Making an Impact: Reflections from the Covenant House Sleep Out Experience

Asset Living
May 18, 2022
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Making an Impact: Reflections from the Covenant House Sleep Out Experience

Asset Living supports all kinds of efforts to build a brighter future, from families creating better lives to communities and coalitions promoting the greater good. So, when Asset Living decided to partner with Covenant House, a network of shelters that provides safety and support to homeless young youth, it was their shared mission and belief that everyone deserves a place to call home that made the partnership one that Asset Living could identify with and authentically support. Every year, Covenant House hosts Sleep Out, an international movement and challenge to sleep outside for one night out of the year to help raise donations and awareness around the homeless youth population in the U.S. Among the participants during this fundraiser was one of Asset Living’s paralegals, Kathryn Madison.

“When I first heard about Asset Living’s partnership with Covenant House, I was immediately all in!” said Madison. “My grandparents were foster parents for 60 years and had over 500 children under the age of three come through their home.  I didn’t know a life without extra “family” members as my parents were foster parents for a brief time as well, so this organization hits close to home for me. I always wondered what happened to the kids who never got adopted or aged out of the system.  There were several foster kids that my grandparents raised, who eventually were adopted, and I’m still in touch with them today and consider them family.  Thankfully because of my grandparents, I knew about Covenant House.”

Experiencing Sleep Out

Kathryn Madison was one of the Asset Living employees who laid down cardboard, rolled out a sleeping bag and bundled up in jackets, scarves, and gloves last November. This didn’t stop her from being one of the Asset Living employees who helped to raise $75,000 for Covenant House’s 10th Annual Sleep Out in 2021. All funds raised were applied directly in support of youth homelessness and will be put towards providing shelter and other essential services to help homeless youth with building an independent future.

“During the Sleep Out, we heard from several amazing speakers but one thing that stuck with me was the speaker who mentioned “donating vs. being involved”.  Donating is merely making a donation, delivering food or supplies, which is easy.  Getting involved means making a connection, doing the work, putting forth real effort, and making a personal impact.  This made me realize how easy it is to donate money and feel like you’re doing something positive, which is typically within my personal comfort zone. Interfacing with the homeless community and talking face to face with the Covenant House residents has touched me and left a lasting impact,” said Madison.

Covenant House was founded in 1972 and has since grown to become the largest private shelter organization for homeless youth, with 31 locations spanning North and Central America. Located in the Montrose neighborhood, their Texas branch primarily serves Houston and Harris County, the fourth-most populous counties in the United States.  

Asset Living plans to participate in the 11th annual Covenant House Sleep Out this November. To learn more about the event or Covenant House, visit their website at Read more about Asset Living’s partnership with Covenant House on our blog and to learn about the impact Asset Living is having on local communities across the nation, visit our impact page.

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