According to SafeHorizon.org, 39%, of the homeless population are children under the age of 18. That’s 1.7 million homeless children, of which approximately 5,000 die every year. One of the organizations striving to combat this situation is Covenant House, a nationwide shelter and resource organization for homeless youth. This month, Covenant House finds a new ally in the fight against juvenile destitution: the Insurance Industry. On September 25, 2015 insurance and reinsurance professionals in New York will spend one day in these kids’ shoes… or rather on the park benches, sidewalks, and shelters that they often call a resting place.
Covenant House has been hosting Sleep Outs, in which participants spend a night sleeping in similar conditions as the youth, with sleeping bags and cardboard boxes, in cities throughout the nation. Each Sleep Out seems to have a theme or target participant and this month, in New York, it is the insurance industry. Professionals from the c-level executives to mail-room clerks will be showing their commitment to combating this problem. The show of solidarity is to help raise awareness for the issue and an accompanying challenge for corporations to pledge $20,000 has the goal of raising close to $1 million (across all the Sleep Out Events). Additionally, it helps these business professionals understand what these kids live through day in and day out.
In November, Houston, Texas will host one of these Sleep Outs with an Executive Theme, where executives from any and all industries are invited to come out and help raise awareness and funds. If you happen to be in New York, you can join by visiting CovenantHouse.org to find a SleepOut near you or corporatesleepout.org to find more information about hosting one in your city.