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Thank you for a hugely successful event!

Bartow Builders Presents

Cardboard City

October 15 - 24, 2021

Now, more than ever, members in our community need us. And we need you!

Hope House, The Haven, and Habitat for Humanity provide shelter and resources to assist those experiencing homelessness in our community.

Unfortunately, many communities including ours have seen an unprecedented increase in homelessness due to after effects of the pandemic, a lack of affordable and accessible housing, and closing of businesses affecting people’s jobs and childcare.


Join us this year for the hybrid event running virtually from October 15 through October 24, 2021 with an in-person, culminating event at First Presbyterian Church starting at 4:00 P.M. October 23 through 9:00 A.M. October 24, 2021. You can participate at your own location or home and send us your videos on Facebook! Attending the culminating event is optional. See Options listed below.

If you have any questions feel free to
contact Jean at Habitat for Humanity
at 920-683-8466, Lillian at Hope
House at 920-686-1436, or Michael
at The Haven at 920-652-9110.

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A Homeless Experience Event benefiting:

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  • Each participant will recieve a Cardboard City T-shirt. T-shirt sizes of participants will need to be received by October 1, 2021.

  • Donations and pledge forms will need to be marked for Cardboard City and dropped off on or before October 23, 2021.


If you are participating in our Event Night on October 23rd, please sign and bring these forms:

Participate from home and send us your videos

by posting them on our Facebook page!

How to Participate

Your company, business, family, group, or organization can be a part of this event. Your support will help three local non-profits (The Haven, Hope House, and Habitat for Humanity)!

Here’s what you do:

  • Download and fill out the participation form at the top of this page. Or pick up participation forms at any of our three organizations.

  • Collect donations and pledges to support your efforts from your family, friends and neighbors.

  • Option 1: Sleep outside overnight in a cardboard box home, a tent, or in your car at your home, school or work parking lot, campground, etc. between October 15 and October 23, 2021, and upload family-friendly photos and videos of your participation to our Facebook page.

  • Option 2: Sleep outside overnight in a cardboard box home, a tent, or in your car at First Presbyterian Church (502 N. 8th Street in Manitowoc) on October 23, 2021, and hear speakers from our organizations’ programs, live entertainment, food, and community.

  • Mail or drop off completed forms and donations to The Haven at 1003 Marshall Street, Manitowoc, WI 54220. *Please ensure it is labeled for Cardboard City. All proceeds will be divided evenly amongst the 
    three organizations

Become a Sponsor!

Sponsorship Levels

Sponsorship Form

Thank You to our Sponsors

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Friends of Cardboard City

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Braun Building Center

Manitowoc Pharmacies

Shipbuilder's Credit Union

United One Credit Union

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Community Quotes

“I’m not sure what our family would have done if Hope House hadn’t been here to help us. We are extremely grateful and thankful to have received so much help and to have been presented the opportunity to work this amazing program – which not only helped us to achieve and maintain structure and stability within our lives but also presents new opportunities and tools to change and better our futures.”

– Erica and family, former guests of Hope House

“For me Habitat for Humanity is stability where there used to be helplessness.  Habitat builds community through its local volunteers working side by side with my family.  I’ve grown as a person with Habitat, receiving independence and self-advocacy skills, as these are expectations for the homeowners.  They are taught by people in our own community that remain role models and friends. Habitat built strength in our family by having the whole family involved in the building process.  Habitat makes me feel valued. The respect that I am treated with from my Habitat family is the same respect I have brought up both my kids with!  Habitat for Humanity took away the helplessness and replaced it with strength, pride, and an appreciation for my community and a desire to be a part of it!    

- Janet, Habitat Homeowner

“Since leaving the Haven I’ve started a small drywall business, gained full custody of my teenage daughter, and am proud to be a homeowner along with my seriously loving and supportive fiancé. The accountability and hard work ethic that The Haven instilled in my life have changed my life, but more importantly, change my attitude and outlook upon the  world around me.”

- Nate, former guest of The Haven

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