Local Entrepreneur Teams up with Covenant House and Youth Unlimited to Fight Homelessness

Local entrepreneur Ryan Moreno and The Joseph Richard Group are gathering together the movers and shakers from across the region to combat homelessness. To kickoff Homelessness Action Week, October 7th to 13th, The Joseph Richard Group is teaming up with Covenant House Vancouver and Youth Unlimited to launch fundraising efforts for the 2nd Annual JRG Sleep Out.

Each year, Homelessness Action Week brings together communities and organizations throughout the region in an effort to raise awareness and rally together resources for one of Metro Vancouver’s most prevalent issues. Any given night, over 1000 youth can be found living on the streets across the Lower Mainland. These youth are exposed to the elements, afraid and left without hope. Ryan Moreno, CEO, and Co-Founder of The Joseph Richard Group has been committed to this cause for many years. Moreno spearheaded last year’s 1st Annual JRG Sleepout that fundraised over $116,000, supporting Covenant House Vancouver by providing hope to homeless and at-risk youth in the community.

“Last 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. This annual event is intended to inspire other businesses, organizations and people within our communities to get involved” explained Moreno.

This year, The Joseph Richard Group will be partnering with Covenant House Vancouver and Youth Unlimited for the 2nd Annual JRG Sleepout. For over 20 years, Covenant House Vancouver has been a safe haven for homeless and at-risk youth in Vancouver. Funds raised support those who have fled physical, emotional and sexual abuse, been forced from their homes, or have aged out of foster care.

“The impact the JRG Sleepout has had on our community is incredible. We are so grateful to their commitment to our programs and bringing awareness and resources to efforts that support homeless in the community” explained Kim Wing, Development Officer at Covenant House Vancouver.

Youth Unlimited will also be supported by the fundraising efforts, helping youth throughout Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley discover their potential. The organization helps vulnerable or marginalized individuals learn life skills and discover their true potential through a variety of support programs.

The Joseph Richard Group’s 2nd Annual Sleep Out in support of Covenant House Vancouver and Youth Unlimited takes place November 5th from 8:00pm – 7:00am. To find more information about how you can get involved, raise funds and build awareness, visit

About The Joseph Richard Group

The Joseph Richard Group (JRG), is British Columbia’s fastest growing hospitality organization. Founded in 2009 by childhood friends Andre ‘Joseph’ Bourque and Ryan ‘Richard’ Moreno, JRG is made up of 25 public houses, restaurants and liquor retail outlets in BC and Alberta. For more information, visit

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