For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat;
I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink;
I was a stranger and you took Me in. --Matthew 25:35
We are now on the other side of our third successful One Winter Night. THANK YOU to everyone who made this event possible--the volunteers, the business sponsor, the donors, and the box dwellers. This event continues to serve as the main funding source for our entire organization. Your support is invaluable to the residents we serve.
This year over 50 people spent the night outside in a cardboard box in downtown Champaign to help us fight homelessness. Over $45,000 was raised to support our efforts to open a new Daytime Drop-In Center, a Recovery House and a Family House. Thank you.
You can contribute to the work of C-U at Home!
On June 13, 2013, we FINALLY received the letter we've been waiting 11 months for. It was our determination letter from the IRS indicating that C-U at Home is now officially a tax-exempt non-profit! Three very important things this will allow us now to do are: receive the donation of real property, hire employees, and offer tax receipts for all donated items including furniture and household goods. We recently hired a professional case manager for our residents. This case manager develops individual care plans and meets with each resident on a weekly basis, tracking progress and encouraging positive momentum.
Will you help us fund this new position?
As we launch into the new year, God has laid on our heart as a ministry a few new directions to pursue.
One exciting opportunity is to develop a Daytime Drop-in Center. Our hope is to provide a safe, accessible, welcoming atmosphere to build relationships with those who are living on the streets. We are looking for property in the downtown/midtown area of Champaign, between Washington and Green Streets and between State and First Streets. Please contact us if you know of any possible locations. Thank you.
Two other opportunities still involve housing and supporting the homeless. One is to open a Recovery House, dedicated to men who have completed an addiction rehabilitation program and are committed to walking in their recovery. Another is to dedicate a Family House to support someone with a dependent or more than one child.