Executive Edition : WASHINGTON

Business Leaders
Sleeping Outside
in Washington
So Homeless Youth Don't Have To.

Why We’re Sleeping Out in Washington, DC

Last year in the Greater DC Region, 57% of homeless young people spent at least one day every month without food, 49% lacked high school diploma or GED, 84% were unemployed upon admission to Covenant House Washington, and 64% report history of physical and/or sexual abuse. Covenant House Washington responds to these unsettling statistics by opening doors of opportunity, safety and refuge for a most vulnerable population of homeless, disconnected, and at-risk young people. Last year alone Covenant House Washington provided over 53,000 meals to hungry young people and their children in need of food, housing and sanctuary to 409 young people and their children through our residential programs, and educational, work readiness and employment supports to 227 young people . Nearly 30% of the nation’s capital’s GEDs earned by 18-24 year olds were achieved through Covenant House Washington’s Work Readiness and Education Training (WRET) program. Still, the needs of this often neglected, yet courageous, population of young people is ever present and growing.

On November 20th, executives, young professionals, political and civic leaders, will participate in our Annual Candlelight Vigil and Sleep Out at Freedom Plaza, a most fitting location, as an act of solidarity to address the serious issues surrounding youth homelessness. These leaders will raise significant awareness and funds on behalf of Covenant House Washington and mission of transforming the lives of young people in need. This year’s Sleep Out: Executive Edition marks the 20th year anniversary of Covenant House Washington’s presence and impact in the Greater DC Region. We are honoring this historic time by joining forces with local partners and change makers to make this Sleep Out an epic demonstration of our commitment and service to the homeless and disconnected young people of our region. This date also falls in line with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, adding greater significance and impact to this important effort.

Join Us on November 20, 2014

You, too, can be a part of this international movement to help kids off the street. Commit to fundraise. Reserve a sleeping bag. Let your life be touched by a young person who has much to share. Join us this November.

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Event News

  • On November 20, 78 brave individuals headed outside into a Atlanta night with sleeping bags and cardboard to serve as their beds. They lay on the sidewalks of the city, looking up at the Covenant House building where 74 young people were safe and warm inside. Together, these men and women raised more than $153,000 to continue the vital work of Covenant House Georgia.
  • As seen on Good Morning America, the Sleep Out Movement is sweeping the nation. Watch and share this special interview with Robin Roberts featuring Kevin Ryan, Rick Van BenSchoten and one of our young people, Nigeria. Rick is a Board member and longtime supporter who has slept out every year since 2011 and most recently hosted a Corporate Edition on October 23 with his colleagues at Lenox Advisors Inc. Thank you Robin, Rick and everyone who made this possible for us!

  • Hunger and homelessness do not have to be the norm! Covenant House is proud to take part in National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, which exists to break through stereotypes, educate, assist important service providers, and change the futures of those trapped in a life of poverty. By Sleeping Out in 15 cities across North America this November, executives and community leaders are doing their part too. #NHHAW

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