Harford Family House asks residents to support neighbors experiencing homeless at first ‘Off the Streets’ event

The community is invited to be a part of the inaugural “Off the Streets” event, a fundraiser for Harford Family House.

This event will take place wherever you decide to “sleep out,” whether it be your backyard, kitchen floor or driveway. All proceeds from the event will help families and young adults in the community on their journey to independence.

Individuals, families, friends, colleagues, churches, youth groups, organizations and businesses are challenged to sleep outside for one night, in a safe and legal spot of their own choosing. This event is not about pretending to be homeless, it’s a demonstration to those experiencing homelessness — deciding that we can’t stay indoors while so many families remain outside. Participants will raise funds and awareness for Harford Family House and earn incentives along the way.

“This event allows the community to support a critical need in our community in such a fun and easy way: by sleeping out in a safe and legal place,” Harford Family House CEO Robin Tomechko said in a statement. “You may be uncomfortable for one night, but the funds raised from this event will have a lasting impact on our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness, providing them with a safe warm place to sleep and the resources and support needed to work toward independence.”

The $25 per person registration fee is the amount it costs Harford Family House to provide a night of shelter and support for someone experiencing homelessness.

To register, visit http://bit.ly/OTS2021registration or create a fundraising page to raise the funds to cover the registration fee by visiting http://bit.ly/OTS2021fundraising. Once the $25 registration fee has been covered, participants can choose to continue raising additional funds in order to earn incentives and help keep even more families and young adults off the streets.

Fundraising for this event is ongoing. As soon as participants register, they can immediately begin raising funds to support this critical need in our community.

The event can be followed on social media. Starting at 6 p.m. March 12, there will be a series of posts and videos providing more information about the issue of homelessness in the community, fun facts, ways to get more involved, and demonstrating how the funds raised through this event are making a difference in the lives of our neighbors.

Sponsors of the event include Tar Heel Construction, Aberdeen Ironbirds, ABC Party Tent and Rental, Harford Community College, Harford Financial Group, Harford Mutual Insurance, Aberdeen Police, Aberdeen Rotary, Stack & Store, Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance, Ferrell Fuel, GIO Technologies, Horizon Cinemas, Presbyterian Churches of Harford & Baltimore Counties, and Rush Rocks Promotions, LLC.

Harford Family House, Inc. assists families with children and unaccompanied young adults achieve independence through housing, support and resources dedicated to improving the financial stability and mental wellbeing of its clients experiencing homelessness. It was established in 1989 and is the largest organization in Harford County providing services to people experiencing homelessness. For more information, call 410-273-6700 or visit www.harfordfamilyhouse.org


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