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BlueOx Branch Manager Sleeps Outdoors for Homelessness Awareness

drewOn Nov. 2, BlueOx Credit Union Coldwater Branch Manager Drew Boucher participated in “One Night Without a Home,” a Coldwater community event in which volunteers, like Boucher, met outside of the Coach Eby Center to sleep in cardboard boxes from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. to help bring awareness around homelessness.

“’The homeless,’ as an abstract, is far easier to walk past and ignore than the reality of too-thin children or forgotten veterans shivering in the cold,” said Boucher. “To be able to shake their hand and let them know that they are not forgotten, and that they have value, and can have hope for a better life means the world to me. We can do better, and I know that we will.”

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When asked if he walked away from the event with a deeper understanding of the issue, Boucher said, “It is going to be a much different experience than what a homeless person would face on the street, though, and I tried to use my time there to reflect on that. I have good insurance, secure income, people checking in on me, and no matter what happened I had the option to get into my vehicle and drive to someplace warm. I do not have any addictions or trauma that I have to cope with, and it was fairly unlikely that someone would steal my things while I was sleeping. Even with all of that, I was sore for days after and had a terrible time just going about my day.”

Additionally, “One Night Without a Home” is a part of the collective event, “A Day to Help the Homeless,” where the Coldwater community gets together to giveaway soup dinners in bowls decorated by students.

“BlueOx Credit Union is absolutely committed to serving our community, and I do feel like this is an extension of that,” continued Boucher. “It is easy to have a ‘we and they’ mentality and say that they are homeless, but the reality is that some of us are homeless. We have to take care of one another.”

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