Night In A Car

March 22, 2024

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A homelessness simulation that shines a spotlight on the hidden aspect of homelessness that many in our community experience–living in their cars. Participants will “live” out of their cars during the overnight hours. Register as a team or as an individual, and set your own fundraising goal.


This overnight event begins Friday, March 22, at 7 pm until Saturday the 23rd at 8 am. The simulation will be done “drive-in” style at Faith United Methodist Church in Bellefonte – 512 Hughes St. The church will be open for bathroom breaks and coffee. The entire night will be spent in your vehicles.

If you prefer, you also have the option to “zoom-in” and join us online from your own driveway. It’s a great way to experience the event without leaving home! Challenge your family members and friends to join you.


Your participation helps those in need right here in Centre County. When you reach your fundraising goal, you and all of your supporters help to provide support towards monthly rent for one single-mother-led family. That then allows that family to gain stability and begin to initiate steps toward ending the cycle of family homelessness and poverty. You help provide others the opportunity to a fresh start!

Check out what our past volunteers had to say about participating. Make an impact and challenge yourself, family, and friends today!

“You don’t know what it’s really like until you experience it.”

“We do this so that nobody HAS to do what we are CHOOSING to do.”

“This really drives empathy for those who experience homelessness.” 

(quotes from participants at a Night In A Car event from one of our sister Bridge of Hope locations.)

Meet the Teams!


  1. No alcoholic beverages or illegal substances.
  2. No candles or open flames.
  3. Have a full tank of gas.
  4. Dress warmly. Bring blankets and flashlights. Participants are advised to bring plenty of blankets and wear extra socks, gloves, and hats.
  5. Come inside to warm up as needed.
  6. Restrooms and refreshments, including snacks and hot beverages, will be provided throughout the event.
  7. Security volunteers will make rounds of the parking lot every 30 minutes.

Participant Milestones!


Promotional Materials for Download (coming soon)


6:30 – 7:30pm        Arrive, check in, set up

7:30 – 8:30pm        Program – watch and participate Live on Facebook,
(introduction of teams, testimonial from a recent participant, online quiz, what the year ahead looks like for BOHCC, etc.)

8:30 – 11:00pm      Get more food/snacks as wanted. Hot drinks will be available in the church lobby. Don’t forget to post your car selfies on our Facebook page in order to win a prize!

11:00 – 5:30am       Church will be open all night to come in to get warm, get drinks, use bathrooms as needed. A volunteer will always be awake in case you need anything.

5:30 – 6:30am         Hot drinks, juice, donuts, and fruit will be available for breakfast.

6:30 – 7:30am         Debriefing. Share your thoughts about your Night In A Car experience. We will have prompts for reflection and discussion in your car packs. We will close out the event with a prayer.

7pm – 7am               Document your experience and share with your circle of influence! Take photos, notice how you & your kids feel, and post (along with your donation link!) to social media or in emails.

Thank you to our Night In A Car 2024 event sponsors!


And thank you to the following stores for donating items for our event:


Night In A Car