113 women across New Jersey, including 6 from the local “Morris Auxiliary” team, traded their beds for a box and sleeping bag on the streets of Newark to help raise awareness and funds for the thousands of youth served by Covenant House. The 2019 NJ Sleep Out: Women Unite Movement raised over $240,000, with Morris Auxiliary contributing $23,495, and donations are still coming in (www.sleepout.org.) The Sleep Out Movement was an opportunity for people to come together and make an immediate and lasting impact on the homeless young people who live at Covenant House.

 

“New Jersey Women stepped up in a way that helped us to reach homeless and trafficked youth and transform their lives,” said Covenant House Development Director, Janette Scrozzo. “We raised funds for essential food, clothing, shelter, medical care, educational programs, and job training.  New Jersey’s Women also sent the message that homeless kids desperately need to hear… that we care about them. We believe in their promise and together, we will become a unified voice for all the homeless and trafficked kids in New Jersey with no voice of their own.”

The Sleep Out, which includes sleeping outside on a piece of cardboard in a parking lot or a strip sidewalk, is not about pretending to be homeless, rather it’s about showing a group of kids love and respect - proving that you care enough about them to be uncomfortable for one night; to be vulnerable so they can be safe.

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The funds raised by Sleep Out participants are put to work immediately, keeping the lights on and the doors open for the thousands of kids who call Covenant House home.

 

About Covenant House:

For 30 years, Covenant House New Jersey has helped more than 1.5 million youth transform their lives. Opening with an initial drop-in center in New York City in 1972, Covenant House is now a movement: the largest charity in the Americas dedicated to helping children and youth find safety, shelter, and opportunity.  We reach nearly 80,000 youth in 31 cities in six countries annually. Covenant House New Jersey has programs in Newark, Atlantic City, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Asbury Park, Camden, and Montclair. CHNJ provides food, clothing, shelter and an array of comprehensive services to homeless and trafficked youth.

For more information please contact Kirsten Corley at kcorley@covenanthouse.org or (908) 577-7771.