2016 Night with the Homeless

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NLEC

1411 Locust Street

St. Louis, MO 63103

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The Annual Night with the Homeless is an educational event to teach the community about the plight of the homeless by direct interaction. This event also presents attendees with opportunities to get involved in helping the homeless. Attendees will actually experience a taste of homelessness while in a safe environment, providing a whole new level of understanding and compassion for our fellow citizens who face this trial every day. The best we can do for those who are less fortunate is to speak out for them, to remind the rest of the world that they exist–that they are human beings who deserved better and that their pain is real.

The Night with the Homeless is an educational event; and as such, this event is for personal awareness and development. It can be a serious, sobering and very helpful experience. Some past participants have found that it was even a life-changing experience.

In addition to experiencing homelessness at the Night with the Homeless, you can help the homeless by getting sponsored for the event. All proceeds will help fund job training programs, upgrades to our shelter at 1411 Locust Street, and projects to bring awareness to homelessness. Our building needs major repairs and renovations to continue to provide a comfortable place for hundreds of homeless that call our shelter home every day. We will provide you with sponsorship forms and information about the event so that you can talk to your friends and family about sponsoring you. You can create a personalized Night with the Homeless Webpage to help you gather sponsors to make a difference. You can also help by collecting blankets, coats and care kits to hand out to the homeless.

WHO: Community members, students, families, groups…and you!

WHAT: An evening program to raise awareness of homelessness and funds to help the men, women, and children at NLEC.

WHY: The purpose of the Night with the Homeless is:

  • To familiarize and sensitize persons with the realities and hardships of homelessness
  • To see a different side of life
  • To gain firsthand knowledge of the growing crisis of homelessness. You will undoubtedly be struck by how many homeless people look just like you, tearing away at the myth of who constitute the homeless.
  • To become aware of community attitudes toward homeless people.
  • To become familiar with the social services network for homeless people, and how homeless people survive.


Register below to get your registration packet emailed to you today! Everyone who attends will receive a FREE copy of the book “Welcome Them Home” written by Rev. Larry Rice and Rev. Chris Rice!

Check-in Begins at 6:00pm

Raise money for life-changing programs before the big day, by getting people to sponsor you!

Check out the flyer here and our website here.

FAQs

Why should I participate in the Night with the Homeless?

  • To familiarize and sensitize yourself and others with the realities and hardships of homelessness
  • To see a different side of life
  • To gain firsthand knowledge of the growing crisis of homelessness. You will undoubtedly be struck by how many homeless people look just like you, tearing away at the myth of who constitute the homeless.
  • To become aware of community attitudes toward homeless people.
  • To become familiar with the social services network for homeless people, and how homeless people survive.


Is there a fee to participate in the Night with the Homeless?

In the tradition of a walk-a-thon, participants will have family and friends sponsor them. Anyone not wishing to seek sponsorships from family and friends can make a minimum donation, but we encourage you to ask your loved ones and see how excited they will be to help you help the homeless!


What will my money go towards?

All proceeds will help fund job training programs, upgrades to the NLEC shelter at 1411 Locust Street, and projects to bring awareness to homelessness.


Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

You do not need an ID to attend the event. Children should be 8 or older. You will be in large groups and if you choose, walking through downtown St. Louis to see where the homeless are and to distribute supplies to them. Those under 18 should be accompanied by a parent, youth pastor or supervisor.

When should I turn in my donations?

You can make a donation on this event page. You can create your own fundraising page at the link in the event description above. If collecting donations off line (checks or cash), simply bring them with you to the Night with the Homeless and turn them in at Registration.


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

We are convieniently located in downtown St. Louis on bus routes and within walking distance of a couple MetroLink stations. Visit the Metro Transit – St. Louis website to plan your trip using public transportation. There is on street parking nearby.


What if it rains?

The NIGHT WITH THE HOMELESS will continue as planned. The homeless sleep outside even in unfavorable weather.


Will the Night with the Homeless be safe?

There will be security guards on site all night and all areas will be well-lit. In the 27 years that NLEC has held the NIGHT WITH THE HOMELESS, we have never had a security concern at the event.


Will there be homeless people at the Night with the Homeless?

Yes, this event will bring together concerned members of the community with homeless individuals. It is an interactive fundraising and awareness event.

What can/can't I bring to the event?

Do not bring anything that you do not want to carry with you for an extended period of time. This event will take place indoors and outdoors. Please dress accordingly.

PLEASE DO NOT BRING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS - THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED & YOU WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE THEM IN YOUR CAR.

  • Coolers
  • Alcohol / Drugs
  • Pocketknives / Weapons of any kind
  • Pets
  • Stereo systems


Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can call (314) 881-3218 or (314) 881-3200 or email us at Contact_NWH@nlecstl.org.

Can I update my registration information?

You can update your registration information at any time on the Eventbrite website, by calling or by emailing us.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes. It speeds up the check-in process.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

Registration tickets are free, and as such are not transferrable. If someone else will be attending in your place, please have them pre-register here or register at the event.


I am unable to participate but would like to make a donation to the event. How can I do so?

You can make a donation in the registration section of this event page. You can also create a sponsorship page here.

Or, you may mail in your check to:

New Life Evangelistic Center
NWH 2016 Fund
PO Box 473
St. Louis, MO 63103

*Please also write NWH2016 on the memo line of your check.


Whereas of my own free will I am voluntarily participating in the NWH event and I agree to the following rules for this night.

  1. I will not bring any weapons to this event.
  2. I will not fight.
  3. I will not use abusive language toward the staff, volunteers, or use/solicit drugs or alcohol.
  4. I will not go onto any surrounding properties other than authorized areas for the NWH.
  5. I will not take another person’s belongings/property.
  6. No smoking on the NLEC property during the NWH.
  7. I do not hold NLEC responsible for any lost or stolen possessions.
  8. I will not interrupt those who are speaking and I will respect all views/opinions.

I understand that violating any of these rules is grounds to be asked to leave the NWH event immediately.

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1411 Locust Street

St. Louis, MO 63103

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