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Young Professionals to Sleep Outside in Cold for Covenant House Alaska

Goal this year is $70,000, with $47,449 already raised


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Anchorage, Alaska — In an effort to raise funds and awareness for the youth of Covenant House Alaska, thirty-one young businessmen and women will leave the comfort of their homes and sleep out in the cold this Friday night.

 

The Young Professional Sleep Out is an opportunity for young working Alaskans to spend one uncomfortable night outside to help raise awareness about youth homelessness in Alaska.

 

The participants raise funds while they sleep in cardboard boxes in the shelter courtyard. The goal this year is $70,000, with $47,449 already raised. Sleep Out donations go towards keeping Covenant House Alaska’s shelter doors open 24/7, 365 days a year.

 

“We really rely on our community to support our youth, especially in these tough economic times,” said Carlette Mack, Interim Executive Director, who added that Covenant House Alaska recently lost federal funding that goes towards the street outreach program and the operation of the shelter, which reached full capacity this year. 

 

“The Sleep Out will help us cover this loss,” Mack said.  “We’re grateful to every young Sleep Out Champion who is showing that they care about our youth and our movement to end homelessness.”

 

Each year, Covenant House Alaska serves about 2,300 youth experiencing homelessness or trafficking. In addition to shelter, Covenant House provides meals, education, counseling and employment services – and unconditional love and respect to every youth brave enough to walk through the shelter doors.

 

The Young Professional Sleep Out is Friday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the CHA Youth Engagement Center, 755 A Street. While the Sleep Out is not open to the public, the community can still donate to help Covenant House Alaska reach its fundraising goal at anchorage.ypsleepout.org.

 

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