More than 200 Monmouth County Children Remain Homeless Tonight
Middletown, NJ – Tonight, as most of Monmouth County’s residents lay their heads to rest on a pillow, more than 200 of Monmouth County’s youngest children will have to sleep in a car, on a bench in a park, or on the ground in a cardboard box.
Family of Monmouth County (http://www.familypromise.org) – the only non-profit organization specifically helping shelter homeless families – will host its 5th Annual Cardboard Box City Friend- and Fund-raiser, Friday September 26, 2014 on the grounds of Monmouth Church of Christ, 312 Hance Avenue, Tinton Falls, rain or shine.
“We are hoping to increase awareness about this unseen face of homelessness. Families who are referred to us have lost their homes due to illness, a disruption in work, or other economic circumstances, where they just can’t find affordable housing for their families,” notes Family Promise of Monmouth County Executive Director Tracy Boyer. “This fundraiser will help us continue our mission to alleviate family homelessness and offer families stability and hope.”
A Box, Pledge & Sponsors Helps Kids in Monmouth County
Participants in Cardboard Box City raise a minimum of $100 in pledges and contributions and sleep overnight in a cardboard box “home” as a resident of Cardboard Box City. Family Promise will award prizes for participants who raise the most money and the most creative dwelling. Cardboard Box City is open to all:
- families, adults and children (children must be supervised by an adult),
- scouting troops (youth to adult ratio 5:1),
- youth groups
- corporate teams
Participants supply their own dwellings (usually large refrigerator, washer/dryer boxes that can be picked up at appliance stores), as well as a sleeping bag, pillow, ground tarp, and warm clothes, necessary medication and toiletries.
“Virtual residents” can raise pledges, attend all event activities, and sleep at home.
The Cardboard Box City fundraiser event includes:
- Registration and set up of cardboard boxes: 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
- Soup-line Dinner: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- Speakers and Live Music: 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
- Breakfast and clean-up: Saturday 6:00 to 7:30 am
Who is Homeless in Monmouth County?
According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2013 Point In Time Survey, a 17% increase in homelessness included more than 200 family households, representing 550+ women, men and their children who were homeless in Monmouth County this past year.
How to Join Cardboard Box City:
Information, registration, pledge forms, FAQs, fundraising tips and all details of joining the Cardboard Box City are located online at https://familypromisemc.org/cardboardboxcity2014.shtml
Who is Family Promise of Monmouth County?
Family Promise of Monmouth County, an affiliate of national Family Promise, works with community agencies, faith-based services, churches and synagogues to provide shelter, food, transportation and supportive services including case management for homeless families. Our Network is made up of host congregations who have pledged the use of their facilities and the participation of volunteer members and support congregations who provide additional volunteers and support.