The Big Sleep Out was founded by Guilford High School student Ella Stanley in the Spring of 2017. The first event was held on April 27, 2018 with the mission of spreading awareness and developing a community of compassion. Since then, the annual events have raised a total of over $12,000 for Columbus House, a homeless shelter in New Haven. The project is a joint effort of First Congregational Church, Christ Episcopal Church, and St. George Church. We are currently preparing for our third year!