Chicago Business Leaders and Young Professionals "Sleep Out"

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It was a balmy 33 degrees when sixty-four of Chicago's business leaders and young professionals took to the cement of St. James Commons the evening of Thursday, November 16th to Sleep Out in solidarity with homeless youth. Together, they successfully raised over $160,000 which will provide critical services to at-risk and homeless youth in Chicago, including daily meals, physical and mental health care, workforce training, and case management.

The Sleep Out was part of a nationwide campaign of Covenant House, the largest provider of youth homeless services which operates in 30 cities across the US, Canada and Latin America. While nineteen Covenant House locations participated in the Sleep Out, this was the first for Covenant House Illinois (CHIL), which opened its location in February of this year. Participants willingly gave up the comfort and security of home for one night in exchange for a cardboard box and sleeping bag to raise awareness for the 1,800-3,000-unaccompanied youth in Chicago that have no place to go.

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Lauren Cartlidge