In 2015, our sleepout events will occur on both Friday and Saturday, February 20th and 21st and Friday and Saturday, March 20th and 21st. It is our hope that either of these opportunities will be a perfect opportunity for you to be a part of. Below is some information on what the events entail…
A Sleep Out is a way to raise money and awareness for the homeless by inviting participants to spend the night outside in an abandoned building using a cardboard box, tent or other makeshift shelter. Although we could never recreate the real-life experience of what it is like to be truly homeless, sleeping out for the night can focus all our thoughts on how we can all make a difference in the lives of the homeless right here in Pittsburgh. In addition to pots of soup, coffee and hot chocolate, the Sleep Out seeks to educate, create awareness, and encourage action through guest speakers from local homeless shelters along with the homeless themselves. It's our goal to not only raise as much money as we can, but also to teach people all the ways that they can continue making tangible positive changes in our community.
Obviously a big draw for the event is actually sleeping overnight in our abandoned building, but there is much more to this two-day retreat. Besides sleeping out, the night will feature guest speakers that will challenge and inspire the students, games and other activities that address stereotypes and help the students problem solve solutions for helping the homeless. Saturday morning will be spent doing outreach projects around the city where the students will have the opportunity to interact directly with the homeless or formerly homeless.
The suggested cost of the trip is $25. This is not only to help support the ministry, but will get participants used to asking others to help meet a need. Included will be dinner Friday night and Breakfast Saturday morning. Also a t-shirt will be provided to every participant. We don’t want anyone not to be able to come because of money. If you cannot raise the entire $25, just raise as much as you can. You will still be allowed to come.
Click Here to view our flyer with all the information for the event that you will need. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email us. Hopefully we'll see you soon!