What is it like to be homeless? On June 20 people across the country gave up their beds to raise awareness about and experience family homelessness. It was also a way to be in solidarity with families who experience homelessness. Thank you to all those who participate in a Night Without a Bed last Saturday. Amy Gapinski shares her reflection of her experience. Thanks, Amy!

“Last night I participated in #NightWithoutABed for Family Promise of Waukesha County. I tucked myself into the passenger seat of my car, with my pillows, and soft blanket, and my tablet with my latest binge on Netflix playing. I was safe in my own driveway, with the house light shining on me (I am afraid of the dark). I couldn’t sleep. I was uncomfortable. I had to use the restroom in the middle of the night. I can’t imagine my whole family in there with me. There was probably room for 2, but then add clothes, and miscellaneous stuff. Where could we even lay down?  Where would we park? And, what if someone had to use the restroom in the middle of the night?!! Or got sick?


I did this last night to bring awareness to others about homelessness, but it also gave me more awareness of what families have to endure…but so much more than curled up with Netflix in my paid for car, in a safe driveway, in a cul de sac, outside of town.”

During a Night Without A Bed, Joe Nettesheim and his family went shopping for dinner. They limited themselves to $10. How does one provide a meal for a family of three while living in your car? Watch and find out.