First Women's sleep out
raises $325,000 for homeless youth

L to R: Josie do Rego, Covenant House development director, top fundraiser Susan Kelly, and Event Committee Chair Greta Cusworth.

TORONTO, ON, May 27, 2017 – Eighty-two women, from a range of backgrounds, spent a night outside to raise awareness of youth homelessness and more than $325,000 for youth at Covenant House.

Participants in the first-ever Covenant House Sleep Out: Women Unite, equipped with only sleeping bags and pieces of cardboard, got a small glimpse of the hardships youth face on the street.

Event committee member, Susan Kelly, was the top fundraiser, generating more than $13,800.

“The success of this event is a testament to the power of women uniting together for a common cause,” says Josie do Rego, Covenant House development director. “We are so grateful for the participants who generated much needed funds for the agency to support homeless and trafficked youth and help give them a future.”

Covenant House Toronto’s first Sleep Out: Women Unite builds on the agency’s hugely successful Sleep Out events, which together have raised about $5.7 million over the past five years.

Covenant House Toronto is Canada’s largest agency serving at-risk, homeless and trafficked youth – as many as 250 youth daily. The agency provides 24/7 crisis shelter, transitional housing and comprehensive services, including education, counselling, health care, employment assistance, job training and aftercare.

Contact: Michael Sheiner
Associate Manager, Public Relations
(416) 204-7094

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