don't really realize we have a homeless population,” said Bobbie Lison, an event organizer.
Homelessness leaders hoped signs would help spread the word. Each one had a message or statistic. Most of the people holding them are part of Project H.O.P.E, the homeless task force created earlier this year to attack the issue.
“I think it's helping a great deal,” said Lison. “I think that people are beginning to have an awareness of homeless in our community.”
The day's effort spanned six hours.
427 luminaries were lit. They marked the July 31st count of how many people in Green Bay were either staying in homeless shelters, temporary housing, or on the streets.
Volunteers also circulated a petition throughout the day. It is designed to encourage the city to adopt a 10-year plan to end homelessness. Right now, members of H.O.P.E are analyzing similar plans from St. Louis, Cincinnati and Fort Worth, Texas.
“That 10-year plan is really the road map, the guide to put things in place to solve or reduce homelessness,” said Lison.
H.O.P.E. leaders say it can't be done by one group. They say government, social service agencies and community members like Pankratz will have to come together.
“Through no fault of their own, people need help and I'd like to be able to be there. I think the others that are here feel the same way,” said Pankratz.
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