Business and Community Leaders
in New Orleans
So Homeless Youth Don't Have To.
On November 14th, 2013, 93 business & community leaders in New Orleans slept on the street (in the rain!) in solidarity with nearly a million homeless youth across the country, giving up the comforts of home for one night to show their support and raise awareness.
These respected New Orleans leaders spent a night on the sidewalk with nothing but a sleeping bag and a cardboard box. “Their small sacrifice sent 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.
Together, our sleepers were able to raise more than $218,000 to support our kids.
Board Chair Patricia Krebs called the experience “extremely emotional,” but one that she’s eager to repeat: “It’s hard for these kids to see sometimes that they’re deserving of love, that they’re deserving of respect… and to have so many people come sleep out on the sidewalk, when it’s cold, meant a great deal to them.”
On event night, Covenant House cared for 141 kids. Last year, on the same night, we cared for 84 kids. We provide a safe haven for homeless & at-risk youth (ages 22 and under), with services including food, shelter, clothing, medical care, educational and vocational support, individual and family counseling, job readiness and placement, short and long-term housing, and bus tickets home.
It’s not too late to make a life-changing gift.
If you would like to join us for the Sleep Out: Executive Edition in 2014, pre-register today!
Save the Date
We are so proud of the second annual Sleep Out and are already looking forward to 2014! 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.
- We're excited to report that 90 sleepers have committed to this year's Sleep Out! Sleepers raising funds & awareness include: Whitney Bank President Joseph Exnicios; State Representative Walter Leger III and his father, attorney Walter Leger Jr.; Solomon Group CEO Gary Solomon Jr.; attorney Patricia Krebs; WWL-TV President & General Manager Tod Smith; Bellwether Technology President Poco Sloss and his wife, designer Liz Sloss; New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corporation CEO Mark Romig; District “C” Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer; attorney Philip Claverie; Blue Cross Blue Shield Director of Metro & Business Rod Teamer; and many more.
- Extra! Extra! Read all about our Sleep Out in The Advocate, the Gambit and The Times-Picayune.
- Sleepers raising awareness include Judges Bagneris, Brown, Chase, D'Souza, Duval, Flemings-Davillier, Jupiter, Landrieu, and Zainey.
- Thank you to Churchill Downs, Inc and the Fairgrounds for their sponsorship gift of $15,000; to Capital One for their sponsorship gift of $4500; and to Cox Communications for their sponsorship of $3500.