Night Without A Bed

Because every child deserves a home.

Have you ever had to spend a night without a bed?

If you’re lucky, the answer is no.  But Family Promise has sheltered families previously sleeping in cars, park pavilions, even abandoned houses.  There are far too many children and parents who sleep without a bed.

You can help Family Promise expand its homeless shelter to help those families.  Right now.

Spend a night without a bed on April 30—in your car, on your sofa, on your floor, in a treehouse, in your tent in your yard--to remember those who can't choose to.  Have fun and be creative while helping those in need.

Donate to your congregation or company team, or form a fundraising team of your own.  Ask your friends and family to make a gift to the effort.  Every gift--$10 to $1000--will help.  Share your night with #NightWithoutABed on Facebook, Instagram, or other social media.

For those who want to get together, we have a community "sleepout" planned for 7pm that April 30 at University United Methodist Church (5959 Grandview Dr., Indianapolis, 46260).  We'll have a presentation that night with actual first-person stories of families’ paths from homelessness to housing, a DJ, fire pits/s’mores, and T-shirts (available for drive thru pick up 5-7:15p).  We'll also award plaques for the teams with the most donors, highest fundraising total, and most creative sleepout.  (Register to attend the community sleepout by emailing

#NightWithoutABed will support so many children who deserve a home, and their parents who want the chance to provide it.  We hope to "see" you Saturday, April 30.


#NightWithoutABed is the primary fundraising campaign to support Family Promise's Apartment Shelter Program--a model birthed in Indianapolis in the pandemic that now has spread to at least twenty other cities.  The goal will increase by $15,000 every time it is reached because that covers the cost for one 12-month lease on an apartment, plus security deposit, utilities, Internet, insurance, and some repairs.  The shelter programs have a housing rate of more than 73%, and a housing retention rate of 87% (two years).  Learn more about this innovative solution, and how it's changing homelessness intervention at

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