Volunteers sleep outside to raise money for the homeless

- Business and community leaders raised awareness about youth homelessness by sleeping outside Thursday night.

The participants stayed out in the rain and chilly weather for the annual Promise House Sleep Out. They learned about some of the issues facing the city’s homeless, runaway and at-risk young and each pledged to raise $5,000.

The Promise House provided them with sleeping bags, cardboard and beanies. But unlike those who are truly homeless, the participants had access to a restroom, food and on-side security.

“Last night we were really lucky that the weather was nice and warm, but that changed overnight and I think the realization that we all have warm beds and a meal and a family to go home. There are kids and adults out there. This is what they’re facing day in and day out,” said Lauren Walters, one of the participants.

Overall the event raised about $90,000. The money will help get young people off the streets, especially during the coming winter months.

LINK: promisehouse.org

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