Hurdles to Housing bingo card challenge

 Homelessness is a reality for many individuals and families. But unless you've experienced it for yourself, it may be difficult to truly understand the complexity and pressures that come along with it. 

That's why we've created Hurdles to Housing, a 30-day, team-based immersion experience designed to promote awareness, increase understanding, inspire local change, and transform perspectives about homelessness in Lebanon County. 'Hurdles to Housing' is not a game, but rather a self-guided challenge that we hope will lead to reflection on homelessness.  All proceeds will benefit the LCCM FRESH Start Emergency Shelter & Resource Center, which provides homeless families and individuals the resources and training needed to empower personal sustainability while providing a safe place to sleep. FRESH Start is the only family-based shelter in Lebanon County that can accommodate any type of family, whether it be a single parent and children, married couples with children, couples, and even some individuals.  

 Hurdles to Housing will begin Wednesday, July 21 and end Friday, Aug. 20. See below for details on how to participate!

Thank you to our sponsors Woodland Contractors, UGI, Custom Die Services and Sonrise Tags & Tax!


Support LCCM by purchasing a $10 meal that consists of a delicious pulled pork sandwich, baked mac and cheese, fried corn on the cob and coleslaw. Pick up is Friday, Aug. 20 at Church of the Good Shepherd, 1500 Quentin Road, Lebanon. Get your tickets here. 


Your bingo card contains a 'poverty simulator' space. You must register here to participate in that event. 

How Hurdles to Housing works:

Step 1: Print out or download the Hurdles to Housing BINGO-style card and the corresponding directions:

Hurdles to Housing BINGO-style card and directions (the photo is also found below)

Each participant or group will receive the Hurdles to Housing bingo-style card.

Your mission is to raise funds and get BINGO (vertically, horizontally or diagonally) in 30 days or less, ending Friday evening, Aug. 20. We are hoping to collectively raise $5,000 this year, which will cover the cost of operating our shelter for one month! Teams that raise funds will be entered into a raffle to win a prize at the end of the 30 days. As you read over the card and the corresponding informational sheet, some of these spaces are asking you to do some challenging things that may be uncomfortable – and that’s the point. This is the day-to-day reality faced by many of our FRESH Start shelter guests before, during and sometimes even after their stay until they secure stable housing and are financially secure.  You can get a friend, family member, co-worker, etc. to sponsor you and/or your group to complete tasks to raise funds for the FRESH Start Emergency Shelter and Resource Center. If you’re working as a team, each member can have their own card, or you can work as a team off of one card. This is totally up to you!

Step 2: Set up peer-to-peer fundraising page

Remember how we said people can sponsor you for each task that you complete? Well, this is where they can contribute to help you raise funds. Setting up a page can be done in a few easy steps in a matter of minutes by clicking on the 'become a fundraiser' button above. Don’t forget to add a photo, a bio of yourself and why you’re passionate about helping the cause, and you can even set a goal! You will be able to see all participant pages and a leaderboard to see who is in the lead.

Need help setting it up? Email Andrea at [email protected] and she will help you! You can collect donations online OR offline. Just let Andrea know if there are any forthcoming offline donations arriving at LCCM and she will associate those donations with your fundraising page! 

Alternatively, head over to our Facebook page and click 'donate' to start your own fundraising page on Facebook! Just be sure to name your fundraiser 'Hurdles to Housing'! 


Step 3: You have 30 days to get bingo!

Starting Wednesday, July 22, you can work independently or with your team/family to complete a row vertically, horizontally, or diagonally. You are encouraged to even fill multiple rows or a whole card!


Step 4: Share your progress!

Share your progress with us by taking photos and video, sharing statistics provided or any other creative way to get the word out to your friends and family about what you’re doing and learning on social media or via email. Use hashtag #LCCMHurdlestoHousing on Facebook or Instagram!


Step 5: Submit your cards to be entered into a raffle

If you filled a row, your card will be entered into a raffle for a $50 family-night-out prize! If you filled an entire card, your card will be entered to win a $150 family night out prize! Submit your cards to Andrea at [email protected] by Friday, Aug. 20 at 5 pm. LCCM staff will pull names from the raffle and will call you if you are the winner!  Winners will be notified via email or phone.

Hurdles to Housing BINGO card

Print out the corresponding directions here.