Last night our President, Roger Harrison, spent the night sleeping out on the street with other business professionals from our community. Each of them were equipped with a simple sleeping bag and a piece of cardboard as the winter temperatures dropped below freezing. Now the question remains – why?
The answer is simple, to show homeless youth they’re not alone.
It is not about pretending to be homeless. It is about showing a group of young people that they are worthy of unconditional love and absolute respect, and showing that people care enough about them to be uncomfortable for one night; to be vulnerable so they can be safe.
Homelessness has many faces. Covenant House Vancouver exists for those young people for whom there is often no one else; young people aged 16 – 24 who have fled physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse, those who have been forced from their houses, or those who have aged out of foster homes.
Covenant House provides youth with nourishing meals, a shower, clean clothes, and medical attention. They also provide a safe place for youth to sleep, as well as substance misuse counselling, treatment for mental illness, and support with finding a job and a safe place to live.
The funds raised by Roger and other Sleep Out participants are being put to work immediately, keeping the lights on and the doors open at Covenant House for the close to 1,200 young people who will seek help this year.
On behalf of Roger Harrison and the entire team here at Radius, we would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who donated to the Sleep Out. Together Roger’s campaign raised $7,501.00, surpassing our initial goal of $4000.00. The entire Sleep Out: Professionals Edition raised $294,897.00 and the funds are still coming in! Covenant House is 95% privately funded, which means they truly rely on the generosity of individuals and organizations.
Radius Logistics is proud to support Covenant House as they continue to provide at-risk youth with support in an environment that feels like home.