Houston, Texas – On Thursday, November 15, Houston executives braved a colder than normal night for Sleep Out: Executive Edition in Houston. Together over 80 sleepers raised over $800,000. Many thanks to the Houston Executives and our sponsors for their commitment.
The evening began with a community gathering and candlelight vigil emceed for the 7th time by KPRC’s Khambrel Marshall. Wayne Watson entertained guests with inspirational music. Executives then “traded places” with a homeless youth for one night; sleeping on the Covenant House campus. Sleepers included Jamey Rootes, Paolo Berard, Shawn Cloonan, Greg Geib, Dan Gilbane, Mike Holland, Nataly Marks, William McKeon, and Kurt Nondorf.
“For me, the Covenant House has a special place because my son is 17,” said Jamey Rootes, honorary chairman for the 2018 Covenant House Texas Sleep Out: Executive Edition. “He’s almost in that age when those kids are experiencing homelessness, they are experiencing desperation, and the Covenant House is there for them.”
“We want to shine a bright spotlight on this because it’s a place that doesn’t get a lot of attention, but if we can save these kids from a life of homelessness, they can become productive members of our society,” Rootes said.
Nationwide, nearly 7,000 people across the U.S. and Canada participated in Sleep Out in 19 cities in the U.S. and Canada, and in backyards, parking lots, schools, and community spaces, in all 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. Together, Sleep Out: Executive Edition and Sleep Out America raised more than $10 million (and counting!) to shelter and serve youth facing homelessness.
Established in 1983, Covenant House Texas is a non-profit human services agency that offers crisis shelter, crisis intervention, outreach and prevention, medical care, transitional housing, educational/vocational training and community-based services to run away, and homeless youth 18 to 24. CHT is part of an international network founded in New York City in 1968. Visit our website at www.covenanthousetx.org.