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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - Ever wonder what it’s like to be homeless? You can experience it tonight as the New Life Evangelistic Center (NLEC) hosts its 24th annual Night with the Homeless.

Those who attend the all-night evening program and sleep out (staying overnight is optional) will gain firsthand knowledge of the growing crisis of homelessness.

“We want people to experience what’s its like to be on the streets of St. Louis as you’re told to go from place to place, where you can’t be in the parks after 10 o’clock at night, you can’t lay down on the sidewalks,” Reverend Larry Rice said.

Adding people will identify with, and help, the homeless.

“It’s going to be a worth while experience for those who participate, an eye-opening experience,” Rice told KMOX. “They’re going to move into the world of the hidden homeless, the hidden city.”

About 100 people have registered to take part this year.

The event is being held from 7 tonight until 7 Saturday morning, at 1600 S. Vandeventer, near I-44. Rice says if you want to take part, just show up or call the New Life Evangelistic Center at (314) 421-3020.

All proceeds will help fund job training programs and upgrades to the NLEC at 1411 Locust Street.

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