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Family Promise of Tualatin Valley holds Drive In, Sleep Out fundraiser June 1 through 2. Come experience what it is like to be homeless.

COURTESY PHOTOS  - Family Promise of Tualatin Valley supporters play Jenga at last years Drive In, Sleep Out event. All are invited to participate in this years event scheduled for June 1 through June 2.

Family Promise of Tualatin Valley (FPTV) is planning a sleepover, the likes of which you probably have not attended before. The sleepover will likely include the usual events: pillow fights, fun foods, music and a movie. But this sleepover has a unique purpose. It is intended to give participants a hint of what it is like to be homeless for a night.

The second-annual Drive In, Sleep Out is a fundraiser to raise awareness of the needs of local homeless children and families and to raise funds for FPTV.

The event will be held at Tualatin Elementary School, 20405 SW 95th Ave., Tualatin from 5 p.m. Saturday, June 1 through 7 a.m. Sunday, June 2. Participants will "drive in," enjoy an evening of food and entertainment, then "sleep out" in their cars to give them the smallest sense of what it is to be without a home.

"Homeless families in our area face many challenges," said FPTV Executive Director Rose Money. "In addition to having no consistent place to sleep they are trying to manage school schedules, work schedules or an unemployment search, a housing search and where to find the next meals for the kids. All of this makes it even harder to connect with social services for help."

FPTV provides resources and advocacy to help families overcome barriers to secure housing, and also supplies safe sleeping space, laundry facilities, meals and community during their time of homelessness.

Family Promise of Tualatin Valley Board Chair Judy Nix, right, poses with a FPTV volunteer at last years Drive In, Sleep Out event.

Participants in Drive In, Sleep Out will enjoy a barbecue dinner provided by Tigard's Knights of Columbus, classic rock music by local band SoundCheck, a raffle, picnic games and an indoor kid-friendly movie. For those staying overnight, there is a light breakfast.

Groups and individuals are encouraged to raise funds for FPTV prior to the event. The overnight group that raises the most funds gets breakfast delivered to their parking spot. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for those 12 and under and free for age 3 and under.

To register visit familypromiseoftv.org or text the word DISO to 41444. To donate visit familypromiseoftv.org or text the word FAMILIES to 71777.

FPTV aims to raise $30,000 during Drive In, Sleep Out.

There is a fully covered area for use in case of rain.


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