Family Promise
Community CAR-dboard City

  Experience a life changing night of "homelessness" with us.
July 19-20, 2019

Sleep in a box.  Knock Out Homelessness!

Annual Family Promise Mat-Su Shelter fundraiser but....
This year we are partnering with these other homeless service agencies:

AFS Women's Shelter
Blood 'n Fire Ministries/Knik House
Wasilla Homeless Committee

This will be a
shared community fundraiser this year!!

Alaska State Fairgrounds in Palmer, Alaska
July 19 -20, 2019
5 pm to 8 am

~Raise money to end homelessness
~Be a part of a night you won't forget.

~Participate in a soup/breadline.

~Listen to a Bedtime Story (with voices!)

~Sleep in a cardboard box, or your car!
~Appreciate your own cozy home, if you have one!

To sign up, submit the Registration Application below and rent your box-parking spot.
Contact Family Promise if you have any questions at 907-357-6160.





Cardboard City Registration Application

Please fill out this form if you wish to participate in Cardboard City! To make your pledges, please click donate down below this application. Thank you!

First Name:
Last Name:
Address Street 1:
Address Street 2:
Zip Code:
Daytime Phone:
Evening Phone:
Email Address:
T Shirt Size (if you don't want one, leave blank):
Group Name:
Staying Overnight (Y/N):
Estimated Number of Participants?:

Pay my rent now at Cardboard City:
$50.00 per participant
Or to sponsor a box sleeper/donate 
Please scroll down for Payment Button

If you attended Cardboard Cities in the past, you know it's  loads of fun!
Here is the drill for attending...

To put it frankly, register today in the office or fill out the form above! If you don’t, no soup for you! (Registration is available the night of the Event)

Gather pledges!  Auntie Em, Ma, Pa, and your pet llama would love to donate to the cause in your name.  Dig out the duct tape, paint, and cardboard… and begin your masterpiece of a dwelling.  Be crafty, there will be a most creative box contest at the event! Invite your friends over for a cup of tea in your temporary home sweet home.  Sleeping in your car at Car-dboard City is allowed this year.  Same entrance fee.

Spread the word about Cardboard City!  There will be soup, bread, guitars and lovely voices, heart-wrenching stories, t-shirts, new and old friends, and an experience to fondly recall and take to heart.

What:  A Cardboard City- Our goal is to find 200 people to spend the night in a temporary shelter—a cardboard box or a car.

When:  July 19 - 20, 2019, 5 pm to 8 am

Why:  To raise awareness of homelessness and raise money for Family Promise Mat-Su to support the homeless and impoverished here in the Matanuska- Susitna Valley of Alaska.

Where:   Alaska State Fairgrounds. Green Entrance (south side, off the Glenn Highway in Palmer, near train station)

How:   Become a “resident” of the city by paying at least $50 "rent" for space and spending one night in a cardboard box.

Gather Pledges: Invite your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to participate by asking them to pledge all, part of, or above and beyond your "rent." 

Children are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children under 10 years of age must have a parent or guarding sleeping with them in a box.

Youth groups require a ratio of one adult to five or fewer youths. 

Bring: Your shelter and duct tape (or car). Boxes will also be available on-site. You may bring a sleeping bag, pillow, quiet games. 

DO  NOT  bring: Valuables, electronics, pets, alcohol, weapons, or food. Any food brought in will be considered a donation to the local food pantry.

Be Creative: Boxes may be decorated as you choose as long as they are not offensive, demeaning, or inappropriate.

This is a 15-hour event.

5:00 p.m.   Registration begins.
5:30 p.m.   Presentations
6: 00 p.m.   Simple meal is served (soup, bread, and coffee or water).
     Music/Entertainment begins
7:30 p.m.   Meal service ends
8:00 p.m.  Registration ends
9:00 p.m.  Judging of decorated shelters
10:00 p.m.  Curfew /Prizes awarded /Bedtime Stories
11:00 p.m.  Quiet Time (kids to bed)
6:00 a.m.  Wake-up & take-down begins with DOUGHNUTS!
8:00 a.m.  Vacate Fairgrounds (be glad it was only one night and go to bed in your cozy home)

The homeless don't have a place to come in from rain or cold, so Cardboard City will be held regardless of weather conditions (tarps recommended).

Facts about Homelessness in the Mat-Su

Families with children comprise 33% of the homeless population--a larger percentage than previous years.
Since opening in 2005, Family Promise Mat-Su has provided over 39.000 shelter bed nights.

50% of our shelter guests are children under the age of 5.

563 schoolchildren (grades K-12) in the Mat-Su Borough were homeless in the 2016-2017 school year.

Lack of affordable housing is the main cause of homelessness in our Mat-Su Community.

Many of our homeless guest families have been sleeping in their vehicles (with their kids!) prior to entering shelter.

Worth repeating:

Participating in Cardboard City 

brings the issue of homelessness "home".

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