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Night Without a Bed Successfully Raises Awareness of Family Homelessness

MONROE COUNTY, WI, NOVEMBER 11, 2022 - Family Homelessness is an invisible crisis that is often hidden from our view - these families are living in shelters, cars, campgrounds, or doubled up in overcrowded apartments. Family Promise of Monroe County is continuing their work to end family homelessness. On November 11th to kickstart National Hunger and Homeless Awareness week, the nonprofit hosted Night Without A Bed - a social media campaign aimed at raising awareness on the issue of family homelessness. Family Promise of Monroe County has raised $7,160 towards their overall goal of $10,000 by the Nov. 20th, the end of National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week.

Family Promise was founded in 1986 in Union County, New Jersey. In the three decades since, we have grown to a national network that serves families nationwide through multiple shelter, prevention, and stabilization programs.

Family Promise of Monroe County had 12 volunteers spend the night in their car in the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church parking lot on November 11th, but they were not alone in their endeavor to raise awareness. Monroe County joined forces with 27 Family Promise Affiliates across the country with guidance from the Family Promise national headquarters to host the event.

"We are so thankful to all the participants that spent one uncomfortable night without a bed to help raise awareness and funds for family homelessness this winter," said Family Promise of Monroe County Executive Director Tia Hewuse. "Increasing awareness is just as important as raising financial support for family homelessness and we have an amazing community that helped us with both!"

Thank you Dolly and Kaylee!

Thank you Tammy for being such a dedicated volunteer!

Thank you Josh for participating in Night Without A Bed!

Thank you Pastor Fran!

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