Support the Homeless through “Night Without a Bed”

September 21, 2021

Southern Delaware’s emerging non-profit Family Promise Affiliate is hosting a sleep-out event at the Overfalls Lightship on October 8, 2021. Night Without a Bed is a national grass roots event which raises awareness and funds for families experiencing homelessness.

In Sussex County chaperones and teenage participants aged 12 – 16 from local youth and church groups will sleep outside in tents near the Overfalls Lightship in Lewes in order to simulate the experience of being homeless. In the run-up to the event, participants will challenge friends, neighbors, and family members to contribute financially to Family Promise of Southern Delaware at our NWAB Fundraising page

Every year in America, over 3 million children experience homelessness. Families experiencing homelessness account for 40% of all homeless in Delaware. Each day, in Delaware 18 kids become homeless. Nationally these children are 8-9 times more likely to repeat a grade, 3 times more likely to be placed in special education programs, and 7 times more likely to attempt suicide. 42% will drop out of school at some point and 47% suffer from anxiety, depression, or withdrawal. Family homelessness was a national crisis long before the pandemic, but the health and economic challenges of the past year have put many more children at risk of experiencing homelessness.

For more information on Night Without a Bed and instructions for participating, contact Kathy Dreason at 


Family Promise of Southern Delaware is looking to support a limited number of families in their search for permanent housing, will establish a working relationship between the selected families and a social worker. The southern Delaware chapter will provide financial support for rental assistance, security deposits, and utility deposits (up to $4500 per family). The organization expects to work with each family for a period of 3 to 4 months. Visit their website at 

Family Promise envisions a nation in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future. What began as a local initiative in Summit, NJ, has become a national movement that involves 200,000 volunteers in 200+ communities in 43 states. Family Promise delivers innovative solutions for family homelessness including prevention, shelter, and stabilization services. We have served 1 million family members since our founding more than 30 years ago, and we aspire to change the future for 1 million children by 2030 through our community-based programs. Learn more at 

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