Sleep Out Saturday, November 4, 2023

One Night, One Community


Sleep Out Saturday Participant Testimonials

"It has been a life-changing experience, for myself and for my youth group." (Youth group leader)

"How anyone could sleep on the ground cold and wet, and still get up in the morning and go to work or look for work, I don't understand how."

"Just because we live in DuPage County, it doesn't mean that everyone is wealthy. I have the means to help, and I have the means to energize others to help, and that's why we do Sleep Out Saturday." (Youth group leader)

"It rained last night and soaked through lots of boxes.  On rainy nights homeless people have to sleep like that all night." (Age 10)

"It (homelessness) was something no one should experience for a long or short time.  It started to rain, I just laid there shivering, think how many people have to do this everyday. Wow." (Age 11)

"People can become homeless in a matter of days, so we need to give thanks for what we have and not ask for things we don't need." (Age 13)

"I can't imagine having to get my kids to school and go to work after one night like that - let alone every day."

"This year I learned about the personal struggle to function on a day-to-day basis without the assurance of a roof over my head and a home to rest.  This was profound to me.  How it must wear on the body and soul."

"I had a difficult time sleeping.  I was cold and I was afraid my kids were cold.  When I did sleep, I dreamed of homeless children.  As I heard stories, I became fearful that it could happen to me, or anyone I know."

"I didn't just learn about being homeless, I experienced it.  So that will make me do something about it." (Age 12)

"I am actually glad it rained, because that way you can see how harsh the weather could be for the homeless.  I got about 1 or 2 hours of sleep.  Imagine if you had to do this every night.  You would be so tired when you go to school. (Age 11)

"It gets cold and lonely outside.  I am thankful for a warm home and a bed."

"Even though my life gets busy, and I feel like I have so much stress, other people would be glad to have my silly problems.  Their needs are real and I need to take time to help them."