Sleeping Out so Homeless Youth Don’t Have to


Our CEO, Joel Abramson, has accepted the challenge to Sleep Out with Covenant House Vancouver on Thursday, November 16th. It will be uncomfortable. It will be dark. It will be very cold. But for one night, Joel is happy to give up the comforts of home so that he can bring warmth and hope to young people who need it most.

An estimated 700 kids spend each night on the streets in Vancouver. Countless others represent the ‘invisible homeless’ staying with friends and relatives with no ‘real’ please to call ‘home’.

Since 1997, Covenant House Vancouver has been working to meet the needs of homeless youth, providing hot meals and safe beds while attempting to help them further their education, get a job, find permanent housing, and develop the skills they need to live a healthy, independent life.

We sat down with Joel to ask him what the Sleep Out means to him. “Homelessness has many faces,” said Joel. “Running a business in the downtown eastside of Vancouver, I see these faces every day. I am frequently reminded of the need, so I often wondered, what can I do to help make this better? I see taking the challenge to Sleep Out with Covenant House Vancouver as a chance to really make a difference.”

Every dollar raised can make a huge difference in the life of a homeless youth, so if you are able to donate, please click here to show your support for this worthy cause:

Update: We’re excited to announce that a past Sleep Out participant has volunteered to match gifts made before November 16th, so now all donated funds can have an even bigger impact!