The COVID-19 Pandemic continues to present logistical challenges with hosting in-person events and we continue to face the need to secure funding to keep our shelters across the state operational and safe. We invite you to be a part of something extraordinary! On Friday, March 19th, we are bringing Sleep Out: Asbury Park Community Edition, Sleep Out: Camden Community Edition and Sleep Out: Young Professional Edition together as one virtual experience, along with other communities and groups from across our state! We present Sleep Out: Covenant House New Jersey Community Edition!!!
Every night right here in New Jersey, there are about 3,000 kids that do not have a home. It is so hard to believe, but we know it to be true. Over the years, we have found them sleeping under bridges, abandoned buildings, or riding the trains. Some try to stay with people they have meet, often at a cost that no one should pay. We have lost kids to human trafficking, substance abuse, gangs, jail, and even death. We could tell you story after story. Without help, there is never a happy ending.
The good news is Covenant House New Jersey (CHNJ) is rescuing thousands of these kids every year. In fact, tonight young people will be sleeping in a warm bed right here in New Jersey in one of our ten homes. But at CHNJ we don’t stop with just a bed or even three hot meals, we work to help our kids overcome the obstacles they face and build a future they had only dreamed of.
But there are still so many kids on the streets! That is why we are asking you to join us this March for Sleep Out: Covenant House New Jersey Community Edition.
How can I participate?
Participants in the Sleep Out: Covenant House New Jersey Community Edition must:
By registering to Sleep Out you are agreeing to sacrifice your own comfortable bed for one night and choosing to sleep in your backyard, porch or your car so that homeless youth won’t have to..
If you want, you can even create a team page and invite friends, family, and co-workers to join (just remember that all participants must be registered).
The Sleep Out is a unique experience that we hope encourages awareness, empathy, and understanding for the immeasurable odds that homeless young people overcome. But while awareness of a problem is important, it isn’t a solution.
We ask Sleep Out participants to raise critical funds that allow Covenant House New Jersey to offer safety, shelter, and support to homeless young people 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. By fundraising, Sleep Out participants become part of the solution for youth facing homelessness.
Right now we need your help more than ever. There has never been a greater need or a better time to support the Covenant House community.
Please share that you are sleeping out with Covenant House New Jersey on your Facebook page and your other Social Media pages including Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
Take photos and post on social. Be sure to tag @CovenantHouseNJ and use #CHSleepOut.
We need to grow our circle around our young people larger as there are more and more young people who need our help.
Keep fundraising! When you’re posting on social media, include your fundraising link. Send out another email to family and friends. Share the stories of the young people you met in the videos you watched.
On Friday, March 19th, we will host our Sleep Out: Covenant House New Jersey Community Edition from our homes. Locate a sleeping bag and cardboard to lay under your sleeping bag. Determine where you will sleep out. It should be some place safe but not too comfortable.
Share what you are doing on your Facebook and your social media accounts.
Please join us for our Virtual Sleep Out: Covenant House New Jersey Community Edition on Friday, March 19th at 8 pm.
We have planned an inspiring virtual program for you all. It will be an opportunity to hear from our kids and staff and be in solidarity with the thousands of kids that call CHNJ home.
Check back on Monday, March 15th to this page where we will highlight the link to join the event.
At about 9:30 pm, Friday, March 19th, 2021 all sleepers will head outside to SLEEP OUT. Because this is a virtual Sleep Out you will sleep out at your home, in your backyard, your porch, or your car. Please take photos and post them on social media. Be sure to tag @covenanthousenj and use #CHSleepOut. Don’t forget to go live on Facebook or Instagram to show your donors what you are doing!
Keep fundraising! When you’re posting on social media, including your fundraising link. Send out another email to family and friends. Share the stories of the young people you met in the videos you watched. Every dollar counts!
On Saturday, March 20th, 2021 at 8:00 am we will gather together for a time of reflection on our experience. We get together at this time because it is the time a homeless youth would have to wake up and get moving.
We will gather virtually on the same platform that we used last night.
As you resume your life on Saturday, March 20th, 2021, you are likely to struggle a bit with fatigue. Imagine how it would be to go day after day sleeping on the street. That is what our young people face. This makes it difficult for them to maintain employment and complete schoolwork.
You are encouraged to continue fundraising and donations will be recorded on your site up to April 30th, 2021. This is a great opportunity to reflect on your experience with your family, friends, and co-workers.
After some rest please find time to thank your donors. Share a story and photo of your Sleep Out, and let them know how much you appreciate their support. Our team will be in touch with opportunities to attend an upcoming Sleep Out in person.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for sleeping out for our young people!
Are you a youth in need of help?