Living Homeless


At least 100 people are expected to spend the night outside, sleeping in boxes to build awareness for the homeless.



November 15, 2017

ARLINGTON, Va. –  On Saturday, November 18, at least 100 people—including high school students—are expected to sleep in boxes outside Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Alexandria for the ‘Homeless for a Night’ campout for homelessness awareness. In addition to building awareness, the church will collect socks and adult male winter boots, as the local hypothermia shelter at Rising Hope United Methodist Church has identified that as a need.  A Mass will be held that evening at 5:00, and Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington, will be the principal celebrant and homilist. 

Participants are not allowed electronics, power tools, wood or hammers/nails.

Kevin Lynch, a 14-year-old freshman at West Potomac High School, says he’s looking forward to the event–and it’s not because he gets to be with his friends. “I think it will be a good experience to walk in the same shoes as someone who is less fortunate than I am.”



When:           Saturday, November 18, 2017

Time:             2:30–9 pm

                      5–6 p.m. (Mass)

Where:         Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 8710 Mount Vernon Highway, Alexandria