The Sleep Out Movement is an opportunity for all of us to come together and make a meaningful and lasting impact on the homeless young people who live at Covenant House. The funds raised and awareness raised by Sleep Out participants will allow Covenant House to serve more than 51,000 youth this year.
Young people are changed by every interaction with someone who genuinely cares for them. We see this come true the first morning after a young person has found a bed in our shelter – they stand a little taller, they face the world with more courage, and their dreams become a little more reachable every time they hear, “You can do it,” or “I believe in you.” And the funds raised by Sleep Out participants are put to work immediately, keeping the lights on and the doors open for the next young person brave enough to come inside.
While the Sleep Out involves placing a piece of cardboard and a sleeping bag in a parking lot or along a strip of sidewalk, it is not about pretending to be homeless. It’s about showing a group of kids the kind of unconditional love that ALL children deserve – proving that you care enough to be uncomfortable for one night, to be vulnerable for their sakes.