Living in a box helps families in a bind- Viera Voice

Viera Voice/ By Linda Wiggins/

he nonprofit Family Promise of Brevard is asking people to show support for homeless families in an event called Box City to raise awareness of homelessness and raise funds to help families in the community. Families and individuals of all ages make their own shelter from a cardboard box starting at 5 p.m. Friday, April 17 and stay overnight to briefly experience what it’s like to sleep without a roof over their heads.

“I never could have imagined it could happen to me,” said Sams, who said his wife walked out on him and his toddler, leaving him without day care and unable to go to work to afford to pay rent.

He and his daughter lived overnight at a series of churches for a week at a time, and during the day he looked for work and Journey went to day care, all coordinated by the nonprofit that provides intact families in Brevard County with emergency shelter and support services through a network of interfaith congregations and trained staff, with the goal of transitioning the family into sustainable, permanent housing.

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