The Big Cheque

Everyone laid hands on the cheque, to send it along with a blessing.

This cheque started its journey this morning at St. Catherine’s Anglican Church (Edgemont Village) where the congregation got a sneak peek. Then it was driven down to St. John’s, just in time to be presented to Paul Harmon and Hannah Han from the North Shore Lookout Housing and Health Society. What an honour and a privilege to be able to help our brothers and sisters in need!

We are so happy St. Catherine’s joined The Long, Long Night of Hope, as well as St. Clement’s former priest Bishop Lynne McNaughton, and we are excited to see other parishes get involved next year.

If you would like more information, or you would like to get involved in The Long, Long Night of Hope 2020, please email us at longlongnightofhope@gmail.com.

The Final Tally for 2019

It takes time for all the funds to trickle in. There is always a waiting period. We had The Long, Long Night of Hope event on Feb 23, when participants slept in their cars or on the floor of the church to raise awareness of every day life for hundreds of homeless people in our area. Participants continued accepting donations until March 15, both in person and online. Then we have to wait for everyone to hand in their funds, and for our online platform hosts CanadaHelps.org to process the donations, deduct processing fees and send the balance.

All the counting is done now, and we are so happy to announce our final donation total: $20,000!

The presentation of the big cheque will be done during the Sunday worship service at St. John’s Anglican Church on May 26th, 2019. All are welcome to join us for that service, starting at 10:00 am. Prior to that service, the cheque will make its way to St. Clements and St. Catherine’s churches, to ensure all who were involved with The Long, Long Night of Hope have a chance to lay hands and blessings on the donation. Details are still being worked out for that.

Thank you to everyone who supported The Long, Long Night of Hope 2019, from the participants to the donors to those who kept us in their prayers. Thanks so much to Capilano Suspension Bridge for the donation of passes, which were awarded to two of our hard working volunteers. And huge thanks to Jak’s Liquor store in Coquitlam, for collecting donations and matching them!

Stay tuned for The Long, Long Night of Hope 2020! Planning is not that far away! We would love to have you join us!

Just a Few Days More

The Long, Long Night of Hope’s 2019 fundraising campaign is almost over. Participants have already spent a long, cold, uncomfortable night in their cars (or on the floor of St. John’s Anglican Church), something hundreds of homeless people are doing every night of the year in the Lower Mainland. Now they are making final calls to collect on pledges made.

With God’s blessing and your help, we have officially raised over $19,000.00 for The Lookout Housing and Health Society of North Vancouver. Once the campaign closes on Friday, March 15, and our participants have handed in their last minute donations, our accountant will have a chance to add up all the columns. We cannot wait to see just how much you have helped us raise to help the homeless!

Will you join us next year? Would your parish be interested in hosting your own Long, Long Night of Hope to benefit YOUR local homeless shelter? We would be happy to discuss all the possibilities with you! Reach out to us year-round at longlongnightofhope@gmail.com.

It’s Not Over Yet!

The Long, Long Night of Hope 2019 was Saturday February 23, with more than 15 people sleeping either in their cars or on the floor of the St. John’s Anglican Church. They did this to raise awareness and understanding of the growing homelessness crisis in our community, where a growing number of working or pensioned individuals are living in their vehicles.

At the time of this post, our total is sitting at $18,035.00, with more donations coming in daily. The participants are incredibly humbled by your support, and the Lookout Society is already making plans to use that money to support the vulnerable and marginalized members of our community.

It is not too late to help! Donations can be made up to March 15, 2019. The participants have done their work – now we need you to do yours. Donate today at http://www.longlongnightofhope.ca.

Homelessness is not Hopelessness. Be the Hope.

The Big Night is Here!

It is officially The Long, Long Night of Hope 2019!

Participants have gathered and are getting ready to settle in for the night. Donations are being tallied.

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far! Participants are accepting donations up until March 15, so it is not too late!

Thank you to our participants, ranging in age from Keira (8) and Lena (9) to Jean (a little older than that!). You are all proving you ARE the Hope for the future!

Christie Smith wrote and performed an original song, The Long, Long Night of Hope, with vocals by Donna Lawrence, Leeann Price and Yasmine Bia. We posted a partial recording of it on our Facebook page – hope you like it!

A Handful of Days

Just a handful of days left until The Long, Long Night of Hope 2019. That does not seem like much, unless you give it some context.

A handful of days without food could lead to a critical illness.

A handful of days not working can mean no money to pay the rent.

A handful of days on antibiotics can eliminate a deadly infection.

A handful of days of healthy nourishment can save a life.

Over the next handful of days, participants of The Long, Long Night of Hope will be actively raising funds while they make plans to sleep in their car, or on a hard pew in the church, on Saturday February 23. The experience will give them a tiny taste of what life is like every day for hundreds of homeless people around the Lower Mainland. More importantly, the money raised will go to The Lookout Housing and Health Society’s shelter in North Vancouver, who care for our most vulnerable sisters and brothers.

A lot can be done in a handful of days. You can still register, raise funds and join us. Homelessness is not Hopelessness. Be the Hope.

Ten Days and Counting!

There are 10 days to go until the big night, The Long, Long Night of Hope. It seems a short time, but there is still so much time to do so much more!

It is never too late to join us! We have had participants register on the last day, raising a few hundred dollars when they shared their fundraising page with friends and family. There is no minimum amount to raise, and every amount helps! You will feel so good, knowing you have done something to help people whose need is so great!

By the way, The Long, Long Night of Hope is a perfect fundraiser for our youth, the social justice warriors in our community. Create a team of young people and watch what they can do!

Participants please note: a new page has been added to this site: The Participant LLNOH Checklist. Make sure you check it out while you are getting ready for the big night!