What: Kickoff Rally for the 15th annual Sleep Out, Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners’ annual housing campaign. The campaign goal is $1.8 million, which will enable IOCP to respond to 900 families at risk of losing their housing in the coming year.

The rally will include short videos, audience interviews, and activities for all ages, including a Flurry Zone cash cube. The folk group Tapestry, from Wayzata Community Church, will provide music. Free food—guacamole and chips, Dilly Bars, s’mores, rice krispie bars, popcorn, coffee, hot cider, water—and Meal Deals for $5 will be available. At 8 p.m., after the rally, the movie “The Pursuit of Happyness” (PG-13) will be shown FREE on a large inflatable screen at the park, followed by a community sleep out.

When: Saturday, Nov. 13, 6-8 p.m.

Where: Klapprich Park, 300 E. Wayzata Blvd., Wayzata

Who: Sleep Out founder Bob Fisher
IOCP Executive Director LaDonna Hoy
IOCP Board Chair Fred Hegele
KARE 11’s Kim Insley, emcee

Groups sleeping out following the Kickoff Rally and movie:

9 area banks: Anchor Bank, Business Bank, Center National Bank, Flagship Bank, M&I Bank, Signature Bank, TCF Bank, US Bank, Wells Fargo

Church youth groups: St. Barnabas Lutheran, St. Bart’s Catholic, Plymouth Presbyterian, Unitarian Universalist of Minnetonka, Wayzata Community Church

IOCP Board of Directors

Why: Funds raised are used to provide emergency housing assistance and services that will stabilize families long-term, and to pursue affordable housing development projects. During the 14-year history of the Sleep Out Campaign, about 3,200 community members—including individuals, businesses, churches, youth and civic groups—have raised more than $12 million.

How: To donate to the Sleep Out, go to www.iocp.org/donate
Begun in 1979, IOCP is a community-based nonprofit that changes the odds for families and individuals living in Hamel, Long Lake, Medicine Lake, Medina, Minnetonka Beach, Orono, Plymouth, and Wayzata. IOCP provides direct assistance and connects people with life-changing opportunities and resources. In addition to a food shelf, IOCP addresses five areas of greatest need: housing, employment, child care, transportation, and community connections. For more information, go to www.iocp.org.