Great Football Sunday – House the Homeless
We are tackling homelessness.
There were nearly 67,000 documented homeless people in the New Jersey/NYC metro area in 2012. One in four were children. An additional 150,000 are still displaced because of Hurricane Sandy. That’s like having the residents from East Rutherford, Ridgewood, Montclair, N.J. and Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn homeless and living on the street. Thousands of families also live doubled up with friends and relatives. What’s more, 40,000 New York City schoolchildren and 10,000+ veterans in our area do not have homes.(1)
The working poor and unemployed frequently find themselves homeless, hungry and without proper health care. Your neighbor, colleague or co-worker may be one step away from losing their apartment or home. Whether the result of a natural disaster or a crippled economy, homelessness is an issue to be addressed and resolved. We can no longer keep a blind eye when it comes to our neighbors and friends.
We need your help.
Super Bowl XLVIII will be played at MetLife Stadium, in East Rutherford, NJ, on February 2, 2014. The game has focused a global spotlight on the New Jersey/NYC region. Impact Consulting is taking initiative and launching a public awareness campaign to bring attention to the changing face of homelessness in our area. More importantly, we want to move people — like you — to support charities with proven track records lifting families, children and veterans out of homelessness. We are currently working with:
- Family Promise of Bergen County
- 100K Homes / Community Solutions
Your financial contribution will allow the Great Football Sunday campaign to tell the success stories of these organizations, giving them exposure they could not afford individually and raise funds to get more families, children and veterans into stable homes. We invite you to join the team.
We plan to celebrate.
Great Football Sunday will culminate on Super Bowl Sunday with an unprecedented event. Homeless families, veterans and community supporters will be hosted to a day of entertainment. (Proposed venue is the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ.) Most homeless shelters don’t have televisions, so one of the day’s highlights will be a viewing party like no other. Our special guests will enjoy America’s iconic game on the big screen. That’s why the campaign is called “Great Football Sunday”.
Here’s how you can contribute to the Great Football Sunday campaign.
1. The State of Homelessness in America 2013, National Alliance to End Homelessness, April 2013. CNN, January 8, 2013, report on comments by New Jersey Governor Christie and New York City Mayor Bloomberg. Robin Hood Foundation, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development