The Sleep-Out ChallengeTeaneck, NJ (April 7, 2009) — To raise awareness of homelessness, “The Sleep-Out Challenge” begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 10 on the Weiner Library Green and concludes at 2 a.m. Organizations as well as individuals are welcome to participate in this event.
For the past three years, the Business Leaders of Tomorrow (BLT) has sponsored the Sleep-Out Challenge with great success. Students from a variety of clubs, interest groups, teams, sororities and fraternities come together to underscore the magnitude of the homeless problem in America. In the U.S alone there are more than 3.5 million people that are now homeless and, with increasing foreclosures, that number has reached its highest level in more than 20 years.
Throughout the evening, participants will create their own cardboard houses. BLT will provide boxes, tape and scissors. A talented local band will perform and a soup kitchen will be provided.
For the first time, the event will have the support of Teaneck High School students and their chaperons.
The Sleep-Out Challenge will take place regardless of the weather. Participants will gain an appreciation of what it is like to sleep in a cardboard house in rain, sleet or cold. Appropriate clothing is very important.