Executive Edition : NEW ORLEANS

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

Why We’re Sleeping Out in New Orleans

On November 20th, 2014, business and community leaders across New Orleans will join their peers in 13 cities across North America to Sleep Out on the street in solidarity with nearly one million homeless & at-risk youth across the country. These respected leaders will spend a night on the sidewalk with nothing but a sleeping bag and a cardboard box, raising funds ($300,000) & awareness and showing them they are not alone. Click here to see a list of our sleepers.

“Their small sacrifice sends a clear message to homeless and at-risk kids—that we stand with them in their struggles, celebrate their courage and resiliency, and support their promise and dreams,” said Jim Kelly, Executive Director.

Last year, 93 sleepers were able to raise over $220,000 to support our kids. Two-time sleeper Joe Exnicios calls the experience “very rewarding”—and one that he’s eager to repeat this November. “Sometimes you just have to be all in… you can see for yourself exactly how much hope these kids have.”

Over the last three years, our average daily census has increased from 45 to over 130 kids per night.

Join Us on November 20, 2014

You, too, can be a part of this international movement to help kids off the street! Mark your calendar and register now for the Thursday before Thanksgiving - November 20, 2014.

Spread the word and encourage other leaders to register, too - one night can make a difference.

Ready To Make a Difference?

Jim Kelly - Exec. Director Phone: (504) 975-0650 Email: jkelly@covenanthouse.org
Rich Arnold - Dev. Director Phone: (504) 584-1141 Email: rarnold@covenanthouse.org

Event News

  • 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!
Local Event News
  • We're excited to report that over 100 sleepers have already committed to this year's Sleep Out, including Whitney Bank President Joseph Exnicios, Bellwether Technology President Poco Sloss and his wife Liz, Sheriff Marlin Gusman, WWL-TV President & GM Tod Smith, N.O. Tourism & Marketing Corporation CEO Mark Romig, attorney Philip Claverie, District “B” Councilmember Latoya Cantrell, Jones Walker Managing Partner Bill Hines, Blue Cross Blue Shield Director of Diversity Rod Teamer, and many more.
  • Thank you to Allstate ($16,000), Bellwether Technology ($5,000), Churchill Downs ($5,000), Crystal Hot Sauce ($2,500), Blue Cross Blue Shield ($2,000), First Bank & Trust ($1,000), Iberiabank ($1,000), the Louisiana Pizza Kitchen, and WWL-TV for their kickoff sponsorships!

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Photo Galleries

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