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OWN 2017 Participants - Larry Ridge
Larry Ridge, Retired Master Sergeant - U.S. Military (Camp WBGL)
I am participating in the One Winter Night program to raise awareness of the plight of the homeless. As a retired master sergeant, the large number of homeless veterans touches my heart. Currently 8% of the homeless are former members of the U.S. military. Of the homeless veterans, more than 70% are men in my age group. Men with whom I could have served. Without the love and support I received from my family and friends, I could have been one of these men. Since the Lord has blessed me with so much, I want to give back. He has provided an opportunity to be His hands and feet to those in need and I am eager to do what I can.
- Larry Ridge
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 Larry Ridge 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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