Members of Broadway Community Team Up With Covenant House to Sleep Outdoors in New York and Raise Money for Homeless Youth

Rachel Brosnahan, star of Amazon’s award winning “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” at Covenant House’s “Sleep Out: Stage and Screen” event on Monday August 20, 2018.
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The first time actor Rachel Brosnahan, star of Amazon’s award-winning “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” decided to sleep outdoors to help raise money for homeless youth and awareness about their plight, she decided it would not be her last.

It was about six years ago.

Brosnahan was making her Broadway debut in a show called “The Big Knife” at the Roundabout Theatre when the show’s publicist mentioned that a few members of the Broadway community had gotten involved with an organization called Covenant House.

For more than four decades, the organization has been providing homeless, runaway and trafficked young people with a safe place away from city streets.

The publicist mentioned how the Broadway community had partnered with Covenant House to create an event called “Broadway Sleep Out.”

They would spend a night sleeping outdoors at Covenant House’s Midtown site to draw attention to homeless youth between the ages of 17 and 21, while tapping their friends and networks to raise money to help.

“My first ‘Sleep Out’ I was 23 years old. Young people typically age out of Covenant House at 22. So the young people that I met at Covenant House were my peers. With a very small shift in circumstance, we could be standing in very opposite ends of the room,” Brosnahan recalled thinking as she prepared to sleep outdoors for the sixth year in a row Monday night.

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“From that point forward, I wanted to become more and more involved. And I think that’s something that everybody who participates in this event is struck by,” she said.

Since then, Brosnahan has joined the board of directors of Covenant House international and has used her influence to draw supporters of Covenant House’s mission.

“This year, we have the largest number of participants we’ve ever had in this event. The name has changed from ‘Broadway Sleep Out’ to ‘Sleep Out Stage and Screen,'” she said.

Data from the event’s page on Covenant House’s website shows that as of Tuesday, members of the stage and screen community had raised more than $370,000 from 104 participants.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair