The 2011 Sleep Out is IOCP's campaign to create hope for 1,500 families.
Helping Families, Creating Hope
Since 1979, Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners has been making an impact in 8 west suburban Hennepin communities. IOCP provides both emergency and long-term solutions around food and clothing, housing, employment, child care, transportation, and connections to other resources.
I have been sleeping out as a part of Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners’ annual housing campaign since I was in first grade. Now I’m 17 years old, a senior at Wayzata High School, and this will be my last year sleeping out.
Every year since I first started sleeping out in the first grade I have learned more about the people in our community who need housing. I’ve learned that IOCP still has to turn away 20 families each month because they don’t have enough money to help them. It’s hard to think about how the kids in those families are getting by, and that some of them go to school with me.
So once again, I have set up a refrigerator box outside my house and sleep in it each night of the campaign—November 12 to December 31. I’ve slept out in temperatures as low as ten degrees below zero, so I know I can do it again this year.
My goal for 2011 is to provide one whole year of housing help for 50 families in our community. This means I need to raise $100,000. With your help, I really think I can do it!
As you prepare for the holiday season, please remember to give thanks for your home. Not everyone is as lucky as we are. And please consider donating to my sleep out to help families find and keep homes.