SPOKANE, Wash. - Union Gospel Mission's “Live Outside Yourself” night, a brand new tradition, had around 50 college kids sleeping in a parking lot, without tents Tuesday.
The tradition, created by UGM's own Ryan Brown, helps to bring awareness to homelessness during World Homeless Day.
“It's a pretty simple thing that we did,” said Brown. "It was more about the challenge and the empowerment and getting students used to the idea of living a little uncomfortably for the night."
Needless to say - UGM wasn't sure how attractive the event would be to college kids.
“We had no idea what to expect,” said UGM student intern Christa Inouye.
What they got was students from Whitworth, Eastern, Moody Bible Institute, and at least one free agent.
“One girl came and she was like 'I just showed up here, I don't know anyone, I heard about this, and I have a heart for the homeless.' We all share that. We all want to help serve in some way,” said Inouye.
It's that heart for the homeless that Brown hopes to find in Spokane's huge college population in the years to come.
“I would say we planted lots of seeds and word will spread,” said Brown. “This is very much an activist generation so I want to put feet to that heart. So I think we're going to see a lot of students excited about doing something in their city.”