I have accepted Covenant House’s challenge to spend a night sleeping on the street so homeless kids don’t have to.
The Sleep Out is not about pretending to be homeless. It’s an act of solidarity with the 4.2 million young people who experience homelessness each year. It’s a decision that we can’t stay indoors while so many kids remain outside. I first learned about The Sleep Out as part of our coverage of the Broadway community's support for the Covenant House and was so inspired by speaking to the likes of Capathia Jenkins, Stephanie J. Block, Sebastian Arcelus, and the staff at the Covenant House. I decided it's time to actively participate, take action, and create change.
One night can make a difference.
As part of my Sleep Out, I am raising funds and awareness for Covenant House, a shelter for kids experiencing homelessness and trafficking. Covenant House offers these young people so much more than a safe place to sleep - they welcome each kid with absolute respect and unconditional love, and their continuum of care provides essential services to help kids transition from homelessness to independence.
As the Senior Features Editor at Playbill, I strive to always engage and educate our readers. Part of that is shining a light on the numerous organizations and causes supported by the theatre community — making sure the underdog is heard and people know how they can help out. Most of all, I aim to start meaningful conversation, encourage thoughtful people, and create change. What better way to accomplish this than to get in on the ground floor and get a true understanding for what these youth experience while raising awareness and funds for those in need?