By: Kylen Mills
Some Quad Citians didn't wake up in their beds this morning, but outside on the ground.
All to get a taste of what it's like to be homeless.
The 2nd Annual Humility of Mary Night at the Shelter Sleep Out is giving folks a new view of the homeless.
"Now I know how they feel," said Sleep Out participant Kylee Camlin.
Participants like Camlin slept in tents, homemade shelters or just out under the stars, and they quickly learned the harsh realities of homelessness.
"It was like really cold and hot and we got wet and it was uncomfortable," said Camlin.
But Humility of Mary Officer Manager Melanie Jones says once the night is over participants can go back home to their beds, a hot shower or maybe out for breakfast. While the homeless will wake up to another day on the streets.
"And that's why it's important to have shelters like ours, Humility of Mary Shelter, so that we can get people off the street and into a comfortable place and stable," said Jones.
Jones says not only was the sleep out designed to raise money for the shelter, but to make people think twice about helping the homeless.
A lesson mom and girl scout troop leader Jenny Kolwey hopes will stick with her kids for a lifetime.
"My girl scouts and my children will grow up to be responsible and care about their community enough to not think that homeless is just a problem for certain people in our area but it is our whole community problem and that we would all help each other," said Kolwey.
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