Reggie's Sleepout

Join us as we celebrate the spirit of community and help give homeless kids a future to dream about.

Last year nearly 1,500 youth in Polk County had no place to call home. Many couldn't go to school, keep warm, or get enough to eat. All needed help. Iowa Homeless Youth Centers has work with many of these youth to get a toehold on a new life.

Reggie Kelsey, the namesake of the event, was a young man who didn’t get these opportunities. He aged out of the foster care system and three months later with no resources to turn to, was found dead in the Des Moines river. The funds raised from Reggie's Sleepout are used for programs which help these homeless youth transition to a life as a successful and productive member of their community. For the past six years, our community has reached out to remember Reggie with a fundraising event, Reggie’s Sleepout. Last year nearly 1,000 people registered to sleepout under the stars to raise more than $168,000 for homeless youth. This event raises awareness and money to address the crititcal problem of youth homelessness in Central Iowa. All proceeds from this event benefit Iowa Homeless Youth Centers.

Important Details

Saturday, November 16

  • Registration 3:00pm-7:00pm
  • Sleep out 3:00pm-7:00am (activities 3:00pm-10:00pm)

Drake Stadium located on 27th and Forest

For more information visit Reggie's Sleepout or take a look at the official Reggie's Sleepout Flyer

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