After a difficult day of working or studying, most people would love nothing more than to unwind in their room at the end of the day.

However, some people in the community do not have the option of a home, but instead must make do with whatever they can in their vehicle.

Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomington and Home Sweet Home Ministries would like  to highlight this issue that some face with its Night in a Car event. 

The event will be 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, when all participants are to check in.

The purpose of Night in a Car is to replicate homelessness to experience what some individuals must deal with, as well as raising money for those in need. The goal is to raise $1,000 per vehicle to help provide one person with both food and shelter for a month.

“People can still sign up and build teams for cars but for those who don’t want to participate they can donate through the website” Development Associate LeeAnn Kiper said.

This event will give participants an opportunity to have an impact on the community while also facing a challenge with friends and family.

Participants will also have a chance to take on an escape room at 8 p.m. and have breakfast the next morning at 6 a.m. when the event ends.

“The escape room is multi-staged with each room simulating different season and different aspects of being homeless,” Kiper said.

Several safety precautions have been taken. There are security volunteers who will roam the area throughout the night.

Alcohol, candles and open flames are also prohibited for this event, but those who need a moment to warm up can enter the church. Restrooms can be accessed throughout the night and there will be snacks available.

RAFAEL MENCHACA is a News Reporter for The Vidette. He can be contacted at rmencha@ilstu.edu Follow him on Twitter at @kuma_topics_

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