Delta Sleeps Out
Delta Air Lines continues to make a deep impact in the lives of children and youth facing homelessness and human trafficking, and last month held its first Delta Sleep Out with Covenant House at the airline’s Atlanta headquarters.
“Giving back is core to our culture here at Delta,” Stephanie Asbury, Delta vice president for Global Talent Management, Diversity and Engagement and Covenant House board member, told the more than 100 employees who assembled in the headquarters parking lot. “We are committed to being a strong corporate partner and giving back to the communities where we live, work, and serve. We are so proud of our partnership with Covenant House and are thrilled to bring events like the Sleep Out to all employees at Delta.”
The event coincided with Covenant House’s nationwide Sleep Out America on Nov. 22, a night of awareness building and fundraising to support our sanctuaries and programs for young people facing homelessness and human trafficking. Delta was the national presenting sponsor of Sleep Out America in 2018 and 2019.
In the days leading up to the Delta Sleep Out, dozens of the airline’s employees also slept out in five cities across the United States in Covenant House’s Sleep Out: Executive Edition. A handful of New York-based employees who couldn’t make it to Atlanta on Nov. 22, held their own Sleep Out with Covenant House at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Altogether, Delta personnel raised more than $295,000 for the young people in Covenant House’s care.
“We are so grateful for our partnership with Delta,” said Kevin Ryan, Covenant House International president and CEO. “Delta leaders and employees engage with us every day, helping to improve the lives of thousands of youth. They see our kids for the talented, amazing people they are and recognize the potential our young people have to rise—like one of Delta’s own jets—from their circumstances to a far better future,” he said.
Kevin flew to Atlanta for the Delta Sleep Out and proudly introduced a young man who was a recent resident at Covenant House Georgia. Tony, now 22, once had nowhere to sleep but a hard bench in an Atlanta railway station. One day, as he got up from the bench to go to work, he saw a flyer for Covenant House. He called, and that evening, found himself in a warm, safe bed.
He took advantage of every program at Covenant House to build his future—including the Delta Career Readiness program. Delta launched the program two years ago at Covenant House sites in Atlanta, New York, and Los Angeles. Led completely by Delta employees, the program equips youth—like Tony--with the tools and skills they need for a successful career at Delta and elsewhere.
“When I first got hired by Delta Air Lines, it was surreal,” Tony says. “The first time I put on a uniform to actually go out there and work, it was pretty awesome. I would say it’s definitely a great place to work.”
Next year, Delta will bring the Career Readiness program to Covenant House sites in Detroit and Mexico City, extending its already deep impact on the lives of young people courageously working to overcome homelessness and human trafficking at Covenant House.