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On November 19, I will give up my bed To sleep outside for one night so that young people have the support they need Covenant House.

The Sleep Out is about so much more than an uncomfortable night's sleep. Everyone deserves a safe place to sleep. And, coming together with the Covenant House community, I will stand in solidarity with young people overcoming homelessness.

This year again is a challenge with COVID, if one young person gets sick they have to quarantine, meaning the other 3 folks in their "pods" have to find other places to go, and the shelter is often full. This is the kind of thing the Cov is dealing with, as if their day to day challenges weren't enough COVID complicates all the things when it comes to keeping youth safe.

With the increase in gun violence in our city we've seen more youth turning to our shelter as a safe place.

Over the 10 years I've been doing this (rained 2x, snowed 2x) I'm hoping for mild :)

I've met youth who have gone form homlessness to college grads, I've also seen youth struggle to get their lives on the right path for years to finally turn it around, I've heard stories from mothers who were at the shelter at one point and continue to bring their kids back for christmas b/c the staff at "the cov" have become their family more than some of their parents. They know their kids will get a toy or two if they can't afford it right now. I'm telling you working with the staff and the youth at the covenant house has completely given me a whole new perspective on how people end up in the positions they are in and the importance of places like the cov.

Covenant House is open 24/7 for young people in need of safe shelter, warm meals, education opportunities, job training, medical services, mental health and substance use counseling, and legal aid. You can be part of the solution for youth overcoming homelessness by making a donation to my Sleep Out.

Click the "Support Me" button above to give.

Thank you for believing that all young people deserve to sleep safely and dream big.