On November 16, 2006, I was sleeping on the ground, probably on tree roots, and probably for only an hour and a half. It was uncomfortable, and work the next day was miserable. But, hey, I had volunteered to go to Ranger School.
Though it is a milestone in my life to have made it out of Ranger School, millions of kids never volunteered to sleep outside, and many have no expected graduation date, after which they get to go home. I saw some very tough men give up, even when there was an end in sight. I can't imagine, for a kid with no training, support system, or family support - how can they hold on to hope that one day it will get better?
I'm Sleeping Out
I have accepted Covenant House’s challenge to spend a night sleeping on the street so homeless kids don’t have to.
The Sleep Out is not about pretending to be homeless. It’s an act of solidarity with the 4.2 million young people who experience homelessness each year. It’s a decision that we can’t stay indoors while so many kids remain outside.
As part of my Sleep Out, I am raising funds and awareness for Covenant House, a shelter for kids experiencing homelessness and trafficking. Covenant House offers these young people so much more than a safe place to sleep - they welcome each kid with absolute respect and unconditional love, and their continuum of care provides essential services to help kids transition from homelessness to independence.
Help me help kids. Make a donation in support of my Sleep Out by clicking the “Support Me” button above.
On November 16, from coast-to-coast, people just like me will step out of their homes – and their comfort zones – to sleep outside in support of those who have no choice. Sleep Out America will help Covenant House bring shelter to young people who have no place else to turn.