Family Promise Raises Awareness for Family Homelessness with Virtual Event
By Lisa Padilla -
Thursday Jun 25, 2020
Family Promise of Greater Phoenix, a nonprofit organization that rescues primarily first-time homeless families and their pets and helps them return to independence, hosted a virtual event called Night Without a Bed on June 20, 2020, to raise awareness and funds for families experiencing homelessness. The one-night campaign invited members of the community to give up their bed for the night and challenge friends and family to do the same.
Night Without a Bed has so far raised $21,475 for Family Promise to assist homeless families and children in their journeys back to self-sufficiency. Nearly 250 participants participated in the live virtual event held on June 20, and 50 people pledged to give up their bed for the night.
“Night Without a Bed demonstrated one of the many challenges that a homeless child can experience on a nightly basis,” said Ted Taylor, Executive Director at Family Promise. “Imagine being a child and not having your own bed to sleep in, how scary it might be, and how lacking a good night’s sleep can impact your life overall. We thank everyone for participating in Night Without a Bed, as no child should have to worry about where they will sleep at night.”
One in 16 children in the U.S. experiences homelessness by the first grade. These experiences can have lasting negative effects on children, as children who face homelessness are more likely to drop out of school, repeat a grade, suffer from depression, and attempt suicide.
Currently, Family Promise is sheltering more than a dozen families at their day centers in south Scottsdale. Before the coronavirus pandemic, Family Promise relied on its network of volunteer churches and synagogues to shelter and feed the families they serve while Family Promise assisted these families on their journey back to self-sufficiency. Family Promise has had to suspend its community-based model to protect their volunteers and families from potential spread of the virus. This operations shift has cost the nonprofit money and resources to continue its mission to shelter and find permanent housing for homeless families.
Fundraising for the Night Without a Bed campaign continues through July 8, 2020. Donations can be made to support Family Promise’s mission at http://www.FamilyPromiseAZ.org.
About Family Promise of Greater Phoenix:
Family Promise envisions a nation in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future. Family Promise of Greater Phoenix rescues primarily first-time homeless families from the streets and provides emergency shelter and basic needs in a sixty-day program designed to assist their return to self-sufficiency. Their shelter includes a sanctuary for the family pet, the first such program in Arizona. Learn more at http://www.familypromiseaz.org.