Despite the improving economy, many families are still homeless contend proponents of Cardboard City, an annual awareness and fundraising event that serves to educate the community.
Cardboard City, which is a fundraising rally benefiting Family Promise of Greater Phoenix, encourages participants to live for one evening under the stars in his or her own cardboard home, according to a press release.
This year’s event is from 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 to 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 19 at Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Road in Scottsdale.
There are an estimated 4,004 homeless families in greater Phoenix, the release states.
Family Promise of Greater Phoenix is a nonprofit organization whose volunteers open their houses of worship to provide emergency shelter, meals and support to homeless families.
At its Family Center in Scottsdale, the organization provides a day center, employment assistance, counseling and other services for families in the emergency shelter program, the release states.
Go to www.familypromiseaz.org.
The Scottsdale Independent is available for free every Wednesday.