Drive In - Sleep Out

August 13th, 2019


Family Promise of Beaverton’s 3rd Annual
Drive In – Sleep Out – Help Put the Brakes on Homelessness
Saturday, Aug. 24, 5:00 – 10:00 pm to Sunday, Aug. 25, till 9:00 am
 
Beaverton, OR – Family Promise of Beaverton invites the community to enjoy an evening of music, food, and film at Beaverton City Fountain Park (12500 SW 4th St., Beaverton, OR 97005). After all the fun, participants will spend the night sleeping in their vehicles to support the work of Family Promise of Beaverton and to raise awareness that in Beaverton, we have children and families experiencing homeless. Car campers will wake up to a delicious pancake breakfast in the morning. 
 
Child and family homelessness is a problem that cannot be solved alone. Family Promise of Beaverton (FPB) brings the community of neighbors, churches, civic organizations and government together to help stabilize and transform the lives of children and their families experiencing homelessness in the Beaverton area. Many of the families FPB serve have been sleeping in cars or were on the street. Families come to Family Promise for many reasons. It could be the loss of job, a family breakup, no longer can live doubled up (two or more families in a residence), or health reasons for why they lost their housing. Mainly though, the lack of affordable housing is the driving force of why so many families are finding themselves in their current situation. 
 
FPB accepts all definitions of the word “Family” and looks at the family unit as the child sees their family. That could include siblings older than 18, grandparents, extended family, even a family pet. Once families enter the program, they receive extensive case management, an address, a place to shower, and do laundry. FPB works with the families to address the various barriers that are preventing them from getting into housing, whether that is employment, child care, debt management, etc. Once a family graduates from the program and into housing, they receive another year of case management to help make sure that they are able to keep their housing.
 
Recently, a 7 year old boy, during the first night he and his family were in the program, lost a tooth. The tooth fairy now had a place to come! The joy and delight on his face when he discovered that the tooth fairy actually found him was priceless. There are many child and family milestones that are celebrated at FPB, from the birth of child, to a child’s first tooth, a child’s first steps, even the first day of school. These events, and just the day to day life of a family, can be joyous and also tough already, add in experiencing homeless and makes the situation harder for children and their families. Family Promise and their partners join together to give families not a hand out, but a hand up.


The Drive In – Sleep Out is FPB’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Help us keep our promise to homeless families in Beaverton. Register your car for $25, collect pledges or make a donation today at www.FamilyPromiseofBeaverton.org/events 

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