Our Mission

How does Covenant House help homeless kids?

For millions of homeless kids, basic needs like a hearty meal, warm bed, and safe shelter are true luxuries. Instead of knowing the joys of childhood, homeless kids face the life-or-death dangers of living on the streets. Covenant House was founded more than 40 years ago with the mission to serve these young people with absolute respect and unconditional love.

Today, Covenant House is the largest privately-funded agency in the Americas providing food, shelter, immediate crisis care, and essential services to homeless youth in 30 cities in 6 countries.

Executive Edition

But we don’t stop at offering an immediate safe harbor. We strive to move each young person forward down the path to an independent adulthood, free from the risk of future homelessness. Every young person receives individual attention from caring staff and volunteers who are ready to lend a hand up to a better opportunity.

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What is Sleep Out?

The Sleep Out Movement is an opportunity for all of us to come together and make an immediate and lasting impact on the homeless young people who live at Covenant House.

While the Sleep Out does include taking a piece of cardboard and a sleeping bag into a parking lot or along a strip of sidewalk, the Sleep Out is not about pretending to be homeless. It’s about showing a group of kids unconditional love and absolute respect - proving that you care enough about them to be uncomfortable for one night, to be vulnerable so they can be safe.

The funds raised by Sleep Out participants are put to work immediately, keeping the lights on and the doors open for the thousands of kids who will seek help this year.

Our kids are changed by every interaction with someone who cares, and their dreams become a little more reachable every time they hear, “you can do it. I believe in you.” The Sleep Out offers every participant the chance to be someone who cares. Join the Movement.