GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - Green Bay's H.O.P.E Project says the number of homeless people in Northeast Wisconsin is on the rise.
As a first step in solving the problem, the group held a rally today in Green Bay. Organizers say the initial step in solving homelessness is creating awareness.
"I get the mentality of 'somebody else will take care of it, I wouldn't make a difference', said H.O.P.E team Co-chair Bree Decker. "But everybody makes a difference."
On Thursday afternoon, volunteers rallied, sharing their message with passerby.
"I want the city and county to embrace this," said Decker. "Obviously we have a problem here that we need to help these families and help these individuals. Not so much complain about the problems, but look at how we can help.
As the evening progressed, a unique tribute came to light. Volunteers lit a total of 427 luminaries, to represent the estimated 427 homeless people in Brown County.
"It's a really visual understanding of, when you look at the park you'll think 'wow, that's what we're seeing here in Brown County. How can I get involved?"
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