About the Event

Across the Midwest, and possibly around the world, people of all ages and backgrounds will give up the warmth of their beds and the comfort of their homes to spend a night sleeping outside, just like thousands of people, with nowhere else to go, do every night.

The Night with the Homeless is an educational event to teach the community about the plight of the homeless by direct interaction. This event presents opportunities to get involved in helping the homeless. We will experience a taste of homelessness by spending the evening while in a safe environment, providing a whole new level of understanding and compassion for our fellow citizens who face this trial every day. We are not pretending we are homeless. We spend the night outside to show our support for those who are. For one night, we will not stay indoors while so many others remain outside. We will use the experience to raise awareness about the ever-growing population of people who face homelessness.

The Night with the Homeless is an educational event; and as such, this event is for personal awareness and development. It can be a serious, sobering and very helpful experience. Some past participants have found that it was even a life-changing experience.

Leading up to your Night with the Homeless, you will raise money that will help New Life Evangelistic Center give people without homes shelter and the help they need to become independent adults. If you have never fundraised before, don’t worry. We will support you every step of the way with an easy-to-use fundraising web page, online tools, and personalized coaching from our staff. All proceeds will help fund upgrades and maintenance to our Safe Houses throughout Missouri to continue to provide a comfortable place for many homeless that call our Safe Houses home every day. You can also help by collecting blankets, coats and care kits to hand out to the homeless.

WHO: Community members, students, families, groups…and you!

WHAT: An evening program to raise awareness of homelessness and funds to help the men, women, and children at NLEC.

WHY: The purpose of the Night with the Homeless is:

  • To familiarize and sensitize persons with the realities and hardships of homelessness
  • To see a different side of life
  • To gain firsthand knowledge of the growing crisis of homelessness. You will undoubtedly be struck by how many homeless people look just like you, tearing away at the myth of who constitute the homeless.
  • To become aware of community attitudes toward homeless people.
  • To become familiar with the social services network for homeless people, and how homeless people survive.

WHERE: 2021 Night with the Homeless will be where ever you are to keep you, the homeless and the staff of NLEC safe following Covid-19 guidelines.

WHEN: October 22, 2021

A Memorable Experience for Families and Students

Night with the Homeless is an engaging way for people to learn about the hardships that people face and take an active role in giving their solidarity and support. We will provide suggestions for family-friendly activities to do leading up to and during your Night with the Homeless to make it a meaningful event for all involved.

The best we can do for those who are less fortunate is to speak out for them, to remind the rest of the world that they exist–that they are human beings who deserved better and that their pain is real.