This weekend, Family Promise of Northern New Castle County will host its annual Cardboard Box City event to raise funds and shine a light on family homelessness. This year’s event will take place at Hockessin United Methodist Church and is open to people of all ages, all faiths and all organizations. To learn more or to make a donation, click here.
Last year, I spent a night in a cardboard box, in the rain, in a parking lot next to a highway to raise awareness and money to help homeless families. This year I plan to do it again, but this time with my 13 year-old daughter.
Family Promise (FP) is a wonderful organization. Homeless families are a hidden problem in our society. A 2010 study showed that 1 in 45 children in the U.S. are homeless. Many families are one illness or paycheck away from homelessness. Education and previous life status sometimes do not protect people. They could be folks like you and me.
Family Promise is a community of organizations, volunteers and homeless families. FP helps homeless families with children move toward lasting independence, by providing a safe place to eat and sleep, intensive case management, life skills training, support, and encouragement. The kids in these situations really suffer. Many families do their best to keep their situation a secret so that kids do not get teased at school. Family Promise keeps families together, ensures that kids go to school with the clothes and supplies that they need, while helping the parents to find jobs and/or permanent housing.
I hope that this year’s Cardboard Box City is bigger and better than than before. Please support Family Promise and all the volunteers that will be giving up their beds for a night.