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Gimme Shelter 2018

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Name: Gimme Shelter 2018
Date: January 19, 2018 - January 20, 2018
Event Description:
Gimme Shelter is an event hosted by the South Side Office of Concern (SSOC) to raise awareness of the challenges faced by those in our community without homes and to give our citizens an opportunity to help in the fight to end homelessness in Central Illinois.  The event will be held on the evening of January 19, 2018.  Community members will raise funds for the “privilege” of spending the night, from 6:00 pm in the evening until 6:00 am the next morning, outside in a cardboard box. 

Participants will come from all walks of life.  Elected officials, community and religious leaders, media personalities, business people, students, grandparents, moms and dads will all come together for one winter night on the streets of downtown Peoria.   The event will also feature educational presentations focused around the topic of homelessness and the challenges it poses for our society.

Gimme Shelter will bring our community together, raise awareness of the plight of those with nowhere to call home, and provide a powerful opportunity to learn more about homelessness.  Participants will experience a bit of what it might be like to be outside, overnight, in the coldest part of a Central Illinois winter.  Proceeds from Gimme Shelter will benefit the South Side Office of Concern and support homeless outreach services and permanent supportive housing to end homelessness in our community.

Be a part of this exciting, unique event!
 Gimme Shelter requirese the support and partnership of many individuals and organizations in our 
 community.  You can be a part of Gimme Shelter:
·    By Registering to be a Participant
·    By Pledging to Support a Participant
·    By Contributing Goods and Services
·    As a Sponsor
·    As a Volunteer
For more Information:  Contact Kristen Berchtold at 309/222-2751 or

Event Media:
Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Avenue, Peoria
Date/Time Information:
Friday, January 19, at 6:00 pm - Saturday, January 20 at 6:00 am.
Contact Information:
Kristen Berchtold Phone:309/222-2751

There is no fee to register for Gimme Shelter.  However, we ask that each participant set a goal of raising $1,000.

It's easy to get started:
1. Register online at
2. Create your own personal fundraising  webpage.  Once you register, we’ll guide you step-by-step through the process - it’s easy to do.  
3. Spread the word and invite your friends, family, and colleagues to support your efforts with donations
4. Be a part of a night you won’t forget!



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