Everything you need to know about the Sleep Out

Schedule: November 15th, 2018
7:00 PM - Arrive for registration & tours
8:30pm - Testimonials & round-table discussions
10:30pm - Keynote
11:00pm - Sleep Out
6:00am - Light breakfast, reflections, departure

Location: Covenant House New Orleans
611 N. Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 70112

Event Coordinator: Rich Arnold | Jim Kelly
Phone: 504-584-1141 | 504-584-1102
Email: rarnold@covenanthouse.org | jkelly@covenanthouse.org

Click here to view our Event Brochure


Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to participate in the Sleep Out?
Participants in the Sleep Out must:

  • Be at least 23 years of age;
  • Be committed to the mission and spirit of this event; and   
  • Raise at least $500 (new sleepers) or $1,000 (returning sleepers) in support of homeless youth, using the online portal provided.

What is expected of each participant?
Sleepers are expected to approach the event with an open heart, an open mind, and a willingness to work hard for something outside of your comfort zone. All participants are required to fundraise before the event, but you’re not on your own. Our team provides a personal webpage and all the coaching, materials, and support you need to help you reach your goal.

I want to Sleep Out. What’s my next step?
Register online to reserve your sleeping bag, or contact us at rarnold@covenanthouse.org or 504-584-1141.

Why do I have to fundraise? And how much do I need to raise?
The Sleep Out is a unique experience that we hope encourages awareness, empathy, and understanding for the immeasurable odds that homeless young people overcome. But while awareness of a problem is important, it isn’t a solution.

We ask Sleep Out participants to raise critical funds that allow Covenant House to offer safety, shelter, and support to homeless young people 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  By fundraising, Sleep Out participants become part of the solution for homeless young people.

New sleepers are encouraged to set a goal of $1,000 ($500 minimum). Returning sleepers are encouraged to set a goal of $2,000 ($1,000 minimum). We know you can do it - our sleepers raised an average of $3,000 last year! Getting started is as easy as sending an email - and our team is available every step of the way to help.

Will I be safe?
Safety is our first and foremost concern, whether it is for the young people we serve or for supporters at events. We take all necessary precautions to ensure you are safe at the Sleep Out. We will have four police officers on location from 6:00 pm-7:00 am.

Can a friend or family member Sleep Out with me?
Yes, so long as they meet the eligibility requirements listed above and register for the event in advance. If you want, you can even create a team page and invite friends, family, and co-workers to join (just remember that all attendees must be registered).

What should I bring?
We suggest you bring weather-appropriate layers of clothing, personal toiletries and medications, and a smartphone (if you use one). Please also bring a sleeping bag from home (we will have extras available).

What should I leave at home?
Please, no airbeds or air mattresses; we will provide cardboard. We recommend that you limit unnecessary valuables for your own piece of mind. We also ask that you refrain from bringing alcohol.

I received some donations in cash and checks. What do I do with them?
You can add cash or check donations to your page through your Participant Dashboard. Once logged into your account, hover over the “Donations” icon in the black menu at the top of your screen and click the option to “Add an Offline Donation.”  Scroll down to find and complete the Offline Donation Form. Once all the information is entered (please be as complete as possible!), click the button to “Add Donation” at the bottom of the form.

Once you have entered the gift, you can either bring the donations with you to the Sleep Out or mail to our office (please include your name and "Sleep Out" in the memo line):

Covenant House New Orleans
Attn: Sleep Out 
611 N. Rampart Street
New Orleans, LA 70112

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