What is One Winter Night?

One Winter Night is an annual event that provides a powerful opportunity for our community to learn about homelessness, raise awareness for our friends without an address, and experience a bit of what it might be like to be outside, overnight, in the coldest part of a Central Illinois Winter.

Box dwellers commit to spending 12 hours outside in a cardboard box, along Neil Street in downtown Champaign. Box dwellers come from all works of life, local government leaders, police officers, pastors, business leaders, students, grandmas and grandpas, moms and dads. Each box dweller is committed to raising at least $1,000 to help C-U at Home continue doing all we do to help our community in 2020.

We invite the whole family downtown to join us - view our documentary, visit the kid's corner, or attend any of our speaker presentations.

You can get involved with us by donating or signing up to be a box dweller, business sponsor, or volunteer!

All activities for the evening will occur in downtown Champaign!

Educational Opportunities & Activities

Speaker Presentations

Our mission is to engage and mobilize our community to help our friends without an address. One of the biggest ways we do this is through our speaker presentations that take place at One Winter Night, from 6:30pm-10pm at our event headquarters. We welcome our box dweller participants, volunteers, and anyone from the community to come and hear speakers from various professions that work with our friends without an address. The schedule for our speaker presentations is below. We hope to see you there!

Schedule will be added closer to event.



Watch The Phoenix: Hope is Rising

Throughout the evening, we will be showing our full-length, award-winning documentary, The Phoenix: Hope is Rising! Two professional videographers followed our ministry for several months and developed the film, which teaches about homelessness, related issues, and how C-U at Home originally began. The film has been shown publicly more than 30 times all over Illinois.

Showtimes: These will be added closer to the event date.

One Winter Night 2020 Business Sponsors

Corner Sponsor - $5,000+


Platinum Sponsors - $1,000
















Silver - $250

Champaign County Association of Realtors


Flooring Surfaces Inc.















Event Sponsors - $2,500

Harrington & Tock LLC







Gold Sponsors - $500




























Bronze Sponsors - $100