To launch our new Hope for the Hungry and Homeless mission, mission:change is pleased to host a Sleep Out in Albany, GA on January 30, 2009.
So what exactly is a Sleep Out? We don’t blame you if you’ve never heard of it before. After all, this is the first Sleep Out event meant to raise money and awareness for the homeless by inviting all participants to spend the night outside, in the elements, in a self-provided cardboard box.
Outside? Cardboard box? In January? Yup. The goal of the event is to recreate (to a degree) the plight of the homeless so that those of us who have a roof over our heads and central heating can experience, even if for a night, what it’s like to go without. Just remember, you’ll be sleeping outside in whatever box and blankets you bring to raise money for people who currently know no other kind of life.
Surely there’ll be more than just sleeping outside in boxes? Absolutely. Along with providing a few creature comforts like barrel fires and pots of soup (along with whatever other food local businesses decide to donate), the Sleep Out also seeks to entertain (with live music from local bands) as well as educate (through guest speakers from area food banks and homeless shelters as well as the homeless themselves). It’s our goal to not only raise as much money as we can, but to teach people all the ways they can continue making a difference in their community.
So where’s all this money going to? All funds raised during the Sleep Out will be divided between the Albany Rescue Mission (who provide transitional shelter for the homeless), the FoodBank of Southwest Georgia (who provide food and grocery items to more than 300 partner agencies comprised of soup kitchens, rescue missions, abuse shelters, and other charitable non-profit organizations) and the Flint River Habitat For Humanity (who aim to eliminate substandard housing amongst extremely impoverished people).