Published: Nov 18, 2012 10:07 AM EST
Updated: Nov 18, 2012 10:23 AM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. - You might see them every day, but do you ever take the time to notice the nearly 3,000 homeless men and women living in Lee County.

"They see them, but they don't see them, I call them invisible. In order to understand our problem, we have to see the problem," said Fred Schilffarth, the Founder of Friends of Lee County Homeless.

Schilffarth is walking the streets of Downtown Fort Myers this weekend to get a better understanding of the men and women he's trying to help. Along with a handful of homeless advocates, the homeless for a day challenge will also raise awareness in the community.

"We don't mean money, that's not the point. We want you to get to know somebody and motivate them to do something that they wouldn't be motivated to do," Schilffarth.

One woman told us one of the biggest issues for her and others is they don't have a safe place to sleep. They're not allowed in the parks once they close.

"I don't see what it's hurting to let the homeless sleep in the parks once they close," said the woman.
"They're all human beings and they all have family that's either disowned them, or they've disowned their family," Schilffarth said.

The homeless advocates spent the day speaking with homeless men and women. Later on Saturday night they will sleep at the First Baptist Church in Downtown.