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Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc. held its second annual Night at the Shelter SleepOut fundraiser Friday at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport.

The fundraiser aims to spread awareness about homelessness and raise money for the shelter to continue providing services for the homeless. The event was created to give people a small glimpse into the life of a homeless person.

Attendees build shelters at the event and sleep in them outdoors.

Melanie Jones, the shelter's office manager, said there is an estimated 800 – 900 homeless people in the Quad Cities. The shelter serves about 82 of them every night and might have to turn about five homeless people away per week.

Last year's fundraiser raised about $10,000, Jones said. She said it hopes to raise more than that at this year's event.