One Night Without A Bed 2021

Will you take a stand for youth in need?

$2,805

29 Supporters

6% of $50,000 goal

Team Member

Derek Webber

$200

by 2 supporters

My brother Buddy should be 53 today, November 30th, 2021. He was brilliant, gifted with the ability to learn languages simply by reading a textbook. He loved languages and the cultures behind them. His advanced cognitive abilities led him to the University of Washington at 14, thus skipping high school and many of the social experiences a teenager encounters. He soon found it difficult to relate to others and often on the fringes of society.

Struggles with where to live started in his late teens. He sought peace (and work) in Asia, but constantly felt himself looking in on society from the outside. He found solace in words, with both reading and writing sustaining him. But steady, profitable work was never part of his story.

Our extended family supported him in a myriad of different ways over the years. From my parents, my four siblings, the grandparents, and many aunts, uncles and cousins, all wanting him to find peace.

Cancer killed him far too earlier and I often wonder how much his struggles with homelessness and other financial difficulties led to his death. I will never know the answer, but it pains me when I think of anyone not having a bed to call their own and the negative effects that has on their health.

Giving money is only a small part of the equation to solve homelessness. Awareness, communication, praying, hard work plus many other ingredients need to go towards the solution. I slept on the floor last night and spent a lot of time praying and thinking about what I can do. So I am putting out the call to join this cause, spend a night without a bed, donate what you can, and then share your story.

Blessings, 

Derek

 

Team Members

Derek

$200

2 supporters

DPCBoard

$720

5 supporters

Detroit Phoenix Center

$445

7 supporters

Quinn Evans

$335

5 supporters

Kaila

$160

2 supporters

Dalia

$35

1 supporter

CJC Hood News

$0

0 supporters

Jennifer

$0

0 supporters

ALL BETS ON BLAIR.

$0

0 supporters

Mya

$0

0 supporters

Event

NOV
30

One Night Without A Bed - Kickoff Virtual Event

Tuesday 12:01 AM - Thursday 11:59 PM EST

Live Stream

Add to Calendar 2021-11-30 00:01:00 2021-12-30 23:59:00 America/New_York One Night Without A Bed - Kickoff Virtual Event We are launching our One Night Without A Bed campaign on November 30th with a live-streamed event on Facebook and challenging people to give up their beds for One Night in December in solidarity with the 4.2 million young people around the world who experience homelessness each year. The campaign ends on December 30th. Our goal is to raise awareness of the youth homelessness crisis and raise funds so that we may continue to provide young people with critical resources, safety, and support during a time where our services are needed now more than ever. Participants can sleep in a tent, a car, the couch—anywhere but a bed. Make themselves uncomfortable for One Night, challenge their friends to do the same, and spread the word so that a young person can have a warm place to sleep at night and access to the resources that they need to live out their full potential.​ This annual campaign cannot compare to the grim realities that youth experiencing homelessness face every day. This is not a simulation— it is a call to action. This is about basic human rights, accountability, and service. Together, we can send a message to these young people — who have so often been ignored — that we care and continue to be committed to equity and justice.

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We are launching our One Night Without A Bed campaign on November 30th with a live-streamed event on Facebook and challenging people to give up their beds for One Night in December in solidarity with the 4.2 million young people around the world who experience homelessness each year. The campaign ends on December 30th. Our goal is to raise awareness of the youth homelessness crisis and raise funds so that we may continue to provide young people with critical resources, safety, and support during a time where our services are needed now more than ever. Participants can sleep in a tent, a car, the couch—anywhere but a bed. Make themselves uncomfortable for One Night, challenge their friends to do the same, and spread the word so that a young person can have a warm place to sleep at night and access to the resources that they need to live out their full potential.​ This annual campaign cannot compare to the grim realities that youth experiencing homelessness face every day. This is not a simulation— it is a call to action. This is about basic human rights, accountability, and service. Together, we can send a message to these young people — who have so often been ignored — that we care and continue to be committed to equity and justice.

Story

Detroit Phoenix Center (DPC) is a nonprofit organization that responds to the needs of underserved and street-connected youth in Detroit. DPC supports young people, ages 13-24, through direct services, including a daily drop-in center for young adults (showers, washer/dryer, food pantry, computer lab, day beds, hygiene products, life skills classes, etc.), afterschool enrichment programs for teens, youth action board, emergency crisis housing, and a scholarship fund. DPC also works diligently for systemic change and contributes to the growing movement to end youth homelessness.

Detroit Phoenix Center was named a COVID-19 Hero by Crain's Detroit Business and Corp! Magazine this year by providing critical resource, safety, and support to those affected most by the Coronavirus Pandemic. In March, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, we shifted into high gear providing a continuum of COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Services. 

Your donation will help us continue to meet the real-time needs of those we serve. 

For more information visit www.detroitphoenixcenter.org

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