Second Annual Bridge City Project Date Set for January 23rd | Texarkana Homeless Coalition


On January 23, 2015, the Texarkana Homeless Coalition will again take our mission to the streets with the second annual Bridge City Project.

The event is designed to be a challenge to community leaders, government officials, and residents to raise awareness and funds and to reach out to the segment of our community who are most in need. Our challenge is simple; spend one night living the plight of the homeless.

Participants will spend the event night sleeping outside in a box or they may buy their way out with a $100 donation and a stand-in person to fill their box. In addition to “box residents”, we are asking for monetary sponsors and event volunteer teams. Press outlets will be on hand as government officials, local businesses, churches, and social service agencies participate in this city-wide initiative.

For the second consecutive year local schools will participate in building sleeping structures that will be used at the event. Awards will be given in several categories. New this year is a chili cook-off. The entry fee for the cook-off is $25 and contestants are asked to make enough chili for 50 people. Any left overs will be given to the local shelters.

The event will take place at the corner of Fifth and Oak Street in Texarkana, TX beginning January 23th and ending January 24th. Funds raised through this project and other projects sponsored by the Texarkana Homeless Coalition are used to help find solutions to chronic homelessness.

“There are so many who need our help” said Jennifer Laurent, Randy Sam’s Outreach Shelter Executive Director and Chairperson of the Texarkana Homeless Coalition. “It remains the goal of the Coalition to help the community understand the needs of those we work to serve while simultaneously seeking solutions to help end homelessness.”

For entry forms or for more information on the Texarkana Homeless Coalition please visit our website at or email

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