One night without a home is a sleep-out event that allows participants to experience what it is like to be homeless for one evening.
Fundraise and sleep out for the homeless in your community.

Your one night





Officially join The Rescue Mission community by registering for your Sleep Out. You can hold your sleep out on any date you choose, with the final date being November 14. Register by yourself, or get your friends, family, co-workers, and church group involved and register as part of a team. The more people you have on your team the more money you can raise for those in need.



When you register, you will set a fundraising goal. After that, it’s up to you to reach (and surpass) your goal. Never fundraised before? Don’t worry. Once you register you will have your very own fundraising page to help you along! You can share this page on social media or via email.

Plus, if you raise $100 by October 2nd, you earn a special One Night 2020 long sleeve shirt!
Sleep Out


Finally, the “Sleep Out” part of One Night Without A Home! Find a safe and legal place where you can Sleep Out for a night of your choosing. It can be anywhere! Your backyard is a great option.

We have exclusive videos and activity ideas to help make your One Night experience meaningful, but you’re in charge. Make it your own, and make it memorable.

Why sleep out?

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This year over 3,000 people find themselves without a place to call home in our community.

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You can support The Rescue Mission while practicing social distancing.

Families and individuals who are practicing social distancing can have a meaningful experience right in your home. Registered participants can help make a difference in the lives of men, women and children served at The Rescue Mission. Take action to raise critical funds and awareness to meet the immediate needs of these individuals.

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Use #1night20 to share your night!

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Hear from a past Participant

Two years ago it got down to 16 degrees during One Night. Me and the guys on my team were not going to be deterred from sleeping outside. The friends & family who sponsored us expected us to be uncomfortable that night. About 2 am, “uncomfortable” was an understatement. It was only sheer pride that kept me in the cardboard box that night. I knew there were most likely some folks sleeping under the Wells street bridge a block away who didn’t have all the things I had to bare the cold. My resolve for being a small part of the Rescue Mission’s purpose was solidified that night. I appreciate One Night because it’s an uncomfortable experiential opportunity that gives me a very small taste into the life of someone living on the street; the harshness of the cold ground, the limited resources, and the vulnerability of being in a cardboard box downtown out in the elements in the middle of the night. I would love to see more families, young adults, and men’s church groups participate in this. It’s a creative, relevant activity put on by the Rescue Mission that truly ministers to those Jesus refers to as “the least of these.” - Andy Binkley past participant

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How we help

You give up a night,
they get a night

Every dollar you raise as a participant in One Night 2020 goes directly to The Rescue Mission, a non-profit that provides housing, meals, recovery programs and supportive services to men, women and children facing a homeless crisis in Allen County and surrounding counties. By joining in this evening you’re paving the way for someone in need to sleep in a warm, safe bed at The Rescue Mission or Charis House.

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Homeless crisis

Anyone can be affected
by homelessness.

People can find themselves in a homeless crisis for many reasons, from financial issues to abusive home lives. The Rescue Mission actively offers them another option: shelter and safety, love and dignity, and the tools to build a stable future.

Watch these videos of residents the evening of your sleep out to understand the experience a homeless person might have.

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Cardboard Testimony

Amazing Grace: Cardboard Testimony

If you have been a part of One Night Without A Home in the past or been a part of some Rescue Mission event, you hopefully have heard us focus on a few specific statements – The Rescue Mission believes in treating our friends with dignity and respect.The Rescue Mission desires to see Real Change happen in the lives of those...

If you have been a part of One Night Without A Home in the past or been a part of some Rescue Mission event, you hopefully have heard us focus on a few specific statements –

  • The Rescue Mission believes in treating our friends with dignity and respect.
  • The Rescue Mission desires to see Real Change happen in the lives of those we serve.
  • The Rescue Mission believes that lives can only truly be transformed by the Love of Jesus Christ.
  • The Rescue Mission believes that God requires each of us to share His HOPE and His LOVE.

Do you agree with these statements? If so, there is another important thing to remember – because each life matters, their story is worth taking the time to sit and listen to. As we see individuals holding signs on the corner of a street that say “Hungry, need money for food” or “will work for food” and more, what do you think about that person? What do you assume is their “story”? How often do you think negatively about that individual and think, “Why don’t they get a job?” “They are probably an addict – they need to quit using drugs or drinking”, etc… Sometimes, those thoughts are accurate, but there is often so much more to the story than what you think by the sign they are holding. What is the deeper story? What is your story?

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Build a fire

Take time and build a fire as a group or family. Try and build it without a lighter or source of fire. Consider how important having this fire might be each night and how you would feel without the warmth and light it provides.


Jul 30, 2020

One Night Without a Home Ellis' Story

Story of Ellis and his life of overcoming addiction at The Rescue Mission

Sep 09, 2020

One Night Without a Home Ashley's Story

Aug 10, 2020

Amazing Grace: Cardboard Testimony

GRACE is an amazing thing! God’s grace frees us from a past of wrongs, mist...

Aug 10, 2020

"Places" by Shane Koyczan

I was lucky. I found community in Vancouver early on, and when I found myse...

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Raise $100 by October 2nd, and earn an official One Night long sleeve shirt!

Snap a photo and tag us to show your style! #1night20

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    How does One Night Without A Home work?

    Download our how-to guide to find out more


    Need help?

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    Fundraising and web help

    I’ve never fundraised before. How do I do this?

    Fundraising for One Night is designed to be easy. Once you complete registration, you’ll have access to an online fundraising page where friends and family can donate to your One Night. Most of our participants fundraise by posting a short note and link to their online fundraising page on Facebook or Twitter and by sending out emails to friends and family.

    I forgot my username and password to access my One Night page and Participant Dashboard.

    Remember that your username and password are case sensitive. Still not in? Click the “Forgot Password” link under the Log in field and your password will be sent to the email address you have on file.

    If you have any other questions regarding the fundraising page FundEasy, please log in to your account and look at the top white bar on the screen and click “Help”.

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    Donor help

    I want to donate to someone’s One Night fundraiser. How do I find their page?

    Click the give button and in the box with “find a participant” type their name in and you will be able to donate to their page.

    How do I get a receipt for my online donation?

    After you complete your donation, you will receive an email confirmation with a PDF gift form attached. This email is your official gift receipt, and you may print it and save it for your records. If you did not receive a receipt, please email with the name of the participant you supported and we will resend one.

    How do I donate by mail?

    To make a cash or check donation, please print and fill out the One Night Without A Home Offline Donation form. You can mail this form along with your check to: The Rescue Mission ATTN: One Night Without A Home 404 E Washington Blvd Fort Wayne, IN 46802

    Contact us

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    Jamie Gephart

    260-426-7357 ext: 153