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!

How YOU Can Help!

Participants are sharing their fundraising pages and making plans to sleep out in their cars in this frigid weather. There is still time to sign up yourself, and help us raise money for the homeless.

But if that isn’t your thing, there are other ways to help! You just need to be creative. For example, Jak’s Beer, Wine & Spirits in Coquitlam Central has put out a donation jar, and they commit to matching their customers’ cash donations dollar-for-dollar. That’s an awesome idea and we really appreciate your efforts!

If you or your business have an idea for helping us, please let us know! The homeless of our community need your help.

Thank you!

It’s COLD Out There!

The long range forecast for The Long, Long Night of Hope is cold! Continued cold temperatures and flurries are expected right up to our big day.

Our brothers and sisters to the East might not find this all that cold, but for the Vancouver area, it is frigid! If you are taking part in The Long, Long Night of Hope February 23, sleeping in your car, start planning your strategy on staying warm … well, warm enough. Don’t burn candles or any open flames, and don’t run your car’s engine all night – there are neighbours who could be disturbed and idling laws you could break.

Soon we will post a helpful LLNOH checklist of things participants should plan to bring along. For now, think about the people for whom we are doing this … people who sleep in their cars when it is pouring rain, when it is blistering hot, when it is a Polar Vortex. They need our help.

There is still plenty of time to join The Long, Long Night of Hope 2019. Registration is free, and fundraising is easy. Homelessness is not Hopelessness. Be the Hope. Join us.

Welcome February! Our Goal is 25 for 25

We are just getting revved up! Participants are signing up and sharing their fundraising pages! They are also looking at their vehicles and trying to figure out the best way to stay warm and (relatively) comfortable on February 23rd, The Long, Long Night of Hope!

Our goal for 2019 is to have (at least) 25 participants and make (at least) $25,000 for The Lookout Housing and Health Society of North Vancouver. The only way we can hit 25 for 25 is with your help!

  • Sign up and start fundraising!
  • Talk to those family members and friends who are social warriors and get THEM to sign up!
  • Create a team with family or co-workers!
  • Share this site on social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc)
  • Donate!

Sleeping in our cars (or on the floor of the church, if you prefer) will give us a tiny taste of what homeless people across the Lower Mainland are doing every single day. It is cold. It is uncomfortable. It is vulnerable. And participants are encouraged to share their journey with their supporters throughout the experience – tweet as you are walking out to your car! Go Facebook Live from your make-shift bedroom! Post when you wake up at dawn to the sounds of the city waking up! Facebook Live that first cup of coffee (we are providing coffee and breakfast for all participants!)

Homelessness is not Hopelessness. Be the Hope.

We Are Back for a 3rd Year!

The Long, Long Night of Hope is back in North Vancouver, and more people than ever will be sleeping in their cars to bring awareness to homelessness in our community. That seems fitting, because more people than ever truly are sleeping in their cars … every night…. all over the country.

Whether you are ready to register and start raising funds today, or whether you are looking to support one of your friends, you can click the link on the right “Join the Long, Long Night of Hope”.

If you need help with the registration process (it is a little tricky!), use the menu at the top of the page and find the step-by-step guide.

And if you have any questions, please email us at longlongnightofhope@gmail.com.

Homelessness is not Hopelessness. Be the Hope!