On November 21st, armed with a sleeping bag and a piece of cardboard, I will sleep outside so that the youth at Covenant House Toronto can ignite their potential and reclaim their lives.
It will be cold. It will be dark. But for one night I can give up the comforts of home knowing it can bring warmth and brightness to the young people who need it most.
Sleep Out: Executive Edition is a unique experiential event that will be taking place on the streets of Toronto. I will be one of the many men and women, from across different industries, who will do whatever it takes to fight for youth who are homeless, trafficked, or at-risk.
On any given night in Canada, there may be at least 6000 homeless youth
on the street. It's unimaginable that Canada is home to that many youth living without the basics of life. As a grandmother, mother, aunt, employer and caring human I need to be involved in the solution. These youth live with far too much suffering and instability. Our small sacrifice can provide care, support and opportunity to turn lives around and restore the human spirit.
If you haven't heard about Covenant House before, spend time on the website reading about the incredible work they do. As Canada’s largest agency serving youth who are homeless, trafficked or at risk, they offer the widest range of 24-7 services to about 350 young people each day.
More than a place to stay, Covenant House provides life-changing care with unconditional love and respect. They meet youth’s immediate needs and then work together with the youth to achieve their future goals. Covenant House offers housing options, health and well-being support, training and skill development, and ongoing care once youth move into the community.