Mayor dusts off sleeping bag, joins Child & Family Services fundraising SleepOut 2018

March 23 event to raise awareness, funds for youth homelessness

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MANCHESTER, NH – One way to protect yourself from the elements when sleeping outdoors on a cold March night is the warm feeling you get from joining others in a moment of action for an important cause. This is something Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig will find out on March 23, when she and her team spend a night outside to raise awareness and money to help end teen homelessness in NH.

Craig is participating in Child and Family Services of New Hampshire’s annual SleepOut, an event that will take place on March 23 at Stanton Plaza in front of the Downtown Hotel in Manchester.

“I’m pleased to participate in Child and Family Services’ SleepOut this year,” Craig said. “It’s heartbreaking to know young people are experiencing homelessness in our city. The more awareness and funds we can bring to this issue, the closer we as community can come to ending youth homelessness.”

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Mayor Joyce Craig and her administrative team will be sleeping outside in unity on March 23. They could use a donation!

The Mayor will also be joined by her entire office at the SleepOut, including Chief of Staff Ryan Mahoney, Policy and Strategic Outreach Director Lauren Smith and Community Outreach Director Donald Stokes.

Gov. John Sununu will also be losing sleep over this worthy cause, as will Manchester Ward 6 Alderwoman Elizabeth Moreau, as well as many other “teams” (click here to view them all).

Child and Family Services works to stabilize the lives of more than 1,500 runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth in Manchester, Concord, Littleton and the Seacoast every year. CFS provides survival aid, fulfilling basic needs such as food and clothing, and connects youth with shelter and medical care. In addition, CFS provides mental health and substance abuse counseling, and helps youth with educational advocacy, job search, and housing.

To learn more about Child and Family Services SleepOut event, visit

If you’d like to make a donation to Mayor Craig’s team, visit

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