Interfaith group raising money for homeless

Friday , September 23, 2016 - 11:38 AM

OGDEN — Organizers of an event designed to raise funds for helping the homeless are looking for teams to participate in an upcoming fundraising four-wheeled bed race to be held Oct. 29.

Family Promise — a new interfaith nonprofit trying to get off the ground in Ogden — is a nationwide effort with affiliates in cities all across the country, according to the Rev. Monica Hall, of Trinity Presbyterian Church.

The mission of the organization is to help families who are temporarily homeless to get back on their feet again, she said in a news release.

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The program is embodied by local Ogden faith communities volunteering their churches to host families in need a week at a time, said the release. When a family enters the program, they are taken to a church to stay for the week.

“An average day looks like this: Breakfast by host church, a bus comes to pick up family to take children to school and take adults to a day center where there is a staff that will help with job search, housing search, financial help, and support,” said the release. “After school the children are bused to day center, then the whole family is taken back to the church for dinner, which is hosted by the congregation. Each faith community participates in feeding, tending, and supporting the family as the time of transition is a vulnerable time.”

Typically, there are three to four families at a time being hosted, according to the release.

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“We have been working on this for over a year. It is truly an interfaith collaboration,” Hall said. 

The bed race will be Oct. 29 in the parking lot of Ascension Lutheran Church, 1105 N. Washington Blvd. in Ogden. 

Participants will form a team of five people — four to push the bed and one to ride. The teams will make their way through a race course set up at the church, Hall said.

Through heats, teams will race each other and eventually there will be a bed race winner. It is customary for bed teams to decorate the bed, dress up to embody a theme of the racers, and have fun while raising money for the program, Hall said. The entry fee for each team is $125.

Organizers hope to make the races an annual event.

For information, call Family Promise of Ogden at 801-675-0429 or visit offices at 3722 N. 900 West in Pleasant View.

Information also is available on the organization’s webside,

You may reach reporter JaNae Francis at 801-625-4228. Follow her on Twitter at @JaNaeFrancisSE or like her on Facebook.  




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