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There are three easy steps to create a Sleep Out. Watch our video tutorial or use the checklist below. For questions on any step, email [email protected].



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Sleeper Testimonials

Leah in New Jersey: 

“I decided to Sleep Out for my Bat Mitzvah project. I thought it would be cool to do something to help other kids my age who aren’t as lucky as I am. I asked a few friends to join me and we learned a lot by reading stories from kids who had been homeless and watching the videos on the Sleep Out website. Sleep Out taught us about how and why kids end up homeless and without a bed to sleep in. The night we slept out was actually really fun. It was cold but we bundled up in our sleeping bags and had a great time."

Amanda in Delaware:

“I created a Sleep Out with my daughter and her Girl Scout troop. We were clear to the girls that we weren’t pretending to be homeless, and we talked a lot about what Covenant House does for homeless youth. But we also wanted them to learn that it feels good to give back, so we made it a fun experience by wearing fun pajamas and playing games. The girls got a lot out of it and so did I.”

James in Massachusetts:

“Our group slept out on our back porch. We fundraised together with a bake sale and I got other donations from my family and friends by using the website. We raised over $3,000! I didn’t expect it to be so fun and I’m really happy we did it.”

Eric in California:

“I signed up to Sleep Out by myself. It was something meaningful for me to do around the holiday time for those less fortunate than me. Even though I was alone that night, the Sleep Out community made me feel a part of something bigger. I was able to read stories, and see videos of other people sleeping out, and I felt part of a larger movement of people who were all showing support for youth without homes.”

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