November 23, 2015 5:11 PM

Millikin University and the Macon County Homeless Council Continuum of Care hosted a screening of the 2014 documentary "The Homestretch" on Nov. 19, at the Avon Theater in Decatur, Ill. "The Homestretch" follows three homeless teens in Chicago as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future.

The screening was the last in a series of community activities marking National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving.

Millikin's Human Service Connection and the Macon County Continuum of Care also hosted its 6th annual Box City event on Nov. 13. During the event, Millikin students spent the evening outside in cardboard boxes to simulate an accurate perspective on homelessness.

mary garrisonPrior to the film screening, Mary Garrison, Millikin associate professor of social work, was presented with the first-ever Continuum of Care Advocate of the Year award. The award was presented by Darsonya Switzer, program director of Homeward Bound.

"She advocates for the homeless to the degree people are not only listening, they're following," said Switzer.

Click on the following links to read more about the event from the Herald & Review and WAND-TV.