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Knox County Homeless Coalition to hold 2nd Annual Sleep-out Challenge Fundraiser

Posted October 03, 2019

Knox County Homeless Coalition invites teams to register for its 2nd Annual One Night Without a Home.

On any given night in the Midcoast, Knox County Homeless Coalition (KCHC) is actively working to house 150+ people who are homeless—and to assist equally as many people who have recently been housed—guiding them to gain the skills necessary to maintain long-term housing and independence. KCHC's holistic wraparound approach to homeless services is seeing a housing sustainability success rate, for those who complete our multi-year program inclusive of Aftercare of 90+%.

KCHC's 2nd Annual One Night Without a Home will be held on the Camden Village Green from 6:00 p.m. Friday, November 8 through 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 9. We hope you'll sign up to sleep out with us or support one of the teams who have already committed to participating in this event. You can access the event through our website or directly through the event registration page: https://www.crowdrise.com/1night2019. This fundraiser challenge supports the work of Knox County Homeless Coalition — providing services to those experiencing homelessness throughout Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln Counties.

“Hollywood has defined for so many people what they think homelessness and shelters should look like, but in fact much of rural homelessness and many shelters look very different than that commonly accepted image. The reality is that homelessness has many faces; more than 50% of the homeless community we serve are children,” said Jess Harriman, Hospitality House Family Shelter Manager.

“We had more than 30 individuals last year experience what it is like to have no home for a night”, said Becca Gildred, Development Director at KCHC, “We hope this year there will be even more individuals and businesses participating, raising awareness around an issue that is often hidden in our area. One of my daughters and I will be sleeping out for this fundraiser. We’re looking forward to being part of a caring community in action!”

Fundraising is ongoing through November 8, so join a team or create your own team (note that the term team is inclusive of teams made up of just 1 individual) today! The "sleep-out" begins at 6:00 p.m., Friday, November 8, 2019 and ends at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 9 and will be held on the Village Green in Camden, ME. Detailed specifics are available on the sign-up site.

Business sponsors include: Mt. Pleasant Dental Care, Viking, Inc., Camden Real Estate, The Bayview Collection, Cold Mountain Builders, JK Kalloch, and Camden National Bank. Megunticook Market and Camden Community Breakfast are in-kind sponsors for this event. Businesses looking to sponsor should contact Kim Rand at 207-593-8151 or krand@homehelphope.org.

About Knox County Homeless Coalition

Knox County Homeless Coalition is the only dedicated homeless services organization with outreach throughout Knox, Waldo and parts of northern Lincoln County— helping families achieve sustainable independence and a hopeful future. Their client-focused approach begins with building trusting relationships, identifies and builds on an individual’s strengths and simultaneously works to break down barriers to independence. KCHC is committed to delivering all services with respect, dignity and genuine caring. They also innovate around systemic change to solve root causes of homelessness in the Midcoast through collaboration.

KCHC’s success rate of sustainability, for clients who remain engaged in the full program is 92%. Programs include: Hospitality House Family Shelter; comprehensive case management; The Landing Place Youth Program; transportation; emergency services and supply store; and outbound food distribution and pantry.