On Thursday, nearly 100 volunteers braved the cold and took part in Urban Peak’s Night Out On the Streets For Homeless Youth Project.
For the past five years, Urban Peak has hosted the project, which encourages people to learn what it is like to experience what homeless teens face every day.
“It’s just one night,” Director of Development Andy Petersen said. “We know we all go back to our regular lives tomorrow, but a lot of the people we serve at Urban Peak, homeless youth in the area, don’t have that option.”
Night Out started with volunteers eating dinner and participating in discussion panels inside the United Methodist Church.
Petersen said last year, the nonprofit served more than 600 homeless teens in El Paso County.
“For those youths to be spending out all the time, this project is for to help those understand when they see someone on the streets to respond differently and help an organization like Urban Peak,” Petersen said.
Funds were also raised for Urban Peak.