Dear Community Member,
Eight-year-old Abby never expected she'd be doing her homework in a motel room every night. But when her dad lost his job, her family had to give up their home. They moved into a motel, and Abby went from having her own bedroom to sharing one room with her entire family. It was hard for her to focus on school or imagine a happy future.
Abby's not alone, 1 in 16 children in the U.S. experiences homelessness by the first grade. They and their families can be found sleeping in motel rooms, with friends, or even in their cars. And kids who face homelessness suffer in other ways, as well. They're more likely to drop out of school, repeat a grade, suffer from depression, and attempt suicide.
You can show your support for children and families battling homelessness and raise awareness of this crisis by joining FPSC's first Night Without A Bed sleep-out on Sept. 21 through Oct. 12, 2020.
Put up a tent in your back yard. Make a fort in your living room. Wrap up in blankets on the sofa or in a sleeping bag on the floor. Give up your comfortable bed for one night and share the experience with friends and family. Post photos of your Night Without A Bed on social media, tag Family Promise of Shenandoah County use the hashtag #FPSCNightWithoutABed, and ask sponsors to donate to help families battling homelessness.
P.S.: Check out the Night Without a Bed Resources page on our website!