Boise Rescue Mission Will Host Outdoor Sleepover, Dubbed 'Sleepless in the Valley,' This Summer 

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The Boise Rescue Mission, which operates six facilities in Ada and Canyon counties, including Boise's River of Life men's shelter and the City of Life shelter for women and children, will host what it calls a "compassion to action" event this summer, titled "Sleepless in the Valley."

The event, open to all ages (though anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian) will see participants sleeping outdoors at Meridian Speedway. Participants will be given a cot and offered some cardboard if participants choose to build a makeshift shelter to sleep under. An early morning wake-up and breakfast, similar to a shelter's schedule, will occur at 6 a.m..

Organizers say the event is intended to "bring awareness of homelessness" in the Treasure Valley.

Sleepless in the Valley will take place on the night of Friday, June 15, beginning at 5 p.m., and the cost to participate is $25 per person until Wednesday, May 15, and $30 thereafter. Registration is available by clicking here.

The Boise Rescue Mission is the largest nonprofit provider of services to men, women and children without a home in Idaho. In 2018, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said Idaho had an estimated 2,012 persons experiencing homelessness on any given day. Of that number, 209 were family households, 214 were veterans, 115 were unaccompanied young adults and 324 were experiencing chronic homelessness.
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