Each year in America, 2.5 million children experience homelessness. One in sixteen American children will experience homelessness before they reach the first grade. These children are three times more likely to be placed in special education programs, eight to nine times more likely to repeat a grade, and seven times more likely than their peers to commit suicide. Now with the Coronavirus Pandemic impacting people across the country, low-income families are increasingly at-risk of homelessness and those experiencing homelessness have less access to spaces to safely practice social distancing.
Family Promise, the nation’s leading nonprofit addressing family homelessness, announced their First National Night Without a Bed challenge in partnership with KIA Motors and Avocado Green Mattress. The virtual event, which will be held on June 20, challenges participants to give up their bed for one night to raise awareness about family homelessness in America.
How To Join The Challenge:
Sleep anywhere without a bed: cars, a tent, a treehouse, living room floor, a couch on June 20th and use the hashtag #NightWithoutABed to post a video or photo on social media.
In addition to posting on social media, challenge one other friend to complete #NightWithoutABed or make a donation to Family Promise.
Family Promise and their volunteers provide temporary housing, meals, and services to more than 125,000 family members annually. They mentor at-risk families, teach financial literacy, and help find jobs and affordable housing. They also create programs to meet specific needs in their communities and advocate for public policies that alleviate poverty and promote the economic stability of low-income families.
Join me in supporting Family Promise and their vision of a nation in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future.