What's the Problem
Tulane’s Cowen Institute estimates there are 26,000 “opportunity youth” in the New Orleans area - who are neither employed nor enrolled in school. Thousands of them are also homeless, with no safe place to lay their heads at night. Neglected, abused, and exploited - they are all good kids who deserve a chance. Most suffer from severe trauma following years of physical and/or sexual abuse - and exposure to the violence of the streets. Basic needs like a hearty meal, a warm bed, and safe shelter are true luxuries. Covenant House is their safe haven.
How does Sleep Out help?
When you Sleep Out - it means our kids don’t have to. Sleeping Out is your chance to show them you care. All the funds you raise are put to work immediately - providing food, clothing, shelter, medical & behavioral healthcare, individual & family counselling, job readiness training & placement, educational support, life skills development, short & long-term housing, and more. In the past six years, our average daily census has increased from 45 to 160 kids per night - and we’ve recently been averaging over 170. By sleeping out, you will show them they are not alone.