“Even though our local economy is improving, the numbers of local homeless children and families in the Santa Clarita Valley continue to rise,” said Chris Najarro, executive director of Family Promise of SCV. “In the first four months of 2016 alone we have already assisted a total of 10 families through our temporary shelter program, 10 household units (individuals and families) through our in-kind donation center and four household units (individuals and families) with three-day emergency hotel shelter. That’s a total of 88 individuals, including 49 minor children in all programs, combined.”
What once held furniture, refrigerators and washers will become temporary homes on Sept. 26 as local residents experience one night of “homelessness” during the sixth annual Box City, presented by Williams Homes. Box City raises awareness and funds for Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley, a nonprofit organization serving homeless families right here in the Santa Clarita Valley.
“This event gets bigger each year, which means locating the perfect cardboard home can be increasingly challenging,” said Dee Dee Jacobson, one of the Box City event organizers. She is encouraging participants to submit their $25 registration fee, work toward the $100 per-person fundraising goal, find a suitable cardboard box, and begin planning how to decorate their home-for-a-night. To register for Box City, visit www.familypromisescv.org.
While raising awareness of a serious topic, the event will also feature music, entertainment, activities, raffle prizes and awards. Entertainment includes RockNacappella, a local youth performance group; singers John Stratton and Andrew Heath; and DJ Ever Ed-E. Each participant will receive a paper-sack dinner and bagel breakfast.
“Box City allows all of us to reflect on how fortunate we are to live in this valley and understand how we can help those who are encountering difficult times,” said Laurie Ender, president of the Family Promise Board of Directors. “Many are surprised to find out just how many homeless families there are in the Santa Clarita Valley. Family Promise is able to provide a safe place to stay, food, counseling and, most importantly, hope to these families.”
The title sponsor of this year’s event is LTC Performance Strategies. United Records Management, Inc., is the entertainment and hospitality sponsor. Platinum sponsors include Princess Cruises, Brookfield Residential/Five Knolls, Bethlehem SCV, St. Clare of Assisi Parish, Valencia United Methodist Church and Global Prep Academy.
Santa Clarita Mayor Marsha McLean will be presenting the “key” to Box City to the Box City “mayor,” which is the participant who raises the most money.
Since 2011 Family Promise of the Santa Clarita Valley has been offering shelter, meals and support services to families without homes. Its cost-efficient and effective community response to family homelessness is made possible through the generosity of local congregations, businesses, volunteers and donors. More information is available at www.familypromisescv.org.
Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley (Interfaith Hospitality Network) is an affiliate of the national nonprofit organization committed to helping homeless families with children achieve lasting independence. Family Promise mobilizes community groups and resources to provide safe shelter, food and compassionate support services to homeless families and aid in their transition to permanent and sustainable housing.
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To transport guests of the Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley program from the Resource Center in Canyon Country, CA to the evening host location using the program’s 15-passenger van.
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From The Signal:
Registration is now open for the annual “Box City” event scheduled for Sept. 26 at Valencia Heritage Park, officials said this week.
At the event, which is put on annually by Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley, participants typically spend a night in a cardboard box they make in the park to raise awareness of and compassion for homelessness in the Santa Clarita Valley, according to a news release.
The event will also feature bands, activities, a raffle and a brown bag dinner and breakfast.
More than a dozen salons in Santa Clarita have joined with Family Promise of SCV for a month-long fundraiser during May 2015 to support helping homeless families in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Called “Santa Clarita Salons for Family Promise of SCV,” the fundraiser provides an opportunity for participating salon clients to donate to Family Promise during May, 2015. The salons will provide their clients with information about what Family Promise does to help homeless children and families in Santa Clarita, as well as offer a handy bookmark for clients to learn more about the organization.
“We’re very excited about the campaign and look forward to both educating our clients about Family Promise of SCV and garnering support for this worthwhile organization,” said Tiffany Friedman, owner of N’Style Salon.
“Even in beautiful Santa Clarita, there are homeless children and families. Our mission as a local non-profit organization is to work with the community, including local congregations, to help families out of homelessness,” explains Laurie Ender, Family Promise of SCV President.
Family Promise of Santa Clarita Valley is hosting a day of free shopping for new and gently used clothing and shoes, new socks, personal care items, new pillows and more!
Saturday, April 18th • 3–6 pm
North Oaks Church of Christ
27570 Whites Canyon Road • Canyon Country, CA 91351
The event is open to all low-income and homeless residents of the Santa Clarita Valley who bring valid ID, proof of residency and income verification.