Thousands of young people in New Orleans have no safe place to lay their heads at night. Neglected, abused, and exploited - they are all good kids who deserve a chance. Most suffer from severe trauma following years of physical and/or sexual abuse - and exposure to the violence of the streets. Basic needs like a hearty meal and a warm bed are true luxuries. Covenant House is their safe haven, offering safe shelter and wrap-around services, including education and job training, so they can move forward to an adulthood free of poverty and the threat of homelessness.
Covenant House is on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic, serving as the last line of defense for our community's most vulnerable youth. Many of our young people have compromised immune systems. Besides fear of the disease itself, our residents are also fearful of their economic futures; over 85% lost their jobs in the first weeks of the pandemic. Their resilience is remarkable; but in this time of extraordinary crisis, they need your support more than ever.
With your help, we will continue to keep our doors open 24/7. We will never close our doors to a young person in need. Thank you for believing in them - and in the promise of their futures.
Due to the pandemic, we understand that many of our supporters are not able to participate in-person. This year, we are happy to provide a "virtual" option. Registered sleepers will have the option to view the entire program via an online stream. A limited number of sleepers will be allowed on-site (in accordance with City regulations), with the bulk of the program held outdoors in Armstrong Park (Congo Square). Click here for more information and feel free to contact us with any questions.
You can make a difference for homeless kids.
When you Sleep Out - it means our kids don’t have to. Sleeping Out is your chance to show them you care. All the funds you raise are put to work immediately - providing food, clothing, shelter, medical & behavioral healthcare, individual & family counseling, job readiness training & placement, educational support, life skills development, short & long-term housing, and more. Last November, we were caring for 162 youth and children. Now, in the midst of the pandemic, we are averaging 220 young people in our care - and expect this number to rise to over 250. By sleeping out, you will show them they are not alone.
Date: November 19th, 2020