National Roof Over Your Head Day

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Today is National Roof Over Your Head Day. This day doesn’t cost anything but a few moments of gratitude. Sure, Thanksgiving was a week ago, but thankfulness doesn’t have to stop there.

Perhaps we notice our shelter more when the weather is more extreme. It’s been cold and rainy and downright icky lately and despite the holiday, we hunkered down in our warm houses. A roof’s job is to protect us from the weather’s elements.

While this isn’t a blog about leaky roofs and how to repair them, a homeowner quickly learns to fix these kinds of problems. One little drip can turn into a major mess and winter isn’t a convenient time to be in the cold, literally or figuratively.

Another focus of this day is to be aware of the issue of homelessness. According to www.sedgwickcounty.org, a 2014 national snapshot of homelessness taken one day in January, the Department of Housing and Urban Development counted more than 600,000 individuals that are homeless. Locally the snapshot of homelessness for Wichita/Sedgwick County’s annual point in time reflected more than 600 individuals and families are literally homeless, living on the streets, in homeless shelters or transitional housing. Nationally one-third of homeless individuals have a serious mental illness; locally that percentage is higher.

COMCARE is the local mental health authority for Sedgwick County and a safety net for individuals in need of mental health services. Their office is located at 1969 W. 21st St. N. and can be reached at (316) 295-4721.

Check out this brochure of local homeless programs and see what you can do to help.

Pause for a moment and be thankful for the roof over your home.

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