On Friday night, 33 members of our community participated in a virtual Sleep Out with Covenant House NJ! Over the course of the night, our students heard the stories of young people who transitioned out of homelessness with Covenant House’s support, learned about the essential work that they do, and wrote letters to encourage front line staff who are still working to support their clients. At the end of the night everyone “slept out” in their own way—some in backyards or on porches, others in living rooms and bedroom floors. On Saturday morning we gathered for a closing reflection and prayer, all of us looking a little groggy but clearly impacted by the experience.

I want to share a huge THANK YOU to everyone for supporting us and praying for us through this event! I honestly cannot express how inspiring it was to see this Sleep Out happen, after thinking for quite a while that we would have to cancel. Obviously I should never underestimate the dedication and resilience of the Prep community (especially our students!). Thanks to their efforts and your generosity, I’m also very happy to report that we blew past our fundraising goal of $10,000, and have raised $12,190 to date for Covenant House!

You can still donate at our Team Page through the month of June. Thank you for supporting Covenant House’s essential work!

Thank you all and God bless!


John Dougherty is Prep’s Director of Campus Ministry.

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