ST. LOUIS - According to Covenant House Missouri, each night in St. Louis more than 2,000 teens sleep under a bridge, in an abandoned building or in other dangerous places. They are fleeing a life of abuse, neglect and chronic poverty and truly believe there is nowhere else to turn. Surprisingly, 47 percent of these teens come from outside of the city of St. Louis.
In an effort to raise awareness and funds, and to bring hope to homeless youth throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area, Mercy Regional President Donn Sorensen along with other business and community leaders participated in a 14-city Executive Sleep Out event on Nov. 21. Sorensen slept on the street and experienced homelessness for one night to show homeless youth they are not alone. The event was hosted locally by Covenant House Missouri and intentionally coincides with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week. Sorensen also spent time talking with homeless teens and Convenant House officials about the struggles of young people on the streets, how they got there and services provided to them.
Covenant House Missouri is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth in the St. Louis area and beyond. Its programs empower these youth to live independently and become contributing members of the community.
“It was an eye opening experience,” Sorensen said. “To know what these kids go through every night makes me thankful that there’s a resource like Covenant House available to them.”
To support the effort, tax-deductible donations are still being accepted online by simply clicking here. You can learn more about Covenant House Missouri visit its website: www.covenanthousemo.org.