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OWN 2017 Participants - Emily Adkins
Emily Adkins, (Camp WBGL)
Hello! Last year was my first time participating in this event, and I was so impressed with everyone who is involved and their passion for helping our ‘friends without an address’. As a returning box dweller, I’m hoping to increase awareness, in addition to raising funds for Melany and her mission to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. I think the common thought when society imagines 'homeless' is someone with alcohol or drug issues, but as I've been volunteering at soup kitchens and food pantries I'm learning that is not always the case. While I have been fortunate enough to never struggle with having a roof over my head, I've always had a passion for helping those in need......I've often said that since I'm not taking care of a family of my own, that my life is HIS - I try to let HIM use me as HE needs me to help others where I can, when I can, with whatever I have. I’m so grateful for this opportunity, and I’d appreciate the support of all of my friends and family; prayers, financial, and I’d love to take you along with me if you’re willing to participate! Blessings to all of you! ~Emily Adkins
About the Event
Believe it or not, on any given night, literally hundreds of people in Champaign County do not spend the night in their own home. Some sleep with friends. Others sleep in shelters. Some sleep in cars. And others sleep outside. C-U at Home One Winter Night raises awareness about those who are homeless, helping others realize that someday that could be me.
One Winter Night will be held in the heart of downtown Champaign on Friday, February 3, from 6pm-6am. We hope to have at least 200 people spend the night outside in a cardboard box for 12 hours. We will be hosting educational presentations about various topics related to homelessness from 7pm-10pm. We will also be featuring our full-length documentary, The Phoenix: Hope Is Rising, every 2 hours throughout the night, starting at 10pm. This documentary takes you from the birth of C-U at Home all the way up to the future of our ministry. You can find out more about the documentary and find out how you can host a screening of the film at: www.thephoenixhopeisrising.com
NEW this year is the OWN Children's Corner! It's a place where young people can learn more about our friends without an address. Story times at 7:15pm, 8:15pm, and 9:15pm. Activities that we do at The Phoenix Daytime Drop-in Center. Writing notes and drawing pictures for our friends at The Phoenix. It's sure to be a great opportunity for your kids to learn and grow right along with other kids.
The goal this year for C-U at Home One Winter Night is $200,000, which will be about 2/3 of our 2017 annual budget.
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Your tax-deductible financial gift will enable us to house and support the most vulnerable homeless in our area. Our goal with C-U at Home One Winter Night is to raise enough money to house and support many additional residents from our community in 2017.
To Give via Credit Card
You can use a credit card to make a donation via PayPal. Thank you.
To Give via Check
Please make your check payable to C-U at Home, and put Emily Adkins on the memo line. Then mail your check to:
C-U at Home
PO Box 8816
Champaign, IL 61826
THANK YOU for helping the homeless!
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