Over 1,000 Executives across the U.S. and Canada to Sleep on Streets for Homeless Youth
On November 16th in 18 cities across the United States and Canada, over 1,100 executives will sleep on the streets with the goal of raising awareness and over $6 million for homeless youth at Covenant House.
“These amazing Executive Edition Sleep Out participants will sleep out in solidarity with our kids so that all young people can be protected, be safe, go to school, find jobs, find long-term housing,” said Covenant House President Kevin Ryan, who will be sleeping on the street outside the Covenant House facility in New York City.
The Executive Sleep Out effort will be augmented this year by the first-ever Sleep Out America effort, in which people from coast to coast will step out of their homes to sleep outside to benefit Covenant House.
“More people are signing up every day to sleep out in their backyards, with their community or church groups, and with co-workers," said Ryan. “People from all walks of life from all across the country have signed up to sleep out to raise money and awareness to the tragic fact that in the year 2017, there are thousands of children living and dying on the streets of America.”
“Our goal for the Executive Sleep out, and our Sleep Out America campaign, is not to pretend we are homeless,” said Tony and Grammy Award-winning performer and Covenant House board member Audra McDonald. “The goal is to raise money that goes directly for food, clothing, shelter, medical attention, education, job training, and short and long-term housing for homeless kids.”
“Our goal is nothing less than to end youth homelessness,” said Ryan. “We have a lot of work to do on a lot of fronts, but there is no reason that children should be homeless on the streets. I dream of the day we can close Covenant House because our shelters are no longer necessary … and our Sleep Out movement makes that a little closer to reality. The funds raised on November 16th will literally save thousands of lives.”
We are grateful to our National Sponsor, Delta Air Lines, and our Premier Sponsor, Edrington, for helping us build our movement to help more homeless young kids.
"Delta is proud to be the National Sleep Out Sponsor for Sleep Out: Executive Edition," said Tad Hutcherson, VP Community Engagement at Delta Air Lines. "We are honored to be participating in Atlanta, Detroit, New York City, Los Angeles, Fort Lauderdale, and Toronto. Delta employees volunteer throughout the year with the youth at Covenant House, and we are humbled to be part of this fantastic movement to help homeless and trafficked young people build their futures."
We are fortunate to have companies represented in more than one city to help our kids get off the street. This year the National Corporate Teams include: Accenture, Aon, Cisco, Delta Air Lines, Morgan Stanley, and Toll Brothers.
Candlelight vigils will also be held across the country to support homeless youth. In New York City, a Vigil will be held in Times Square at the Broadway and 43rd/44th Street Pedestrian Plaza and will feature inspirational performances by Broadway stars.
The Vigil will also feature formerly homeless youth bravely sharing their stories of hope, and will be emceed by Good Day New York’s Rosanna Scotto.
Media are invited to the Covenant House Vigil in Times Square from 6 pm to 7 pm on November 16th, and at the Covenant House Sleep Out at 460 West 41st Street from 7 pm until 7 am the following morning.
For more information about the Covenant House Executive Sleep Out, Sleep Out America, and The Covenant House Vigil on November 16th please click here