Thank you for your interested in media coverage of Care For Friends' Sleepout For Homelessness!  Below are various video clips and other files you are free to use in assembling your coverage.

To arrange an interview or access additional information about our event, please contact Care For Friends' Executive Director:

Hope Pavich


Organization Overview

  • Care For Friends has been serving the homeless from their Lincoln Park home base for 50 years.

  • COVID brought a 30% expansion in demand for our services. In addition to our "traditionally homeless" folks, we now see 80 "housed but unemployed" families approaching us for food.

  • Organization has 12,500 contacts per year with homeless Chicagoans (appx 80,000 people will experience homelessness in Chicago this year)

  • Many of our guests are afraid to access services from other organizations that can get them out of homelessness, because of rigorous sign-in requirements or requests for identification

    • ​within 3 weeks of becoming homeless, even the most mentally healthy folks display signs of paranoia​

    • those with prior brushes with the law or questionable immigration status are afraid to provide ID upon first contact

  • We overcome those barriers by providing "no questions asked" hot meals three times per week, which also include representatives from partner organizations that guests are otherwise are afraid to access

  • At those meals, trusting relationships are developed, producing the following results

    • Housing: over 50% of Lincoln Park Community Shelter's clients are first met at a CFF meal.  85% achieve permanent housing within 6 months, and the vast majority remain housed when checked back on a year later​

    • Jobs: Graduates of our partners' Job Skills Training program earn an average hourly wage of $12.34 per hour, for jobs lasting 38 hours per week and at least a year

    • Sober Mental and Physical Health:  60% of our guests have now found a permanent medical home that is not the Emergency Department

  • Key initiative for 2021 is to expand services to assist families at risk of homelessness due to COVID with a Mobile Food Pantry.  With CPS reporting nearly 18,000 homeless students in 2017-2018 school year, Care For Friends has saw a need to expand services last year, and now provide weekly drop-in/after school supportive services for homess youth.  Partnering with DePaul, our goal is to get three high school senior enrolled in college by year end.​

Event Overview

  • Usuallly, the event involves 200 hundred people sleeping outdoors in tents at 530 W. Fullerton Parkway.

  • Most are Chicagoans, though sleepers come from as far away as Los Angeles and Boston

  • They are raising money to support the Care For Friends mission, including the expansion of services to address homeless youth

  • With COVID restrictions, this has been shifted.

    • A campfire will still be list from sunset to sunrise on February 19th​

    • Supporters are coming to light a candle from the fire, and bring home to place in their windows, a beacon of hope for all who don't have homes in this difficult time

    • Many individuals are "sleeping out" near their own home (socially distanced on porches, backyards, apartment courtyards, and the like)

    • They are also conducting a photo scavenger hunt in their neighborhoods, looking for places where a homeless person could find the resoures they need for a night - posting to social media with #CFFSleeps

  • Donations accepted at

  • Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter updates throughout the event are online using the hashtag #CFFSleeps

  • This is thes sixth year in a row of the Sleepout; we are aiming for a cumulative fundraise of $200,000.

Event Logistics:

  • Location: 530 W. Fullerton Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614

  • Event Timeline

    • Friday, February 19th:  7pm Fire Lighting and online streaming

    • 7:15pm: homeless guests share their stories of hope

    • 7:30 campfire remains available until 7am for visitors

Other Background Materials

Can't send a film crew out yourself?  Feel free to use any of the downloadable videos or still photos below:

Sleepout For Homelessness
Press Kit

Keep The Home Fires Burning

Video Files

Raising The Signs

Tent Setup Complete - 1

Carrying Firewood

Prepping A Smores Buffet

Tent Setup

Tent Setup Complete - 2

Lighting Campfires

Hot Chocolate By The Fire

Still Photos

Download Still Photo Library



530 Fullerton Parkway, Chicago, IL 60614

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