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Experiencing Covenant House New York’s Sleep Out: Broadway Edition

Recently I was lucky enough to attend the Covenant House New York’s Sleep Out: Broadway Edition. 74 Broadway actors, actress, vocalists, musicians and production staff slept out at Covenant House New York in support of homeless youth. The Broadway stars brought an amazing energy to the Sleep Out. Everybody was excited and very connected to the work that Covenant House does, many had personal connections to the cause and could relate to the issues surrounding homelessness.

Before the Broadway Sleepers headed outside young people shared stories about how they became homeless and how Covenant House had helped them. They shared their personal journeys, their ups and downs and talked about how they are doing now. The Broadway group thanked the youth for sharing their stories by singing Amazing Grace. The rendition was emotional, amazing and chilling all at once. Their beautiful voices could be heard loud and clear and sent a powerful message of support to the youth.

Although the evening started off warm as New York was experiencing a heat wave, at 4am it started to rain and no one could escape what it really feels like to be homeless and sleeping outside. The next morning people were cold, exhausted and feeling very emotional. Many left wondering how anyone could live like this and survive. After an emotional wrap up the Broadway Sleepers headed back to their regular lives but were deeply changed by the experience. Together they raised a combined total of $270,000 to help homeless youth in New York and across America.

Here in Vancouver we are currently preparing for our Sleep Out: Executive Edition. If you are an Executive, CEO or notable person and you are interested in Sleeping Out and raising critical funds for Covenant House Vancouver please contact Jackie Leonard at jleonard@covenanthousebc.org or 604-639-8912. 

Broadway Sleep Out in New York Pictures

 

ROP Rooftop Art Night

Recently Rights of Passage had a rooftop art night led by a resident as part of their leadership life skills training.  The young person did a great job organizing & leading a fun and creative evening. 

Check out some of the great artwork!

Youth art night

Youth led art night

Youth created art work  

Structure is one of our five core principels

Structure  - Street life is very unstructured. Young people on the street never know where they will sleep or how they will get their next meal. We provide the structure and stability of legitimate and carefully articulated expectations without a lot of rules and regulations. This helps alleviate anxiety and allows them to focus on planning their next steps.

You can  provide  structure and stability  to a  young person.  Donate  Now

Structure is one of our five core principels 

Ride for Refuge 2015! What Moves You?

If you’d like to fundraise and ride for Covenant House (as a team captain or team member) please visit the Ride for Refuge  website.  Don’t forget to choose Covenant House Vancouver as your charity of choice when setting up your team! More information is also available in a brochure  here.

For more information on Covenant House or if you have questions, please contact:

Mark Savard
savard@covenanthousebc.org 
604-639-8922
or
Jen Moric
jmoric@covenanthousebc.org 
604-639-8923

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