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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-639-8912.