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SO4S – “Sleep Out for Shelter”


March 1
March 31

Sleep Out 4 Shelter

is an event organized by Dorchester County Community Outreach (DCCO). DCCO currently operates a men’s shelter in Summerville, SC and is working to open a women’s shelter that will also house children.

The goal of Sleep Out 4 Shelter is to challenge our community to  spend one night out of their comfort zone to raise awareness and funds so we can help people who are experiencing homelessness have a comfortable place to call home.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Request a Sleep Out 4 Shelter packet
  2. Pick ANY night in March 2018
  3. Choose the location to Sleep Out of your comfort zone
    ~outside, garage floor, living room floor, school gym, office, church, or your friend’s couch
  4. Set your fundraisin>g goal
  5. Begin to ask for monetary donations>/li>

    We encourage you to start with nothing to bring and set a goal that each dollar amount you raise you are able to bring an item with you to the event
    $5 : Blanket
    $10 : Pillow
    $25 : Pajamas/Jacket
    $50 : Flashlight
    $100 : Water & Snacks
    $150 : Tent
    $200 : Air Mattress

  6. Sleep Out 4 Shelter and share your experience and “sleep out selfie” on social media, with friends & family:

    Instagram : @dcco4homeless

Facebook : Dorchester County Community Outreach / Home of Hope
Please use the following hashtags : #SleepOut4Shelter #Hope4thehomeless

Suggested Activities to do on your SO4S night

Build a Shelter Competition

Gather the items you have brought and create a shelter with unique items (ie rope, tarp, tape, cardboard)

Make a blanket from recyclable trash

Weave plastic bags and other items to keep you warm at night

Eat a “homeless” meal

Eat cold soup directly out of a can or find a local soup kitchen or homeless assistance food truck

How fast can you get dressed relay

Bring a lot of clothes and layer on as much as you can, as fast as you can

The balancing act

How many items can you hold before dropping them? (use balloons, if you don’t have items)

Make blessing bags

Fill a bag with everyday items and give to people in need

Guest speaker/former resident testimony

Coordinate with DCCO to have someone come talk to you about their experiences

Get more information and/or host a “SO4S – Sleep Out for Shelter” Event

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