On my drive in to work this morning, I was touched by a story I heard on the radio. Touched to the point that it brought me to tears.
The story was about The Covenant House, a homeless shelter for teens in Atlanta. TEENS. Did you know there are about 700 homeless teens, living on the street in Atlanta with nowhere to go? Neither did I. Everyone equates homelessness with older people, people with addictions, but not teens. Maybe its your waiter at dinner, maybe the kid your kid goes to school with. They put on a good show, don’t lead on, live normal lights, but at night, they have nowhere to go.
Cue Covenant House, a nationwide teen homeless shelter system that’s been around for 40 years and has helped over a million homeless teens. Covenant House is a great place, but unfortunately is outgrowing their space. This is why they are fundraising, because they have over 125 kids on a waiting list and want to upgrade to a bigger facility.
Tonight, there will be a candlelight vigil at Centennial Park. Covenant House is asking as many Atlanta community members to join in tonight to raise awareness for the cause. They are also doing a Sleep Out tonight, where community members will sleep outside with these homeless teens in support. Finally, you can donate online. They need close to $4million dollars to buy and rennovate the new facility, so any little bit helps.
For more information on any of The Covenant House’s initiatives, visit them at http://www.covenanthouse.org/. You can also Like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter. Take a look around. I bet their cause will move you.