NEW ORLEANS - 11-08-2016
Sheriff Marlin Gusman is joining other business and community leaders in supporting homeless and at-risk youth in New Orleans and across the country by participating in Covenant House's annual Sleep Out fundraiser the evening of Nov. 10.
As part of Thursday's event, which is occurring in 13 cities across North America, Sheriff Gusman will spend a night on the sidewalk with nothing but a sleeping bag and a cardboard box to raise funds and show solidarity with nearly one million homeless and at-risk youth across the country, including 26,000 at-risk youths in the greater New Orleans area.
Sheriff Gusman, who has taken part in the New Orleans Sleep Out since it began in 2012, and the other participants are asking the local community to donate money to help Covenant House of New Orleans reach its 2016 fundraising goal of $450,000.
"I'm honored to join other New Orleans leaders and community members to raise awareness for and give a voice to the homeless and at-risk children in our community," Sheriff Gusman said. "I encourage everyone in New Orleans to donate to this important cause, which greatly benefits our city's youth and also adds to the safety and well-being of everyone living here."
The money donated to the Sleep Out fundraiser aims to provide food, clothing, shelter, medical and behavioral healthcare, individual and family counseling, job readiness training and placement, educational support, life skills development, short and long-term housing, and more to benefit those enrolled in Covenant House programs.
The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office (OPSO) also operates a program to improve the quality of life of children in the greater New Orleans area. The OPSO Young Marines chapter, which provides alternatives for youth by seeking to instill a sense of pride in themselves, their community and their country, was recognized by the Department of Defense in 2012 for its efforts to spread an anti-drug message to other young people in New Orleans.