Fortitude makes additional moves to get homeless off the streets

September 24, 2018

This Saturday, Fortitude Community Outreach will hold its Off the Streets event to help raise funds for a planned PADS homeless shelter.

The PADS sheltering model has successfully been used in many suburbs of Chicago. The PADS shelter from Fortitude will be a rotating site shelter involving seven sites, one each night of the week.

“We have four churches signed on to serve as shelter sites, and we need three more,” said Dawn Broers, the founder of Fortitude Community Outreach.

Fortitude also is in need of a large group of volunteers who are willing to serve once per month or more. Applications can be found on the “Fortitude Community Outreach’’ Facebook page.

Participants can sign up and choose either a 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 to 4 p.m. shift on Saturday, and Fortitude will send you to a location in the community. You’ll reach out on your own social networking platforms to bring donations to you, until you reach the amount required to get you “off the streets.”

All participants in the fundraiser will be out in the community with green shirts and located by a green lawn sign, if you’d like to donate.

There’s no sign-up fee, and all locations will be safe and approved.

All participants will meet at Central Christian Church, 310 Main St. NW, Bourbonnais, 45 minutes prior to their shift. Be prepared to utilize social media and your friend, co-worker and family networks in order to meet fundraising goals.

Fundraising goals are: $100 for individuals, $150 for couples/families and $250 for groups of five individuals.

After you sign up, begin sharing with others about the event, letting them know you will asking for their support to get you off the streets during your shift. Donations can be dropped off to you at your location or given online.

Once your required amount is raised in order for you to get off the streets, you can assist others in meeting their fundraising goals, or continue to raise money during your three-hour shift. Prizes will be awarded for the top earners in each category: individual, couple/family and group.

“Currently, we only have three of 50 spots filled,” Broers said. “I expect more to sign up at the last minute.” Fortitude is looking to raise $7,000 at this event.

Sign up for your chance to help by going to signupgenius.com/go/20F094BA9AA2CA0F49-offthe

Fortitude Community Outreach also will be hosting a PADS shelter program open house and mattress dedication from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Central Christian Church.

The PADS shelter mattresses are arriving, and whether you’re a sponsor or not, Fortitude invites you to stop in and write messages for those who will be using the mattresses.

A short dedication ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Appetizers and beverages will be available.

If you’d like to donate to Fortitude, you can do so online or send monetary donations to 183 E. Bethel, Bourbonnais.

Item donations can be delivered to Our Savior Lutheran, 975 W. Brookmont, Bradley.

Items being accepted can be found on their website, fortitudecommunityoutreach.org

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