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WSU First Lady, HIGH Program Founder Jacqueline Wilson to help raise awareness, funds for homeless

August 13, 2014

It's one thing to empathize with the homeless. But a group of local executives plan to take action: They'll sleep in cardboard boxes in November to raise awareness and funds for the homeless. They're aiming to raise $100,000 through the Nov. 20 "Sleep Out: Executive Edition" for Covenant House Michigan and the more than 5,000 homeless youth in Metro Detroit who wander the streets on any given night in search of a warm bed, a hot meal and someone to care. Presented by the Detroit Auto Dealers Association and sponsored by Delta Air Linesand others, the Sleep Out will take place the same night as similar events in 15 cities across the country, from Anchorage to New York. Michigan first lady Sue Snyder and Wayne State University first lady Jacqueline Wilson, who is founder of WSU's Helping Individuals Go Higher Program, are co-chairing the event. Following Covenant House's 17th public Candlelight Vigil Against Homelessness on its Detroit campus, executives staying the night will get a tour and engage in roundtable discussions about the issue of homelessness before turning in. They'll sleep in cardboard boxes lined with a sleeping bag and sitting on the pavement of the Covenant House campus.