Covenant House: Opening Doors for Homeless Youth
Covenant House was founded in 1972 with the simple, profound mission to help homeless kids escape the streets. Today we are the largest privately funded charity in the Americas providing loving care and vital services to homeless, abandoned, abused, trafficked, and exploited youth.
About Covenant House
Our work would be much easier if the issues our kids faced were able to be solved with a hot meal, warm shower, and clean bed. In reality, there is a wide range of deep-seated psychological, physical, and economic reasons for youth homelessness.
To break the cycle of chronic adult homelessness and bridge the gap of support in the lives of our youth, Covenant House has developed three core services known as our Continuum of Care: Street Outreach, Crisis Care, and Rights of Passage.
These core services are comprised of a wide array of in-house training programs, including healthcare, educational support, GED preparation, job readiness and skills training, drug abuse treatment and prevention, legal services, mental health services, the Mother/Child program, life skills training, and aftercare. These programs are designed to provide our youth with a holistic approach to leaving the streets and achieving independence.
Covenant House Locations and Services Help Thousands of Homeless Kids
Covenant House has shelter facilities are in Anchorage, Atlanta, Atlantic City, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Los Angeles, Managua, Mexico City, Milpas Altas, Newark, New Orleans, New York, Oakland, Orlando, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Tegucigalpa, Toronto, Vancouver, and Washington, D.C. Last year, Covenant House Street Outreach Teams and Residential and Community Service Center programs cared for over 50,000 at-risk and homeless kids in 21 cities in the United States, Canada, and Central America.
For homeless youth all across the U.S., Canada and Mexico – who aren't near one of our sites and need immediate help – Covenant House also operates two toll-free crisis hotlines. Every year, NINELINE in the U.S. and Acercatel in Mexico promptly respond to tens of thousands of crisis calls from frightened youth – and many of the caring adults in their lives.
More Than Just a Homeless Shelter
Covenant House is not your ordinary charity organization. It is a leading advocate on behalf of homeless youth – those who can't speak up for themselves at local, state, national, and international levels of government. We are a member of the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Board of Directors of UNICEF and have a prominent role in The Campaign for U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).