State House Camp-Out Raises Money For Homeless Youth - New York News

State House Camp-Out Raises Money For Homeless Youth

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Trenton, New Jersey (My9NJ) - On Friday night, Chaser Tamara packed her sleeping bag, toothbrush, and chase-cam and joined a small group of Republicans and Democrats for the first ever legislative sleep-out on the lawn of the state house to raise awareness and funds for homeless youth in New Jersey.

This fundraiser was organized by Covenant House, the largest privately funded agency in the Americas providing shelter, food, immediate crisis care, and an array of other services to homeless and runaway youth.

Tamara arrived at the state house at 8:00pm and was put into a small group along with Senator Jennifer Beck, Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg, and two amazing youth from Covenant House, Vivian and Donovan.

Vivian shared her story about how she came to the Covenant House.

“I was living with my grandmother and she kicked me out, my godmother brought me to the Covenant House. Since I’ve been here they’ve been amazing. They welcomed me with open arms, they have blessed me, my faith has grown tremendously,” she explained.

Vivian said that the organization has given her encouragement to do things she otherwise never would have the chance to do.

After Tamara met her group, they all went outside to get some sleep having only a cardboard box and a sleeping bag. She said that the night was cold, the ants invaded their sleeping bags and the experience wasn’t easy for anybody. Unfortunately, this is the sad reality for many of New Jersey’s youth.

In the end, the fundraiser brought in $25,000 for the Covenant House.


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