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DC executives sleep out in the cold to support homeless

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On any given night in DC, 400 homeless teens are looking for a place to sleep.  Some will couch-surf, staying with friends and family, for as long as they can. Some will have to fend for themselves on the street.

With temperatures in the 40s, three dozen DC CEO's and executives joined some homeless youths to shine a spotlight on the problem Thursday.  They slept outside the Covenant House on Mississippi Street SE with just a cardboard box, a sleeping bag, and a trash bag. The "Sleep Out" was a fundraiser for Covenant House which provides not only shelter, but also job and skills training for homeless teens.Many get their GED there too.

Donte Davis, wound up at Covenant House after spending nearly two years on the street. He's now a freshman at Bowie State University, majoring in bio-engineering.

"I went there because I needed a place to lay my head, so I could rest and then get up and make things happen for myself,"Davis says.

21 year old Rashid Mills is making things happen for himself too. He sought help at Covenant House after leaving the house his parents were struggling to raise eight kids in.

" It was a pathway to something better," Mills says. " I love being in school, I love learning new things. The problems haven't just gone away, but I'm a lot farther along than I would have been without Covenant House."  Mills is a freshman at Bowie State,majoring in math.

Covenant  House Communications Director Alexis Lindsay says homeless teens are misunderstood and they need a voice.

" We are their bridge to success," Lindsay says.

This is the second "Sleep Out" for Michelle Freeman, President of the Carlyle Freeman Group, and minority partner in the Company that owns the Wizards and Capitals.

"For one night, we have to stand up for something that is unacceptable in this country of ours," Freeman says.

The Sleep Out raised $150,000 for Covenant House DC.  Similar events were held in 14 cities across the country.


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