Written for The Argo by Kristyn Urban
Stockton will host a Covenant House Sleep Out this year, and this time it will be virtual. Covenant House is a private-funded agency that helps youth in need of shelter, food, or any other immediate care attention across the United States.
A “Sleep Out” is not individuals pretending to be homeless. The act simply calls upon people to sleep outside so others don’t have to. Sleepouts raise awareness, funds, and show the youth a commitment to their future by bringing attention to youth homelessness.
Covenant House estimates on helping 74,000 young people a year. Many young teens and children come in off the streets with childhood trauma or endured traumatic experiences, usually disconnected from their families and other social support groups. In addition to struggling with homelessness, many have survived abusive homes and spent time in juvenile facilities. According to the Covenant House website, 4.2 million kids will be homeless in America just this year alone.
Stockton University offers their support differently this year. The Sleep Out will take place virtually in the comfort of participants’ own homes, but outdoors.
The date is Friday, March 26, 2021, at 6 p.m. to Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 7:00 a.m. Further registration information will appear in Stockton students’ emails.
Start a team and join the Stockton event at:
Follow the event on Instagram @stockton_sleepout