Night Without a Bed

Raise Awareness 6/20/20

Eight-year-old Abby never expected she’d be doing her homework in a motel room every night. But when her dad lost his job, her family had to give up their home. They moved into a motel, and Abby went from having her own bedroom to sharing one room with her entire family. It was hard for her to focus on school or imagine a happy future.

Abby’s not alone, 1 in 16 children in the U.S. experiences homelessness by the first grade. They and their families can be found sleeping in motel rooms, with friends, or even in their cars. And kids who face homelessness suffer in other ways, as well. They’re more likely to drop out of school, repeat a grade, suffer from depression, and attempt suicide.

You can show your support for children and families battling homelessness and raise awareness of this crisis by joining Family Promise’s first national Night Without A Bed sleep out on June 20, 2020.

Put up a tent in your back yard. Make a fort in your living room. Wrap up in blankets on the sofa or in a sleeping bag on the floor. Give up your comfortable bed for one night and share the experience with friends and family. Read a bedtime story, watch videos, or play a game to learn more about family homelessness and poverty, using the recommended resources below. Post photos of your Night Without A Bed on social media, tag Family Promise of Greater Roanoke on Facebook or FamilyPromiseRoanoke on Instagram, and use the hashtags #NightWithoutABed and #NightWithoutABedRoanoke.

Thanks to Family Promise, Abby’s parents found employment, the family moved into housing, and Abby’s life began returning to normal. Join Family Promise of Greater Roanoke, on June 20 to raise awareness about families like Abby’s.

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#Night Without a Bed – Resources for Participants:

Excellent series of resources about family homelessness developed by Sesame Street in Communities in partnership with Family Promise\

One family’s story told from a child’s point of view; produced by a Michigan Family Promise affiliate. The script was written using quotes from children who have been in Family Promise programs.

List of recommended books for kids

Teenage girl talking about her Family Promise experience

Teenage boy talking about his Family Promise experience

60 minutes episode and follow-up article about teenage girl from homelessness to college graduate

Comprehensive Today Show piece about Family Promise

Movie to rent: “Rosie” PG-13 for mild language 99 cents from Amazon or YouTube

A variety of videos including family stories and information about the program from Family Promise’s national organization

Maya’s Story – about a family who was in Family Promise of Greater Roanoke’s program a few years ago

Family Promise National’s CEO’s book recommendations for adults

Movie to rent: The Pursuit of Happyness (Will Smith) Life is a struggle for single father Chris Gardner (Will Smith). Evicted from their apartment, he and his young son (Jaden Christopher Syre Smith) find themselves alone with no place to go. Even though Chris eventually lands a job as an intern at a prestigious brokerage firm, the position pays no money. The pair must live in shelters and endure many hardships, but Chris refuses to give in to despair as he struggles to create a better life for himself and his son.

Making Choices Candy Game