Covenant House was founded in 1972 with a clear mission: help homeless children escape the streets. More than 40 years later, we are the largest privately funded charity in the Americas providing loving care and vital services to homeless, abandoned, abused, trafficked, and exploited young people. Our work would be much easier if the issues our kids faced could be solved with a hot meal, a warm shower and a 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 homeless kids, 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 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 young people with a holistic approach to leaving the streets and achieving independence.