Cardboard life shows different reasons for homelessness

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By Stephen Thomas

SHEPHERDSVILLE -- For one night adolescents experienced the struggles and plight of the homeless.


Cardboard Light is an event designed to allow an opportunity for young people to remain homeless throughout an entire evening. The event was hosted at the Shepherdsville Government Center.

Members of Victory Baptist, Vine Hill and Bardstown Baptist Church youth groups participated. Victory Baptist youth pastor Stephen Crenshaw said 38 youth members ranging from 6th through 12th grade attended the event.

Participants begin with building a dwelling from cardboard boxes.

Each participant then checks in at an identity station, where each receives a reason why they have become homeless based on real-life scenarios.

Throughout the evening a cup of soup broth is all the participants are allowed to eat.

“I think they got the idea,” Crenshaw said.

Cardboard Light was also created as a Dare-To-Care fundraiser. Participants raised more than $1,200 through sponsors, with more on the way according to Crenshaw.