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 they don’t have to. Young people are changed by every interaction with someone who genuinely cares for them. The Sleep Out offers every participant the chance to be someone who cares. 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 five years, our average daily census has increased from 45 to 150 kids per night and we’ve recently been averaging about 160 per night. By sleeping out, you will show them they are not alone.