ST. Louis, MO/November 18, 2017 (STL.News) For 3,000 Youth in the St. Louis community, they don’t have the opportunity to gather around the dinner table with loved ones on Thanksgiving next week. They have to worry about where they are going to sleep tomorrow, and how to avoid freezing to death in the middle of the night. These are young people from all backgrounds, races, and orientations, some enrolled in high schools, some are employed, but in most case, they are individuals who are on the run from abuse, neglect, and chronic poverty.
The Covenant House Missouri, a local nonprofit organization, empowers homeless youth to design their own paths to independence. They host a Transitional Living Program that works with youth to help them achieve total independence in a way that doesn’t put them on the streets. The Covenant House provides a safe, stable, caring environment that has been missing in the lives of those they serve. Throughout 2017 alone, the house has served more than 6,000 youth through their life skills and job training classes, mental health services, community outreach, and residential living programs.
This year, the House is hosting what they call Sleep Out: Executive Edition. This Thursday, leaders in the St. Louis community will sleep outside in solidarity with the homeless and disconnected youth during the CHMO’s sixth annual Sleep Out: Executive Edition. During the event, participants will have the opportunity to meet the youth served by the House and hear their stories. It’s a heartbreaking and simultaneously inspiring activity that raises awareness for their plight.
Lucky for participants, they know they will be safe during the event. Past participants admit that they were barely able to sleep, providing a realistic perspective of what these people have to endure every day. Not to mention, they need to worry about their safety. Sleep Out in solidarity this week.
By Alexandra R. Fasulo – published on STL.News by St. Louis Media, LLC
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