Family Promise, the nation’s leading organization fighting family homelessness, is hosting this year’s Night Without a Bed on October 22, 2022. 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 participants are asked to sleep anywhere without a bed for one night: cars, a tent, a treehouse, living room floor, a couch, etc., and use the hashtag #NightWithoutABed2022 to post a video or photo sharing their experiences.
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, but this year we have challenged local church youth groups and boy/girl scout troops to host a lock-in/camp-out for Night Without A Bed. These groups will learn about family homelessness, the impacts it has, and what they can do to get involved.”
For more information on Night Without a Bed and how to participate, head to www.nightwithoutabed.org.