My good friend Adam cared about people. He helped people in need, even if all they needed was a friend who would listen. In his too-short life, he touched the lives of many. He also brought people together and advocated for those who needed a voice.
Adam would have been the first person to sign up for the SLEEP OUT! and I am so glad David put this team together as a way to honor what mattered to Adam.
If you knew Adam, you know how passionate he was about helping others, especially the homeless. He kept items in his car to hand out to homeless people he encountered in parking lots or at intersections. He cooked 20 pounds of chicken every Friday to serve at the Columbus Relief bus on Saturdays. His homeless friends called him The Chicken Man.
When Adam talked about homelessness and said "there is so much work to do," his voice told you he felt almost responsible for helping every person in need. He was generous beyond words.
He made a real impression (!!!) when he attended the Huck House Youth Awards eight days before he passed away. In his typical disarming way, he made his point that homelessness was an issue everyone should be concerned about.
When our mutual friend Sonya (who works at Huck House) told him about the idea for a sleep out, he said "DO IT! and I will be the first to sign up."
Huck House is the perfect organization to support in Adam's honor. In 2016, 520 teens ages 12-17 stayed at Huckleberry House's Crisis Shelter. Since 2012, the number of homeless youth served annually by the Huck House Youth Outreach Program has doubled.
Team Adam is going to SLEEP OUT! because, as Adam would say, there is so much work to do.