1st Annual JRG Sleepout in Support of Covenant House

November 13, 2017 from 8:00pm – 7:00am, Joseph Richard Group will be hosting our own Sleepout, where JRG employees will have signed up to participate to raise funds and awareness in support of Covenant House. They will sleep out in the hopes that fewer youths will have to.

The teams will gather at three locations – S+L Kitchen & Bar South Surrey, Oak & Thorne Public House and Townhall Maple Ridge.

Joseph Richard Group is offering a $25 Gift Card for every $50 increment donated to our Sleepout… 

Additionally, for any donation of $1,000 or more, JRG will offer dinner for up to six guests, hosted by JRG Corporate Chef David Jorge (MasterChef Canada winner).

To receive your Gift Card:

  1. Click here to donate to Covenant House via our unique Joseph Richard Group page.
  2. Covenant House will provide you with a tax receipt via email after your donation. They will also provide you with a receipt of your donation via email.
  3. Email proof of your donation to sleepout@jrg.ca and we will personally communicate with you the next steps to receiving your gift card/s, which will be fulfilled November 24th, 5 business days after the conclusion of the event donations-accepted period.
  4. Gift Cards are provided ONLY for donations made to Covenant House via the unique JRG donations page between October 14 and November 17, 2017.


Q: I want to donate directly though a link I saw shared by one of your team members, will it still count for the donation matching? A: Yes, it will!!

Q: I donated to Covenant House already this week, can I forward you my receipt to receive the Gift Cards? A: Unfortunately only contributions made via the Joseph Richard Group Covenant House page are eligible for gift cards to be provided by Joseph Richard Group.

Q: I want to participate too! Can I join? A: This year, only JRG employees and their immediate families are eligible to participate. Your meaningful support can be as simple as sharing about our program to help us raise awareness! Please use this URL to share via email or on Facebook or Twitter: http://covenanthousebc.org/jrg

Additional questions, comments, or feedback can be emailed to sleepout@jrg.ca

Please CLICK HERE to donate today!

Read the full Press Release:

Joseph Richard Group supporting Covenant House sleepout with company-wide participation and public donation incentives

SURREY, BC (Oct. 18, 2017) – After raising more than $35,000 for Covenant House Vancouver’s Sleep Out event last year, the Joseph Richard Group (JRG) will increase its commitment to Lower Mainland at-risk youth by aiming to raise $50,000 this year with its own company-wide Sleep Out event to be held on Monday, November 13 at three of its locations.

Last year, JRG aimed to raise $13,500 for Covenant House and wound up nearly tripling that amount by bringing in $35,576. This year, it hopes to bring in $50,000. In addition to having the entire company participate, JRG will also encourage donations by providing donors with a $25 gift card for every $50 they donate. Additionally, for any donation of $1,000 or more, JRG will offer dinner for up to six guests, hosted by JRG Corporate Chef David Jorge (MasterChef Canada winner).

With approximately 950 people employed at 20 JRG public houses, restaurants, and liquor retail outlets in British Columbia and Alberta, more than 100 employees are expected to spend a night sleeping on the street at one of three JRG locations (Townhall Maple Ridge, Oak & Thorne in Langley, and S+L Kitchen & Bar South Surrey). Three days later (November 16), JRG co-founders Ryan Moreno and Andre Bourque will also take part in the downtown Vancouver Sleep Out–Executive Edition at Vancouver Covenant House.

For Moreno, community philanthropy is an important part of JRG’s corporate philosophy as well as its success. Individual JRG establishments are each involved in neighbourhood events, fundraisers and charities, and being BC’s fastest growing food, beverage and entertainment organization provides JRG with additional opportunities to support the communities it serves.

“We are all fortunate to have a roof over our head and a bed to sleep in,” says Moreno. “Last year, I spent a cold night on the street and got a glimpse into what a night is like for those who are less privileged. We also learned a great deal about the important work Covenant House does and how they support at-risk youth from around the Lower Mainland. It’s a cause that struck a chord with our guests, as well as our employees, whose ages are largely the same as the young adults Covenant House helps.  I was so moved by the experience and felt that there had to be more that we could do. This year, we felt that, together, we could make a larger impact and encourage our guests and everyone in the Lower Mainland to get behind us and support Covenant House. We plan to make this an annual event and our hope is to also inspire other businesses, organizations and people within our communities to get involved.”

Each year Covenant House Vancouver provides shelter, food, clothing and counselling to 1,400 young people through its Daily Drop-In, street outreach, and residential programs. Because Covenant House is 94% privately funded, its Sleep Out events play a critical role in supporting its youth Crisis Program, which provides 35 beds for males, 24 beds for females.

“Our work, and the support of companies like the Joseph Richard Group make a tremendous difference in the lives of street youth in BC,” said Krista Thompson, Executive Director, Covenant House Vancouver. “I want to thank everyone at JRG. We admire their commitment and creativity, and encourage their friends, families and patrons to support this worthwhile cause.”

To make a tax-deductible donation, the public is invited to come by any JRG location, or visit the JRG Sleep Out donation page

About Joseph Richard Group

The Joseph Richard Group (JRG), is one of British Columbia’s fastest growing food, beverage and entertainment organizations. Founded in 2002, JRG is one of British Columbia’s fastest growing food, beverage and entertainment organizations, with 20 public houses, restaurants and liquor retail outlets in BC and Alberta. For more information, visit www.jrghospitality.ca


Jared Harman
Joseph Richard Group
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