None of us can truly understand the desperation, cold and hunger that homeless youth endure on the streets, especially during Alaska’s brutal winters. But each November, nearly 40 Alaskan leaders spend one uncomfortable night in the bitter cold outside Covenant House, sleeping out on cardboard and pavement, to raise funds and show support for homeless Alaska youth. It’s called "Alaska Sleeps Out" -- and it’s a movement to end homelessness. For its efforts, Covenant House Alaska was chosen in July by the Alaska Business Monthly for the "Best Public Relations Activity to Raise Money for Charity." CHA was honored by the award.
“The Sleep Out is not about pretending to be homeless,” said Alison Kear, CHA’s Executive Director. “It’s about showing our youth unconditional love and respect -- and proving that you care enough about them to be uncomfortable for one night.”
Funds raised from the Sleep Out go directly to keeping CHA’s doors open – 24 and 7. Last year, 2,952 homeless and at-risk youth were served at CHA.
If you’d like to be a part of our movement to end homelessness, or would like more information about joining our Covenant House Alaska Executive “Sleep Out” event on November 17, 2016, please contact Wendy Shem, Development Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 339-4224.