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OWN 2017 Participants - Kara Kasbergen
I am very excited about doing One Winter Night for my second time this year. Last year I had the opportunity to be a box dweller for the first time. I felt compelled to do this again despite the fact I am doing it solo. In thinking of the word SOLO, I realize that homelessness is most often a struggle of one person....Some of the words that define homelessness include "without a home; no fixed address, on the streets, displaced, dispossessed, destitute, down-and-out". I have personally not experienced literal homelessness, but feel I have experienced homelessness at other levels in my life. I have experienced the feelings of loneliness, being displaced, and dispossessed. I once lived not only a day at a time, but sometimes one hour at a time. The experience of One Winter Night allowed me to see how much I have to be grateful for in a material sense, but at the same time it made me aware of the magnitude of what it feels like to live life feeling forgotten and disposed of.There are no words to describe what the weight of that is like for a person spiritually, mentally, emotionally, on top of the physical challenges!
I am doing this again in hopes of continuing to raise awareness for what is a serious problem that faces our world. We can no longer look away because of the fear we may experience when we observe someone living in homelessness. My small part is a way to give back to our community and remind me to remain humble and grateful for the blessings I have been given. It also allows me to no longer ignore the plight of strangers because I once was that person! I challenge you to support this AWESOME event by sponsoring me or giving to C-U At Home. Everyone needs to step up and do whatever they can for this vital and life changing agency! PLEASE SHOW UP! YOUR SUPPORT MATTERS!!
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 Kara Kasbergen 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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