“We hope we’ll have a good turnout of caring citizens willing to stand together against homelessness in our area.”

Sleep-out Challenge fundraiser to raise awareness of Midcoast homelessness

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CAMDEN — The Knox County Homeless Coalition will host its inaugural One Night Without a Home from 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, to 6 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10.

On any given night in the Midcoast, Knox County Homeless Coalition (KCHC) is actively working to house up to 160 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, according to a news release.

KCHC's holistic wraparound approach to homeless services is seeing a housing sustainability success rate, for those who complete their multi-year program inclusive of Aftercare of between 90 and 95 percent. 

KCHC's first One Night Without a Home is the organization’s kick-off event to National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

Anyone interested in joining the campaign may sign up at https://www.crowdrise.com/KCHC-One-Night-Without-A-Home-2018 and then join participants November 9-10, on the Camden Village Green to raise awareness of the issues surrounding homelessness both locally and globally.

This fundraiser challenge supports the work of Knox County Homeless Coalition — the only homeless services organization serving Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln Counties.

Stephanie Primm, executive director of KCHC, said in the release: “Homelessness is often misunderstood as are the causes and effective solutions. And, to to many, homelessness is invisible here, or too weighty to discuss. Our goals with this event are to make the topic approachable, raise awareness of the growing need in our own home towns, and bring people together in a meaningful and empathy-generating way around the issues of homelessness while raising much-needed funds to continue our successful programming and address the needs of the homeless individuals we serve — about half of which are children — in this area.”

“There will be sleep-outs across the country as part of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week”, said Becca Gildred, development director of KCHC, in the release. “We hope we’ll have a good turnout of caring citizens willing to stand together against homelessness in our area.”

Fundraising is ongoing through November 9, so join a team or create your own team (note that the term team is inclusive of teams made up of just one individual). The "sleep-out" begins at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9, and ends at 6 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, and will be held on the Village Green in Camden.

Detailed specifics are available on the sign-up site.

Business sponsors include: Maine Sport and The Bayview Collection which includes Lord Camden Inn, Grand Harbor Inn and 16 Bayview.

In-kind sponsors include: Camden Town Office and Chestnut Street Baptist Church.

Businesses looking to sponsor should contact Becca Gildred at 207-593-8151 or bgildred@homehelphope.org.

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About Knox County Homeless Coalition

Knox County Homeless Coalition, founded in 2014, is the only dedicated homeless organization serving Knox, Waldo and part of Lincoln counties offering case management to an active client base of about 300. They also manage the Hospitality House family shelter—a live-in facility for up to 23 in Rockport.

Their mission is to be the center of excellence in breaking cycles of poverty and homelessness in mid-coast Maine, offering a comprehensive approach to helping vulnerable people build productive and self-sustaining lives by providing intensive wraparound client care as well as shelter when possible. Everything the agency does do is delivered with respect, dignity and genuine caring, delivering on the promise of home, help, and hope.

Since opening their doors in 2014 KCHC has achieved a 90-95 percent success rate for sustainable independence in clients who remain active through the entire program.

The Home Help Hope on Wheels van, an added service in 2015 helps remove one of the most critical barriers to rural independence and transports clients to jobs, education, child care, health care and other services, an average of 2,000 miles per month.

The newest program of KCHC, The Landing Place, located on Park St. in downtown Rockland, is a highly-relational, low-barrier, comprehensive, youth program for under-served and marginalized teens.

Event Date: 
Fri, 11/09/2018 - 6:00pm
Event Location: 
Camden Village Green