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Nonprofits Join Forces for ‘True Reality’ Sleep Out

Northern Virginia Family Service, Shelter House Inc., and UCM will host a sleep out.

Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS), Shelter House, Inc. and United Community Ministries (UCM) will host a “True Reality” Sleep Out on Friday night to raise awareness and funds for those who are homeless in Northern Virginia.

The Sleep Out is part of Fannie Mae’s 2012 Help the Homeless program. The event will be staged outdoors at Shelter House’s administrative office in Herndon. Participants will rough it for one night (limiting themselves to four supply items apiece, with only basic resources such as water and restroom facilities being provided) to raise awareness and funds for families in need in Northern Virginia.

“Shelter House launched the True Reality Sleep Out last year to raise awareness about the trauma and uncertainty a homeless family may face," said Kim Kendrick of Leftwich & Ludaway LLC and president of Shelter House’s Board of Directors, in a statement. "The event is not a simulation, but rather an event of dedicated people who are committed to our mission to provide supportive services and promote self-sufficiency for homeless families in Fairfax County. We are so pleased to have NVFS and UCM join us for this important community awareness event."

"We're so pleased that the effort to address the problem of homelessness in Northern Virginia is a true community effort said Mary Agee, president and CEO of Northern Virginia Family Service. "We are proud to come together with Shelter House and UCM in this unique event."

"Understanding leads to change," said Shirley Marshall, executive director of United Community Ministries. "With this event, we hope more people will reach a deeper understanding and greater awareness of the struggles of homeless people."

Representatives of the hosting organizations’ board of directors, donors, volunteers and staff will participate and share a glimpse into the experience throughout the night on Facebook and on Twitter at #nvfs and #ShelterHouseInc.

Individuals can register to participate or make a donation at www.hthwalks.org. Registration fees are $20 for youth (ages 25 and younger), $30 for adults, and $35 for virtual participants. Sponsorships are also available through Fannie Mae, which includes an additional incentive award equal to 20 percent of your contribution for your chosen beneficiary. All donations are tax-deductible, and 100 percent of online registration fees, and any additional donations, go directly to your selected organization.

Kristen Snellings October 17, 2012 at 01:16 PM
I would be interested in participating in the Sleep Out, but didn't find any information on it through the link. The info I saw only talked about signing up for a walk. Do you have a direct contact person for me to find out more?
Diane Hill October 17, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Hi Kristen, This is Diane Hill at UCM. We'd love to have you! Sorry about that... the info and other links were in our press release. You can go here fo rmore info and to sign up online: http://www.hthwalks.org/goto/UCM_TrueRealitySleep. If you have questions or more info--or would like to pay by check-- contact me at 571-255-8978 or email diane.hill@ucmagency.org. Many thanks - it's going to be an inspiring event! Thanks for caring!

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