Covenant House Sleep Out NY
Last Friday evening, a team of six New York-based Delta employees traded their cozy beds for sleeping bags and cardboard and spent a night on the streets of Manhattan for the Covenant House New York’s Sleep Out - Young Professionals Edition. The event aims to raise awareness and funds to combat homelessness among young people.

“Over the last three years, we’ve watched our fearless leader Gail Grimmett challenge herself to sleep out for this great cause in order to raise awareness about homelessness in New York,” said Edyth Adedeji, Delta District Sales Manager. “We were inspired to follow suit and help raise funds so we can better be stewards in our neighborhood.”

Grimmett, a member of the organization’s board of directors, has been a part of the executive Sleep Out in New York for three consecutive years. She documented her evening last year with a video diary, sharing her impressions of her interactions and experiences throughout the night. Delta leaders in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Detroit and Toronto have also participated in similar Sleep Outs in their cities in previous years.

“It’s not every day that you have the opportunity to give back in a meaningful way but also personally experience – if only for a moment in time – the issue at hand,” said Tanya Morgan, Delta In-Flight Service Director. “I woke up several times throughout the night – cold, uncomfortable and contemplating how so many young people across the nation experience this nightly. This experience brings you closer to the issue of youth homelessness.”

Covenant House Sleep Out NY

The nonprofit Covenant House organization provides care and vital services to homeless, abandoned, abused, trafficked and exploited children throughout the country. Delta supports Covenant House facilities in California, Georgia, Michigan, New York and Toronto, providing volunteers and funding to help the group in its mission of getting kids off the streets.