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Covenant House strives to be a voice for homeless kids – because they simply can't speak up for themselves. By raising public awareness through the media, we hope to influence community action and government policy on the problem of youth homelessness around the world.


22nd Annual Covenant House Vigil for Homeless Youth

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm

22nd Annual Covenant House Vigil for Homeless Youth

Featuring Performances by Today’s Hottest Broadway Stars

On November 15, 2012, Covenant House will transform New York’s famed Times Square into a center of hope at the 22nd Annual Covenant House Candlelight Vigil for Homeless Kids. “We will march with our kids from the crisis shelter to Times Square, and then our kids will share their stories of courage and determination,” said Covenant House President, Kevin Ryan.

The vigil begins at 6 p.m. at the 45/46 Street and Broadway Pedestrian Plaza, and will also feature award-winning Broadway performers Stephanie Block, Rita Harvey, and Neil Berg. 

Stephanie Block is most well known for her work on the Broadway stage, in numerous musicals such as The Boy from Oz, The Pirate Queen, Wicked, 9 to 5 and Anything Goes. She is slated to play the title role in the Roundabout Theatre Company's 2012 revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood, opening on Broadway in October. She recently dedicated a preview performance of the show to support the homeless youth at Covenant House displaced by Hurricane Sandy.

Rita Harvey recently starred in the role of Hodel in the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof. She made her Broadway debut performing the lead role of Christine Daee in The Phantom of the Opera, after two years performing the role with the second national tour.

She was in the original cast of the revival of Fiddler on the Roof, and she created the role of Lady Edith in the off-Broadway hit musical The Prince and the Pauper. Rita also created the role of Elizabeth in the highly acclaimed concept CD/DVD of Frankenstein the Musical.  She is currently in the cast of the critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway production of "Closer Than Ever" at the York Theatre. She has been a long-time supporter of Covenant House.

Neil Berg is a renowned lyricist and composer whose credits include the Prince and the Pauper and Grumpy Old Men.  He is the creator and co-producer of Neil Berg's "100 Years of Broadway," a Broadway concert that toured over 120 cities in 2010/2011.  He has traveled the country for over a decade organizing and performing at benefits for Covenant House.

The vigil, combined with our Sleep Out: Executive Edition which takes place immediately after, will help transforms the lives of thousands of homeless youth across North America.  

“We are grateful for our friends at Toshiba and ABC/Disney for donating their screens for the evening in Times Square to shine a light on the problems our kids face,” said Ryan.  “Right now we are caring for over 1,000 homeless kids in cities devastated by Hurricane Sandy.  It is all of us working together that will give a voice to the thousands of homeless kids who are alone on the streets.”

You can watch the 22nd Annual Covenant House Vigil LIVE at beginning at 6:00pm EST on November 15th.  

Covenant House provides 24/7 crisis care and on-going support for homeless young people in need of a safe haven.  Assistance can be found by simply calling the Covenant House NINELINE (1-800-999-9999) or visiting More information about Covenant House and resources for homeless youth can be found at

CONTACT: Tom Manning, Covenant House

(212) 727-4920 (office)

(845) 365-0676 (cell)