Interfaith Outreach staff, frozen and thawed, celebrating their
Sleep Out survival

The Sleep Out 2017 launch included a Nov. 18 gathering of 200 youth of our community engaged in understanding the reality and impact of poverty in our midst and invited to find their role in addressing it. This was followed by an Interfaith board and staff parking lot Sleep Out, a sobering engagement with the reality of homelessness in our midst. 

The pace of the many Sleep Out and holiday events can be dizzying, but there are always those graced moments, those clear glimpses of our community at its beautiful best that remind us of why the effort, why the pace, and why the joy that fills us.

One of those moments was the Dec. 1 Family Christmas Party, where over 350 moms and dads, kids, grandmas, grandpas, volunteers, staff, Santa Claus, Bullseye - the Target mascot, good food, a beautiful setting, lovely music, kids' crafts and books, and candy canes converged for a joyful celebration of family and community at Christmas. A lovely reminder of why the effort, why the pace, why the Sleep Out.

Heartfelt thanks to Target, Jake's City Grille, Domino's Long Lake Pizza, Cub Foods, Orono PTO, Marge and Ben Wiig, Judy and Warren Pillsbury, cookie bakers, Interfaith party co-chairs Kathy Blanchard and Linda Picek, volunteers, staff, Wayzata Community Church, and Santa Claus for making it happen. 

We're over halfway to our Sleep Out 2017 goal, friends. Thank you! Thank you! for your help in bringing it home!

LaDonna Hoy
Executive Director

 

The Sleep Out is over halfway to goal!





Bedless Night is an indoor alternative to sleeping outside

(NEW!)  BEDLESS NIGHT - Dec. 1-10

Between Dec. 1-10, you can participate in the newest Sleep Out activity - Bedless Night - an opportunity for families to experience some of the struggles of suburban homelessness, create space for guided reflection and inspire giving.  Learn more and download your Bedless Night guide .

PLUS - A generous Interfaith Outreach donor will match every dollar you raise through your Bedless Night up to a total of $10,000! (When donating online, select "Bedless Night" from the drop-down menu.)
 



SHOP WITH A PURPOSE - Dec. 15

On Friday, Dec. 15, 32 local businesses  are supporting the Sleep Out by offering amazing deals as part of Shop with a Purpose Day - all to benefit local families and kids. Make sure to do some holiday shopping, dining and pampering this day only at these great partner locations! 

View a list of participating businesses and their special offers here. (Don't forget to thank them for sparking hope for local families when you drop by!)
 


Did you know 55% of families in poverty live in the suburbs?

CAMPAIGN UPDATE - 57% TO GOAL

This amazing community has raised $1,300,000  and is now 57%  of the way to the Sleep Out goal of $2,300,000 by Dec. 31!  View photos Thank you for keeping families and kids of our community safe, in their homes and empowered with new reasons to feel hopeful. 

Don't stop now...please encourage your friends and neighbors to donate and help create brighter futures for more than 2,000 local families. Together this community can and will take care of each other!

Give today, and learn more about the impact your donation has on the lives of our neighbors.
 


GIFT CARDS FOR THE HOLIDAYS 
Families need your support by Dec. 15

Wow, 519 families (1,808 individuals) have been sponsored through the Holiday Gift Program - thank you!  We are no longer in search of gift sponsors, but we are now  collecting financial donations for another 200 families who will need holiday support in the coming weeks. As of now, we are about 48% of the way there.  We invite you to make a financial gift to this effort (select "Holiday Gift Program" in the drop-down menu).


Or you can donate gift cards in $10 or $20 increments for retailers like Target, Kohl's, Cub or Holiday Gas.  Please bring gift cards to Interfaith Outreach, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at 1605 County Road 101 N in Plymouth before Dec. 15.


 
Did you know?
  • December's Volunteer Spotlight is Cathy Roth, the cheerful and determined leader of our Holiday Gift Program!  Meet Cathy >
  • This was the first time in the 22-year history of the Sleep Out that the community raised more than $1 million before Thanksgiving Day. Amazing - thank you!  The Sleep Out >
  • We have been honored with a Top-Rated Award from GreatNonprofits! Read inspiring stories about us and add your own.  More >
  • Resale Select is accepting donations of new and gently used outerwear - coats, parkas, snow pants, scarves, hats, gloves, mittens and boots - to help families through the coldest Minnesota months.  More >
  • Since the Sleep Out began, funds raised have prevented homelessness 30,895 times.  Learn more >
  • AmazonSmile is an easy way for you to support Interfaith Outreach as you do your holiday shopping, at no extra cost to you!  Learn more >





Mission
The mission of Interfaith Outreach is to engage the heart and will of the community to respond to emergency needs and create opportunities for all to thrive.



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Plymouth MN 55447
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