Executive Sleep Out raises $280K to combat teenage homelessness

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- St. Louis area executives and community leaders braved cold temperatures overnight to sleep outside. They participated in order to raise awareness about the problem of homeless teens in St. Louis. A total of 21 people slept outside in the parking lot at the Covenant House Missouri for its fourth annual Executive Sleep Out.

Express Scripts President and CEO Tim Wentworth was among those sleeping out. He is the Honorary Chair for this year`s event.

The Missouri Covenant House serves young people between 16 and 21-years-old who are not in the foster care system. Officials say nearly 2,500 youth in the St. Louis area face homelessness every year. The Covenant House has 52 beds where kids can get off the streets and live here for a time. They can stay for up to two years. They can participate in several programs and learn job related skills. A school is also set to open there in January to help kids get their high school diplomas.

This is a major fundraiser for the Covenant House. Each sleeper is asked to raise $5,000 and there are corporate sponsorships as well.

Nearly $280,000 has been raised this year.

Covenant House Missouri is located at 2727 North Kingshighway.

For more information visit: covenanthouse.org/homeless-charity/missouri