Why am I SleepingOut on April 21?
Last Spring, I slept out on the street to raise money for the Covenant House Mother & Child Crisis center and I learned a lot.
I heard stories from kids who slept on subway trains, in an elevator shaft, on rooftops, even in the woods. Kids who really had no choice – they had fled abusive homes or homes with sick or deceased parents and grandparents. They tried to fend for themselves in an environment where they were vulnerable to drug dealers and sex traffickers. And I cannot imagine how a 17 or 18 year old with a toddler in tow manages those logistics–where does she find diapers, food, and medicine, let alone children’s clothes, shoes and blankets?
But I also heard stories about how Covenant House changed kids’ lives. Short term, Covenant House gives homeless kids food, shelter, safety. Longer term, they provide guidance and a support system that leads kids to education, jobs and housing. The success stories I heard were so inspiring.
I volunteer once a month at the Covenant House Mother & Child Crisis Center, which is dedicated to helping homeless mothers and their children. But this sleep out is my chance to go further and ask for your help. Please contribute generously to help this worthy cause.