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Spencer C Smith Sr.
This is my third year being a box dweller at OWN. The first two years were such a great experience I wanted to do it again this year!
Originally I volunteered to support First Christian Church and to commit to a New Year’s resolution to help the community. After the first year I was really impressed with Melany and her staff's commitment to help the homeless in our community. After the second year and seeing The Phoenix: Hope is Rising I was reminded of the importance of community involvement and the need to help others.
I appreciate the services C-U at Home offers to help the homeless in our hometown and I enjoy offering my support to their cause. I'm thankful for OWN and how it opened my eyes about homelessness in our community and how it provides me an opportunity to help raise awareness about community issues.
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 Spencer C Smith Sr. 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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