University of Holy Cross Partnering with Covenant House for Sleep Out to Benefit Homeless Youth

NEW ORLEANS – For the first time in University of Holy Cross history, students and administrators will partner with Covenant House for a Sleep Out to benefit and raise awareness for homeless youth. The Sleep Out will take place on Thursday, April 25 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. in the university’s courtyard. Details were shared in a press release.

Participants will experience firsthand a night of what a homeless person may experience by sleeping exposed to the elements in a cardboard box. UHC officials expect around 15 participants to camp out overnight with the goal of raising $5,000.

“Each year more than 2 million children across the U.S. will experience homelessness,” said UHC vice president of Mission Integration Angie Ruiz. “We think this Sleep Out with Covenant House New Orleans is an amazing way to raise awareness and funding to help give downtrodden or disadvantaged youths a fresh start.”

Covenant House New Orleans was founded in 1987. In 2018, Covenant House New Orleans provided comprehensive services to 896 youths in New Orleans and took in 446 young people into their Crisis Center.

Starting at 7 p.m. on April 25, students and administrators will meet and get situated in their boxes for the night. The 12-hour Sleep Out ends at 7 a.m. with students getting to return to their normal lives – hopefully with a new appreciation of what the homeless appreciate on a nightly basis.

To learn more, sign up, sponsor a student or donate to the cause, visit www.sleepout.org/team/HolyCross. For more information on this program, contact Angie Ruiz at aruiz@uhcno.edu.

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