What does home mean to you?
Maybe it’s a warm meal with your family, a sense of relief, a place you can kick off your shoes after a long, hard day. It’s where memories are made with people who love you.
It’s hard to imagine anybody, let alone a teenager, without a home. But for more than 3,500 youth in Dallas ISD who are experiencing housing insecurity, this is their reality.
On June 11th, join us for a virtual event to raise funds and awareness for unsheltered youth. We’ll end the evening by giving up our beds for the night, sleeping in solidarity with the children, teens, and young adults who live this experience daily.
1. Register Your Sleeper Team
Are you ready to make a promise to the unsheltered youth in North Texas? You can start a sleeper team on your own or with your community.
Register yourself as a sleeper by setting up a fundraising page on JustGiving, then create or join a team.
2. Fundraise and Spread the Word
After registering, personalize your JustGiving fundraising page and share with friends, family, and coworkers. Don’t worry if you’ve never fundraised before – we’ll provide you with a fundraising toolkit to help you along the way!
3. Sleep out to change lives
Join us on June 11th by giving up your bed for the night to make your promise. Every dollar raised will go towards bettering the lives of the all the youth who come to Promise House by providing shelter, meals, counseling, and guidance.
Meet the Sleepers
If you are interested in sponsoring Promise to Care, you can fill out the form online here.
How does Promise House help youth experiencing housing insecurity?
Since 1984, Promise House has had an open door – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – to children, youth and families in crisis. Today, Promise House provides nearly 100 open beds and operates several different short-term and long-term programs to address the unique needs of youth, ages 0 to 24, who are housing insecure.
Where does the money for Promise to Care go?
The funds raised for Promise to Care help to keep the lights on and doors open for the hundreds youth who stay in our shelter throughout the year. Additionally, these funds also help to provide food, personal hygiene items, counseling, and case management services to help fulfill the individual needs of each child or young adult. When you make a gift to Promise House, you are helping to serve the youth who need it the most.
How do I get a receipt after I make a donation?
As soon as you make a donation, you should automatically receive a donation receipt to the email provided. If you haven't received a receipt, double check your spam folder to see if it’s in been sorted as junk. However, you can log into your account to access old donation receipts. Once you're in, click on your name in the top right hand corner, and then select 'Donations you've made'. Click 'Go' without entering any dates to see your full history.
How do I add money that I’ve raised offline?
For more information on entering offline donations, click here. (https://help.justgiving.com/hc/en-us/articles/200669531-How-do-I-add-money-that-I-ve-raised-offline-)
How do I update my email address?
Just log into your account, click on your name in the top right-hand corner and select 'Your Details'. Click on 'Edit your information' and enter your new email address. Don't forget to click update when you're done.
About Promise House and Promise to Care
Promise House is an independent 501(c)(3) providing crisis intervention, transitional housing, pregnant and parenting teen services, counseling, education and outreach to neglected, abused and at-risk youth, up to age 24. Recognizing that each youth’s struggles are rooted in experiences of trauma, we set the foundation for healing. Promise House seeks to fight chronic homelessness in North Texas through two avenues of service: residential and outreach.
While there is no way to replicate the experiences of over 3,500 Dallas ISD students who are in unstable living situations, this event seeks to provide a greater understanding of the harsh realities that homeless youth face. Our goal is to educate the community about youth experiencing homelessness, inspire change and encourage action to fight youth homelessness.
Understanding Youth Homelessness
- 40% of the homeless population in the U.S. is under the age of 18.
- Homeless youth are 4x more likely than their peers to have at least one mental health disorder.
- In the 2018-2019 school year, there were more than 114,000 homeless youth enrolled in Texas public schools.
- Students experiencing homelessness are 5x more likely to repeat a grade in middle school and 2.5x more likely to repeat a grade in high school compared to their counterparts in safe and secure homes.
Are you ready to help youth in need?