Brandon, Fla. – Imagine it…sleeping in a box because there is no bed – no home – in which to sleep. Many individuals and families in Hillsborough County experience this on a daily basis, many of whom live in the Greater Brandon area.
Family Promise of Greater Brandon (FPGB) seeks to shed light on the experience of having no safe place to sleep this Saturday, April 5, 2014, during Box Car City, its inaugural fundraiser. Guests pay at least $20 to sleep in a box Saturday night on the grounds of Nativity Catholic Church.
“Box Car City is an activity for the entire family,” said Deborah Humphrey, FPGB’s board chair. “This event will not only help raise funds to allow us to assist homeless families, but will also help guests to understand what a homeless family experiences on a daily basis.”
Family Promise of Greater Brandon will open its doors to homeless families on May 3, 2014. FPGB and its partner churches will provide a safe, comfortable place for homeless families to sleep. During the day, FPGB will partner with area organizations to provide various classes designed to empower the families to secure employment and permanent housing – lasting independence.
Box Car City guests will be provided a sack dinner, much like homeless families are provided when they stay at a shelter. There will also be games and live music from 7-9pm.
“Family Promise of Greater Brandon is not a shelter,” said Kathy Brogli, executive director. “It is a partnership with area churches, service organizations, and, most importantly, homeless families, to provide a safe place for our homeless guests to sleep and to reduce the stress on a homeless family, so they can concentrate on securing jobs and permanent housing.”
To learn more about Box Car City and Family Promise of Greater Brandon, visit the website, www.familypromiseofgreaterbrandon.org. Sign up for Box Car City at http://www.familypromiseofgreaterbrandon.org/uploads/FPGB_Box_Car_City_Brochure_April_2014.pdf
About Family Promise of Greater Brandon (FPGB): Family Promise of Greater Brandon is a faith-based nonprofit organization that brings the Brandon faith community together to empower homeless families to regain their independence and dignity. FPGB collaborates with area Christian churches and service organizations to provide a respite from the stress and anxiety caused by homelessness and classes designed to enrich and empower homeless families.
Kathy Brogli, Executive Director