MIDDLETOWN, NJ – With more families entering shelters across the nation and high unemployment, Family Promise of Monmouth County’s mission seems more urgent than ever.

The group's 2nd Annual Cardboard Box City is Friday Sept. 30, and preparations by numerous school and youth groups are underway.

From YouTube video clip of 2010 Cardboard Box City

To connect with the experience of homelessness, Cardboard Box City ‘residents’ will sleep on the grounds of Monmouth Church of Christ, Tinton Falls, and dine from a soup line on Friday September 30th. Music and speakers will round out this unique event, which begins with participants decorating and setting up their boxes.See video from last year’s event at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-44yreiBQCs.

Participants raise $100 or more to secure a spot for their box. Family Promise of Monmouth County seeks sponsors for this unique and inspirational event.

“We’re here to help families temporarily in crisis,” says Executive Director Shanna Goldstein. “Our program costs less than shelters, and it works.”

Family Promise of Monmouth County is the only shelter for homeless families in Monmouth County and has a success rate of permanency of 80 percent. For more information, visit http://www.familypromisemc.org