More than 75 volunteers will sleep outside Thursday night as a fundraiser for Urban Peak’s shelter program. This is the fourth annual Night Out to End Youth Homelessness, held during national Homeless Youth Awareness Month
Volunteers sponsor their night out by raising money and learning about the challenges facing youth who are homeless and trying to find a way out.
Participants will be sleeping in the parking lot and sidewalk at First United Methodist Church in downtown Colorado Springs.
No tents are allowed during the night out, but participants can use sleeping bags, cardboard boxes and tarps to survive the elements.
“One in four youth who go without shelter will become victims of human trafficking,” Shawna Kemppainen, executive director of Urban Peak Colorado Springs said in a news release. “Our night out in the cold will help youth come in from the cold this winter.”
The collective goal is to raise at least $40,000, enough to support Urban Peak’s shelter program through the winter holidays. Urban Peak operates a 20-bed shelter for youth ages 15 through 20. It costs about $71 per night to provide youth shelter, food, counseling and other services at Urban Peak.