Would you be homeless for a night?


Staff Report



CLEMSON — A unique event is coming to Pickens to help bring awareness to the plight of homelessness and change lives.

Family Promise of Pickens County is asking local residents, clubs, churches and other organizations to give up their warm and cozy bed and spend the night in a temporary cardboard shelter.

The idea is that donors become a resident in the cardboard city by paying a $500 “rent” for a space and spend a night in their cardboard home in Gateway Park in Clemson.

Potential “renters” are encouraged to begin organizing their business, church, club, Greek organization, civic group, and others to participate as sponsors. Neighbors, friends, family and coworkers can all pledge toward the tenant’s “rent.”

Clubs can bring paint, markers and Duct tape to decorate. After all, for one night, it is home.

The event runs from noon Friday, Oct. 23, through noon Saturday, Oct. 24.

With support of local churches and community volunteers, Family Promise of Pickens County provides families with Day Center and case management where parents can seek employment, housing and other key resources.

For more information, contact Robert Fennell at 864-654-5961 or rsfennell43@gmail.com; Tom von Kaenel at 864-643-9197 or tom.vonkaenel@yahoo.com; or Judy Goosen at 864-868-4686 or jgoosen@10yahoo.com.

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