CONCERT FOR SOCKS?
We know the needs of people experiencing homelessness are complex and require a multitude of responses and actions. As much as we wish we could do everything, we simply cannot. So what is it we can do?
Here at Concert for Socks, we have a desire to bring people together in their communities to encourage support for and to promote awareness of, homelessness and addiction. And we do this through using the arts for social transformation: pursuing social justice through music, visual arts, and spoken word.
There are so many organizations who deeply love and care for people experiencing homelessness. We want them to know they are not alone and that their community is here to help them, help others.
So this is our part. And however small it may be in the larger story unfolding in our city and across Canada, we are here to shine a light on the beautiful people we walk by every day.
We’ve picked socks to rally around. Why? Not only are there never enough socks at homeless shelters, but they are a real and practical human need - a good reminder of a shared commonality and proof that a person’s need is not their identity.
Let’s be real, people need stuff. It isn’t the only thing but it’s a helpful step in a healthy direction. More money will never end poverty, but it does help move things along. There are larger systemic issues that need to be addressed and we are thankful for those who have taken that responsibility. We also recognize that while we fight for meaningful change there are still people who are hungry, thirsty, and need practical help today. A clean pair of socks might not end homelessness but it’s a place for us to start.
Community issues require community response. Inviting everyone to the table. Empowering those we are helping to be participants in their own poverty alleviation. We aim to serve alongside our neighbours and see people as more than what they don’t have. Music, spoken word, art. We bring people together to share their gifts and talents with us. The Arts have a way of stirring our hearts and motivating us into action. And of course, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a good party for a good cause?!