Box City drives the homeless point home


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Rain hampered the Box City event this year.They may have gotten wet at Box City held April 1 at The Church at Viera, but that may have helped spread the message among the 250 attendees about the challenges of family homelessness aided by Family Promise of Brevard.

“It was a stormy night and it rained briefly. Even after the rain and things were wet and it wasn’t all that comfortable, we still had about 60 folks spend the night with us,” said Doug Holton, board chairman at Family Promise of Brevard, which became operational in 2013.

Family Promise of Brevard has the support of 24 church congregations, 13 of which host families with the other supporting in various ways such as hosting a box city event, he said.

“It was a great opportunityto make the community aware of family homelessness,” he said.

Experts estimate there are 1,900 homeless kids in Brevard, he said.

“We were ecstatic that The Church at Viera invited us in and let us hold the event. We were happy by the attendance, but we always want more. We would have liked to see a thousand families out there,” he said.

Future changes to the box city event could allow for fundraising teams, he said.

For more information, go to familypromiseofbrevard.org.