SUMMIT, NJ - Family Promise, the Summit-based national nonprofit is hosting the first-ever national 'Night Without a Bed', a virtual event set for June 20 that asks participants to give up their bed for one night to raise awareness about homelessness in America.
Presented in partnership with KIA Motors and Avocado Green Mattress, the National Night Without a Bed seeks to bring attention to fact that, each year, 2.5 million children experience homelessness, with one in 16 American children experiencing homelessness before they reach the first grade. These children are three times more likely to be placed in special education programs, eight to nine times more likely to repeat a grade, and seven times more likely than their peers to commit suicide.
The COVID-19 crisis has increased economic instability, creating an even greater risk of homelessness for American families.
“In crises such as this one, it is important that we display compassion and caring for every member of our community. While we are not able to physically come together, now is the time to show solidarity in the protection of our most vulnerable citizens,” said Claas Ehlers, chief executive officer of Family Promise.
“When the pandemic hit and shelter in place orders were issued nationwide, we thought of the country’s homeless youth population as it is difficult to shelter in place, especially when you don’t have a place to call home,” said Russell Wager, director, marketing operations, Kia Motors America. “The 'Night Without a Bed' program is a clever way to illustrate just a small part of what the homeless youth population across the U.S. experiences on a daily basis. Kia is proud to work with Family Promise because the more people that recognize and understand how uncomfortable it must be for these children, the quicker the issue of youth homelessness will be eradicated.”
“Avocado is proud to support Family Promise’s mission. Not only are we able to do this through our unique in-kind donation program, which supplies many of their guests with like-new and organic bedding solutions, we also happily participate in initiatives like the 'Night Without a Bed' campaign,” said Bri Decker, sustainability and evolution lead at Avocado. “We believe that addressing pressing social concerns is just as important as tracking our environmental impact and that our partnership with Family Promise is improving the lives of families across the nation.”
To learn more about 'Night Without a Bed' and how to take the event challenge, visit familypromise.org/events/night-without-a-bed/.