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Sat Apr 28, 2018 05:00 PM - Sun Apr 29, 2018 07:30 AM


St. Joseph's Catholic Church43 Gebhardt RoadPenfield, NY 14534
Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (RAIHN)


Car City Carnival is RAIHN’s major fundraiser and will be held April 28th to 29th at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Penfield. Participants will raise a registration fee plus pledges to benefit RAIHN. The evening program will include an interactive poverty simulation in which participants will explore the barriers and journeys of families experiencing homelessness. There will also be a dinner, carnival, and an overnight lock-in, where kids will have the opportunity to spend the night in their cars or in the church gym.

Sleeping in cars is an actual reality for many families in Rochester, and Car City gives the community an opportunity to learn about family homelessness in a meaningful, hands-on way. Last year’s Car City raised $18,950. Thanks to generous donors like you, RAIHN was able to provide shelter, meals, counseling, support, and assistance in securing safe, affordable housing for many of those families living in poverty.

The need for emergency shelter for families with children in Rochester continues to be critical. Since 2004, the Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (RAIHN) has addressed this need by serving 423 families, including 772 children. RAIHN provides 14 beds for homeless families in a cost-efficient way, with 42 member congregations utilizing over 1,700 trained volunteers.

Please consider joining us for Car City Carnival 2018 in order to raise both public awareness to the issue of homelessness and much-needed funds for RAIHN’s continued operation. Families with kids and youth groups can sign up as a team and raise funds together. For more information, visit the Car City 2018 website and sign up!


  • Child Welfare
  • Child Care
  • Youth Services

Good Match For

Kids Teens Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 11
  • Sign up for volunteer shifts or help raise money!

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