You did it, we did it, really God did it, and we still can't believe it! The #NightWithoutABed campaign was about $4,000 short of the $50,000 match last night when we started the livestream at University United Methodist Church. But by the time we finished, so much happened...
University UMC and Bethel AME Cathedral presented a contribution of $7,000 for the Apartment Shelter Program.
More than 20 donors gave in the last hour, bringing checks to University for us to add online.
Then St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church notified us of a $24,000 contribution they were making on behalf of their parishioners!
With all the support, the total went to $156,000, securing the $50,000 bonus match from an anonymous donor and funding 18 apartment shelters this coming year. That is 4-8 families per shelter unit whose kids will never know they are in a shelter.
Though the threat of thunderstorms canceled the community sleepout, thanks to everyone who slept out last night at their own homes, especially Southport United Methodist who had a dozen people in their church participating.
This effort would not have been possible without so many people, but especially Jane Ellis and the entire Missions Team at University UMC. They planned the sleepout, got the word out with flyers and radio, bought the food, and were ready to go. When rain called for a pivot, they set up an indoor livestream space that allowed us to share the reason for the campaign and hear a guest speaker. Thank you all so much.
To the 315 who gave a donation, and to all the others who worked or prayed, THANK YOU! This is Greater Indianapolis saying for a third year in a row that this model of shelter is worth continuing, and that every child deserves a home.
God bless you,
Many thanks to our generous 2022 event sponsors: