About Our Organization
Organized in 2005, Mental Health Association of Siouxland is an advocate for people suffering with mental illness. We have focused our attention primarily in the area of housing since it has been shown to be the number one factor in stabilizing a person with mental illness. A very large percentage of the homeless population suffers from mental illness and/or substance abuse. We provide financial support for the homeless shelters in Siouxland through our big event - The Siouxland Sleep Out. Although awareness and housing are our main emphases, we also provide volunteer services and transportation to those suffering with mental illness.
The SIOUXLAND SLEEP OUT takes place the first Friday in November each year. This will be our 15th event. We encourage individuals and groups to spend one night out at Lewis and Clark Park Mercy Field to provide awareness, funds and hope to area homeless. On any given night in Siouxland 200-300 persons are without a place to call home. Funding comes from corporate sponsors as well as individual sponsors of those who sleep out. Since 2005, we have provided over $750,000 to local shelters and support services. This is a community project and all of the money raised stays local. The money is used to pay ongoing expenses of shelters, provide supportive services, provide food and supplies and transportation to those most in need.
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