The Sleep Out is an annual fundraiser for the Covenant House to raise critical lifesaving funds to give kids safe shelter and opportunity, and unite your community against youth homelessness
The Sleep Out is not about pretending to be homeless. We Sleep Out to show our solidarity with those who are homeless and to let the world know about the ever-growing population of young people who face homelessness. There's more to Sleep Out than a night without a mattress. Sleep Out raises critical funds to help Covenant House provide 24/7 shelter, sanctuary, and support to youth overcoming homelessness.
During the Sleep Out, participants are asked to give up their beds for one night. The evening begins with a program highlighting the journeys of youth who have been or are currently part of the Covenant House. Staff provides overview of the many programs and services that the Covenant House provides. Teams are celebrated for their fundraising milestones. At the end of the program, participants (otherwise known as "Sleepers") adjourn outside for the Sleep Out. Once outside, Sleepers use only a piece of cardboard and a sleeping bag for the night.
In the morning, it's a time of reflection and shared community. Teams come together in the morning virtually to share their key take-aways and experiences.
As a Sleeper, you are a fundraiser and advocate helping to keep the lights on and the doors open for young people seeking shelter. And your night of solidarity sends a powerful message to our youth that they are not alone.