The Lord’s Place will host the 2021 SleepIn for SleepOut virtually this year to connect the community with the organization’s mission to end homelessness on Friday, April 9. Participants are encouraged to choose to sleep somewhere other than their beds–like in a backyard tent, on a porch, or in the living room–while watching the interactive program and learning how to be part of the solution to end homelessness.
The evening’s programming begins at 6 p.m. and will include stories from clients, a live cooking class with Chef Robert of Joshua Catering, a panel discussion on homelessness with graduates of The Lord’s Place, a live candelight ceremony, and a live Joshua Thrift Store showcase selling event.
The critical funds raised by teams, individuals, and partners will go directly to The Lord’s Place’s mission of breaking the cycle of homelessness. Through the extensive programs, services, and housing offered at The Lord’s Place, thousands of men, women, and children begin their journey out of homelessness.
“This is our opportunity as a community to respond to what has happened this past year,” said Diana Stanley, CEO of The Lord’s Place. “As in past years, we will end the event with a candlelight ceremony symbolizing the light each one of us can bring into our community. Only together can we make progress toward breaking the cycle of homelessness.”
Hollister and Travis Thomas and their children are this year’s Honorary Family. In 2017, the Thomas family initiated their own Holiday Hope for the Homeless gift bag program that has grown from 60 gift bags for the homeless to more than 230 gift bags in 2020. Hollister is also a dedicated volunteer at Burckle Place, the housing program designed exclusively for single homeless women.
“We are completely honored to be part of such an inspiring and creative way for the community to come together and experience a small look at what the homeless face. It’s important that we all understand that regardless of our situations, we are all human and deserve respect,” said Travis Thomas. “We have our large tent ready in our backyard and our kids are looking forward to experiencing this as a family. SleepIn for SleepOut is an impactful event that raises much needed awareness, and we are flattered to be forever associated with it.”
To register for free, click here and use the code “FreeEvent.”