As most of you have noticed by the preponderance of campers and trailers hauling bikes and art cars on our freeways this past week, the annual Burning Man Festival is being held through Labor Day Weekend over 100 miles Northwest of Reno in the Black Rock Desert.
Emily Stewart, the daughter of SADOE Director Doyle Stewart, is a co-organizer of a Burning Man theme camp this week which intents to call attention to Reno’s homeless population.
The Last Chance Motel project hopes to pleasantly disrupt Burners’ experience and force them to think not only about the community of Reno, but their own community, and how they can combat homelessness, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal.
Their camp is holding a donation bin for non-perishable foods, toiletries, and hygiene products to support the community in Reno experiencing homelessness. They are joining with the local non-profit Karma Box, and will be donating all the collected goods to them to redistribute to our neighbors in need.
The Karma Box is a Reno nonprofit that has outfitted neighborhoods across Northern Nevada in creatively decorated boxes with supplies for the homeless population.
The project was set in motion shortly after the Best Bet Motel came down, and Emily and her friends considered how they could convey the desperation that tenants often reach before living in some of the motels.