For the second time, I will sleep outside, on the pavement, for one night in solidarity with homeless youth.
During this evening, I will barely scratch the surface of understanding what our young people, the young people I am honored to work alongside everyday at the Cov, go through, to find safety and shelter from the streets, and most importantly, home.
At The Cov, we are trying to do something about this. We provide supportive services to help our youth, ages 18-24, to turn their lives around. In addition to a warm bed, a roof over their head, and food in their stomach, we are open 24/7, 365 days a year, providing street outreach services, a 90-day shelter (referred to as our "Safe Haven"), transitional living facilities, medical services, mental health services, educational and job skills programs. And, most importantly, we are providing community – by accepting our youth - JUST AS THEY ARE, as soon as they enter our doors. That perhaps is the most healing piece of what we do.
I’m choosing to do this. Those sleeping out with me are going to hear our youth's stories, and learn how they’re making new lives for themselves at Covenant House. And while hundreds of thousands of individuals will lie safe in their beds on this night, we will head outside with cardboard boxes to look for an unoccupied piece of pavement. It will be dark and uncomfortable. And it will be worth it.
By participating in the Sleep Out, I am doing my small part to make sure our doors stay open for all who need them. I'm trying to raise $5,000 by MARCH 24th, 2017. Please consider making a donation to support my fundraising efforts by clicking the "Donate Now" button on top.
From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your support.
With gratitude, Rachelle Rainey, Development Officer, Covenant House California