Covenant House doors are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But supporters recently gathered to sleep out on the street to ensure runaway, homeless and at-risk youth won’t have to. About 130 business and community leaders raised more than $360,000 at the annual Sleep Out.

Statistics provided by Covenant House show the nonprofit assisted more than 20,000 youth last year. Of those, 61 percent of the youth are from Orleans Parish, 24 percent from Louisiana and 15 percent from outside the state. Ages ranged from 10 to 22 and 52 percent were male, 47 percent female and 1 percent transgender.

Sleepers includes event co-chairwomen Liz Sloss and Sally Suthon, executives Joe Exnicios, Bill Hines, Poco Sloss, Tod Smith, Lauren Thom, Mark Romig, Jeff and Walton Goldring, elected officials, judges and more.

Covenant House is at 611 N. Rampart St.

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