If you shiver when you get into your car in the morning, imagine what it's like to have to sleep outside with nothing but a blanket to protect you from the frigid wind.
For many locals, that's reality. That's why more than 40 people are leaving their warm beds behind on Thursday to sleep on the streets. The annual Night Out to End Youth Homelessness
gives the more fortunate a taste of what it's like to be homeless. Participants seek donations that go to Urban Peak
, which provides safe shelter to homeless youth. The goal this year is to raise $50,000 in support of the 20-bed shelter.
You can go to https://www.coloradogives.org/UPCS
to donate to the cause. Read on to learn more:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 40+ People Choose to Sleep Out in the Cold Thursday To Bring Youth in from the Cold This Winter
November 9, 2015, Colorado Springs, Colorado – Between 40 to 50 people are volunteering to sleep outside in freezing weather on November 12 in order to bring attention to the issue of youth homelessness. Urban Peak Colorado Springs’ Night Out to End Youth Homelessness happens during November, National Runaway and Homeless Youth Month.
Volunteers sponsor their “night out” by raising money and taking part in a learning experience aimed at creating awareness about some of the challenges youth face when trying to exit homelessness. Among those sleeping out include the Manitou Springs High School’s Gay Straight and Transgender Alliance, the youth pastor from First United Methodist Church, and the CEO of the Colorado Springs Downtown Partnership.
Night Out To End Youth Homelessness 2015 — Event Details
What Urban Peak Colorado Springs Night Out to End Youth Homelessness
Between 40 to 50 people sleep outside in freezing weather to raise awareness
about youth homelessness and to raise money for Urban Peak’s youth shelter.
When Thursday November 12th at 6pm to Friday November 13th at 6am
(Sleepers head outside for the night at approx. 9pm Thursday)
Where First United Methodist Church
420 North Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Why To help hundreds of youth experiencing homelessness in our community by supporting Urban Peak Colorado Springs shelter program. Donations can be made at https://www.coloradogives.org/UPCS
No tents are allowed during the night out, so people will use sleeping bags, cardboard boxes, and tarps to weather the night in the elements. “We know youth in the experience of homelessness do not have the fancy sleeping bags and warm clothes that we’ll have,” says Shawna Kemppainen, executive director of Urban Peak. “We don’t pretend it’s just like spending a night in the shoes of one of our youth. Instead, our goal is to raise awareness that in our community on any given night there are close to 100 young people sleeping in alleys, parking garages, abandoned buildings, or staying in the few shelter and housing programs available to them. This one night out for volunteers in the cold brings youth in from the cold this winter.”
The group’s collective goal is to raise $50,000 in support of Urban Peak Colorado Springs’ 20-bed shelter for youth ages 15 through 20. It costs about $50 per night to provide youth shelter at Urban Peak, so if the group reaches its goal it will mean 1,000 nights of shelter for youth in our community.
About Urban Peak Colorado Springs
Urban Peak Colorado Springs helps youth experiencing homelessness to get off the street and build a better future. Our programs include a 20-bed shelter with meals and support programs, street outreach for youth living on the streets, and housing assistance so youth can move off the street. All youth can access job-readiness training to create stability, support to further educational goals, life skills and case management, as well as access to healthcare. In fiscal year 2015, Urban Peak Colorado Springs assisted 528 young people. For more information, visit www.urbanpeak.org.