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
THANK YOU Champaign-Urbana for an INCREDIBLE One Winter Night on Friday, February 5 in downtown Champaign. Our Mayor, Police Chief, teachers, pastors, public servants, students, and families successfully spent 12 hours outside in a cardboard refrigerator box. We also shared several powerful opportunities for you to learn more about our friends without an address will all be a part of One Winter Night.
It was a powerful night of community in downtown Champaign. Many old friends, neighbors, co-workers, and relatives connecting and re-connecting. New friendships being formed between box dwellers, volunteers, donors, and folks visiting the downtown area.
We were SO EXCITED to host our brand new documentary, The Phoenix: Hope Is Rising. The world premiere of this full-length feature film happened at One Winter Night. If you didn't get to see it OR if you did see it and would like to host a screening of the film in your church, school, civic group, neighborhood, or theatre, please contact us. It's our hope to schedule a tour to show the film at different venues beginning sometime in March.
With the help of you, our community, we were blessed by meeting our financial goal for One Winter Night. Thank you for your financial investment in our ministry.
We are SO excited about the premiere showing of our C-U at Home documentary at One Winter Night. The film chronicles our story from conception to birth to today. Above is cinematographer Isaac Musgrave, Melany Jackson (founder of C-U at Home) and Phil Gioja who had the vision and was the creator of the film.
It's our hope to show this film in many different venues over the following months including churches, schools, teams, civic organizations, and theatres. If you are interested in hosting a showing of The Phoenix: Hope Is Rising, please contact us and we will get a date on the schedule. This is a powerful tool to share about many of the challenges associated with homelessness and also to inspire others to follow after God's leading.
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!