Asbury Park, NJ— May 18th 2019.
77 Participants and 21 Teams in Asbury Park traded their beds for a box and sleeping bag on the streets of Asbury Park to help raise awareness and funds for the thousands of youth served by Covenant House. The 2019 NJ Sleep Out: Asbury Park Community Edition raised over $113,000.
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.
“Our Asbury Community 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. They 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 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.
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.
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