Attention Homes has announced that on Thursday, November 12 over 150 community members will sleep out in support of homeless and runaway youth.
November is officially Homeless and Runaway Youth Awareness Month. The 4th Annual Sleep Out for Homeless Youth will be presented in partnership with First United Methodist Church of Boulder. Attention Homes, a local non-profit, is the only shelter for youth in Boulder County providing day drop-in services and overnight shelter.
Participants will be spending the night sleeping outside on the lawn in downtown Boulder between Attention Homes’ office and First United Methodist Church, near 15th and Spruce Street. They have pledged to each raise $1,000 for Attention Homes from friends, family and colleagues through their own fundraising page. Sleep Out is expected to raise more than $100,000 to support Attention Homes’ homeless and runaway youth services.
“The number of youth in our community who are either homeless or unstably housed is currently estimated to be 165 or more on any given night,” says Claire Clurman, Executive Director of Attention Homes. “Sleep Out is an opportunity to stand in solidarity and say NO to youth homelessness while raising awareness and funds to combat this critically important issue. By taking part in this event, individuals, community and business leaders will glimpse what life is like as a homeless youth by exposing themselves to weather and the uncertainties that come from living on the streets. Our hope is that as they return the next morning to safe and warm homes, their jobs and families, they will share a message of awareness and support for these young people that need our attention and help.”
Sleep Out participants arrive the evening of November 12 at First United Methodist Church and take part in a simple meal provided by Pasta Jay’s, Abo’s Pizza, and Snooze Eatery before preparing to sleep out. Early the next morning, a light breakfast will be served by BVSD’s Food Truck before departing back to work and home where participants are encouraged to not shower or change in order to further connect to the experience of being homeless. Rev. Pat Bruns, Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church, was an early supporter of the event and believes Sleep Out perfectly complements their affirming and welcoming community that reaches out to support a variety of non-profits serving marginalized segments of our communities in Boulder County. Other sponsors of this event are: Polar Bottle, The Daily Camera, Boulder Lifestyle Magazine, and Boulder Weekly.
Attention Homes expects to serve close to 800 youth by the end of 2015 through street outreach, day drop-in services and overnight shelter. Programs connect vulnerable youth to education, employment, housing, mental health and substance abuse support and family reunification. To learn more about how you can participate go to www.attentionhomes.org/sleepout.