I'm Sleeping Out in downtown Atlanta….again
It will be uncomfortable.It will be dark.
But for one night I can give up the comforts of home knowing that – by doing so – I may bring warmth and hope to young people who need it most.
Like last year, I will be sleeping out to raise awareness and money on behalf of the Covenant House, a shelter and advocacy program for homeless, abandoned, exploited, trafficked, and abused youth.
This year, however, I have a whole new appreciation for the mission of the Covenant House. During my first sleep out, I was so inspired by the men and women at the shelter that I inquired into any opportunity to give more of my time and whatever talent I could offer to the community. After some discussions with the staff, we decided that I could lead a weekly vocational training and life lessons class for the men who have earned a long-term stay at the shelter.
Every Monday night I now spend a couple hours with the men in the community. We cover everything from the basics of tying a tie to more heady subject matters like conflict management and stress.
Beyond a roof and a meal, I now understand that these men and women need more from their communities to overcome the often emotional and physical pain of their past. And, like the sleep out, our conversations can be uncomfortable and dark.
But, I am often reassured weekly that we can breakthrough such conflict based on one common message: HOPE. And, therefore, my basic weekly goal is to provide a little hope.
I am so grateful for my time at the shelter over the last year. Like many before me, I imagine I receive as much in our sessions as I hope the youth might receive in our time together.
For one night, I will again raise awareness and money for the Covenant House. It will be a reminder to all of us of the countless youth that just need a little hope.
Thank you for the time reading this note and thank you in advance for the consideration of supporting the Covenant House. Either way, on March 24th, you know where to find me....under my favorite downtown bench.
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