Hope Haven campaign pays for one night at a time

DeKALB – The executive director of Hope Haven is hoping for another successful Night by Night campaign to provide funding for services.

The ninth annual Night by Night campaign kicks off this month and continues throughout the year, said Lesly Wicks, Hope Haven’s executive director.

The campaign focuses on donations in $20 increments, with donors indicating how many nights of shelter they’d like to sponsor. It costs about $20 a night per person to cover food, shelter and support services at Hope Haven.

About $30,000 is raised each year through the campaign.

Wicks called it an accessible way for the community to help the shelter. Schools, businesses, churches and families have contributed in the past.

Although Hope Haven receives more than $100,000 in private donations each year, additional money helps. The fundraising is crucial this year because of an expanded facility and state cuts. Hope Haven is facing a 52 percent cut in state funding, Wicks said.

Dawn Littlefield, executive director of Kishwaukee United Way, said Hope Haven is a recipient of United Way funding, but that money doesn’t sustain the shelter.

“Campaigns like this are a source of outreach for them,” she said.

Last year, Hope Haven provided 24,000 nights of shelter and 34,000 meals, Wicks said. With the expansion, the shelter will provide an additional 10,000 nights of shelter and serve an additional 30,000 meals.

Wicks said people want to know what they’re getting for their donations, and Hope Haven is able to show them. Twenty dollars covers food and shelter, counseling and life skills training.

“I think it gives them a visual of what their money provides,” she said.

How to donate

Donations to the Night by Night campaign can be sent to Hope Haven, 1145 Rushmoore Drive, DeKalb, IL 60115. Call 815-758-3166 for more information. Find Hope Haven on Facebook by searching “Hope Haven of DeKalb County.”

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