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
Friday, February 5, will be a very special night in downtown Champaign. Our Mayor, Police Chief, teachers, pastors, public servants, students, and families will all be spending 12 hours outside in a cardboard refrigerator box. Several powerful opportunities for you to learn more about our friends without an address will all be a part of One Winter Night.
You can take part in the event by being a box dweller, business sponsor, donor, or volunteer. It takes the whole community getting involved to make OWN a success.
We have a full slate of speaker presentations and table displays in the City Council Chambers of the City Building on the corner of Neil and University from 6pm-10pm. You're sure to learn more about many issues surrounding homelessness and about a variety of resources in our area that support our friends without an address. Please plan to attend.
Last, but not least, our new documentary, The Phoenix: Hope Is Rising, will premiere at One Winter Night. It will be shown at Christ Community Church, 114 S. Neil St., every 2 hours between 6pm and 6am. No admission required and donations accepted.
We are SO excited about the current filming of our upcoming C-U at Home documentary, chronicling our story from conception to birth to today. Above is cinematographer Isaac Musgrave getting 3-time OWN box dweller, Urbana Police Chief Pat Connolly all mic'd up for his interview.
The documentary filming is being led by Phil Gioja and Isaac. It's our hope to premiere the documentary at C-U at Home One Winter Night on Friday, February 5, 2016.
You can follow our documentary journey on facebook by searching #CUatHomeDoc.
Click below to find out more about how you can support this documentary effort.
We are SO EXCITED to be moved into our NEW LOCATION for The Phoenix Daytime Drop-In Center. Please stop by and see our new digs at 34 E. Green Street. We are located just 1/2 a block east of Neil Street, under the railroad viaduct, on the north side of the street.
The Lord blessed us with a host of local businesses and individuals to make this location possible. Just 3 months ago this building was literally a concrete shell, and much like the legend of the phoenix, something new has risen from the ashes!
We are dependent upon friends from the community to come and spend time with us at The Phoenix. There are a wide variety of activities including playing guitar or a game of chess, relaxing in our comfy living room, working on a puzzle, drawing, helping someone look for a job online, or just sitting at a table and listening to someone. We are open Tuesday-Friday from noon-5pm.
Part of what makes The Phoenix such a cool place for folks to go is the interaction and relationships built between people who have no address and those who live and work in our community. Please check the schedule and sign up for a shift today!