Family Promise, the nation’s leading organization fighting family homelessness, is hosting this year’s Night Without a Bed on October 21st. Night Without a Bed is a social media challenge that raises awareness for families experiencing homelessness. Family Promise of Davie County, along with 200+ other affiliates nationwide, will be participating in the event.
Night Without a Bed caps off Family Promise Week, an annual week-long event that raises awareness about family homelessness and celebrates Family Promise’s commitment to ending the crisis.
Participants are asked to sleep anywhere without a bed for one night: cars, a tent, a treehouse, the living room floor, a couch, etc., and use the hashtag #NightWithoutABed2023 to post a video or photo sharing their experiences.
Last year, Hillsdale United Methodist Church’s youth group hosted a Night Without a Bed lock-in. FPDC provided information on family homelessness in our community and how youth can get involved. Hillsdale UMC volunteer Mary Ann Hartman said, “We pulled an all-nighter and played games, ate pizza, and watched movies to support Davie County families experiencing homelessness.” She said the youth group is excited about hosting their second annual event this year and encourages other groups to do the same.
Every year in America, over 3 million children experience homelessness. These children are 8-9 times more likely to repeat a grade, 3 times more likely to be placed in special education programs, and 7 times more likely to attempt suicide. 42% will drop out of school at some point, and 47% suffer from anxiety, depression, or withdrawal.
“Spreading awareness is something everyone can do- young or old. It doesn’t cost you anything and really makes a difference,” said Lisa Reynolds, executive director. “We encourage anyone and everyone to participate in Night Without A Bed.”
For more information on Night Without a Bed and how to participate, head to nightwithoutabed.org.
Experiencing homelessness can happen more easily than you think. Many Americans are one missed paycheck, one unexpected bill, or one medical emergency away from being in crisis. Did you know that 49% of Americans lack the ability to cover a $400 emergency expense?
Family Promise is a community-based response to families experiencing homelessness. For the past six years, Family Promise of Davie County has worked to help families attain sustainable independence through the provision of shelter, financial assistance, and case management.
“Families come to us in crisis; we help them rebuild their lives with new skills and ongoing support,” said Reynolds. “We provide prevention services before families reach crisis, shelter and case management if they become homeless, and stabilization programs once they have secured housing to ensure they remain independent.”
Programs offered include:
“So far this year, we’ve prevented homelessness for 41 families that were at risk of losing their housing and provided shelter and transitional housing to 8 families. That’s 97 children who have been able to stay in their homes and 13 children who have been given a roof over their heads,” Reynolds shared.
“Shelter is one of our basic human needs, and addressing the issue of family homelessness takes an entire community. We invite you to be part of the solution.”
Family Promise of Davie County’s annual fundraiser, “A Promise of Christmas,” will be held on Saturday, December 2nd, at The Farm at Oak Hill. All funds raised support the work they do to address the issue of family homelessness holistically. Tickets are available at www.familypromisedc.org/events.
To learn more about Family Promise of Davie County or to donate, visit www.familypromisedc.org.