Cardboard House Built in Cinema Court to Raise Awareness about Homelessness in Niagara – Seaway Mall
The YWCA Niagara Region team of volunteers were busy at Seaway Mall early on Saturday morning putting together the Cardboard House in Cinema Court. The 24×16 foot house was built with the support of Mountainview Homes with a unique purpose; to raise awareness about the growing problem of homelessness in Niagara.
The Cardboard House is an interactive display that tours visitors through the many misconceptions, realities, and solutions to homelessness in Niagara. Breaking down the stereotype that “homelessness could never happen to me”, is perhaps the strongest message within the House. Upon entering the door, visitors are confronted with their own image and are challenged to recognize that homelessness is not selective – it can happen to anyone. The Cardboard House is currently located in Cinema Court, Seaway Mall until June 8th, 2018.
This exposure works in correlation with the No Fixed Address event, a 24-hour Live-In-Your-Car-A-Thon. Like a marathon or a walk-a-thon, participants gather sponsorships from friends and family and take part in an experience that gives them a taste of what it is like to be homeless for a day.
Over the course of 24 hours, participants will experience just how little room a car has when they sleep in it, what a soup kitchen diet looks like and how difficult it is to find a private restroom when they need it most. They will be challenged during this time and will leave forever changed.
Help Seaway Mall, Giant FM and Country 89 in YWCA Niagara’s quest to reach their goal of $60,000 to help fight homelessness together!
Come on down to Cinema Court & take a tour of the Cardboard House while enjoying some family fun on May 26th!
Stay tuned for more great NO FIXED ADDRESS events happening at the Seaway Mall!