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CSE Holds Sleep Out for the Homeless

CSE Holds Sleep Out for the Homeless

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Morristown, N.J. (November 14, 2018) – More than four million children will be homeless in America this year. To help combat this problem, CSE students accepted Covenant House's challenge to spend a night sleeping on the streets. Equipped with nothing more than cardboard boxes, palettes and sleeping bags, students spent their night on the lawns of the Greek Theatre on campus.

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"When we woke up in the morning there was frost all over our sleeping bags," recalls Dianne Nieves, '20. "I knew at any second I could go back to my room, but I wanted to experience what these kids have to go through every single day."

Covenant House is a non-profit organization that provides housing and supportive services to youth facing homelessness across the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. The organization's Sleep Out challenges have raised funding to help provide 700,000 nights of shelter, 1,800 youth with employment and 4,000 youth with stable housing. CSE's Sleep Out raised more than $1,000 for Covenant House.

However, the event wasn't about pretending to be homeless.

"It's an act of solidarity with those experiencing homelessness each year," explains Clare Ettensohn, CSE's campus minister. "It's a decision that we can't stay indoors while so many kids remain outside."

In addition to raising funds, CSE students made blankets and, with assistance from the Campus Kitchen at the College of Saint Elizabeth (CKCSE), prepared nutritious meals for those in need.

"There are so many people who don't have homes or places to stay," says Jessica Velasquez, '20. "We're trying to spread awareness and make sure everyone understands that we can't just look the other way. We need to do something for those struggling with homelessness."

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