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
This year as a part of C-U at Home One Winter Night on Friday, February 6, we are putting a special focus on education about the issues surrounding homelessness. Would you please plan to join us for these special presentations in the Champaign City Council Chambers inside of the City Building on the NE corner of Neil and University in downtown.
5:30pm - "Law Enforcement and Homelessness,"Urbana Police Department
6:00pm - "Mental Health and Homelessness," Community Elements
6:30pm - "Children/Youth and Homelessness," Crisis Nursery and Roundhouse
7:00pm - "Sheltering vs. Transitional Housing," TIMES Center
7:30pm - "One Man's Story from Sheltered to Sheltering Others," C-U at Home
8:00pm - "Panhandling and Homelessness," City of Champaign and Partnering Against Homelessness
8:30pm - "Women and Homelessness," Courage Connection
There will be several agencies with table displays in the lobby outside of the Council Chambers with their printed information and a representative for you to speak with.
In addition, each box dweller on the streets will have a simple 1/4 page handout on colored paper with information about one aspect of homelessness. We encourage you to explore with a variety of box dwellers and collect all 5 colors to learn even more about what challenges those who are homeless face today.
It's that time of year once again to begin planning for our powerful community-wide event to raise awareness about homelessness. Public figures, pastors, business leaders, students, teachers, and other community members will spend 12 chilly hours outside sleeping in a cardboard refrigerator box--all right in the heart of downtown Champaign, along Neil Street.
Mark your calendars now for Friday, February 6, 2015. We hope to C-U at Home One Winter Night!
You can participate in several ways--sleeping in a box and raising funds to support our efforts to help the homeless, be a business sponsor, volunteer at the event or donate. Our goal this year is to raise at least $100,000 to help us continue to pay commercial rent for our Phoenix Drop-In Center and to provide the support staff necessary to grow the Phoenix as well as our Recovery House and our Family House.
It's exciting to now have a safe and inviting place for folks to come in the afternoon. The Phoenix is much like a community center--computers, piano, guitars, library, chess, cards, puzzles, art, a help desk, tables and chairs. . . All we are missing is YOU!
Our purpose for creating this new daytime space for folks is to provide an atmosphere for friends from the community to intermingle and build beneficial relationships with those living on the streets. Current operating hours are 12pm-5pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Please stop by at 215 S. Neil Street and see what we're all about.