Covenant House Pennsylvania
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.
COVENANT HOUSE PENNSYLVANIA
Established in 1999, services began at Covenant House Pennsylvania with a Community Outreach Center where young people were offered a place to eat, and get referrals for more complex needs such as housing and medical care.
We are the largest private child welfare agency in the Delaware Valley, and the largest provider of services to homeless and runaway youth in Philadelphia.
Today we have grown to a diverse agency that provides a full range of services to meet the complex needs of homeless and runaway youth, including Street Outreach programs, a 51-bed Crisis Center, transitional living programs, and Community Service Center. Serving over 5,000 homeless kids every year, Covenant House Pennsylvania is the largest private child welfare agency in the Delaware Valley.
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.
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).
OUR MISSION AND VISION ARE GOVERNED BY FIVE BASIC PRINCIPLES
Homeless kids come to Covenant House in crisis. Immediately and without question, we meet their basic human needs – a nourishing meal, a shower, clean clothes, medical attention, and a safe place away from the dangers of the street.
Homeless kids arriving at our door are often frightened and mistrustful. Young men and women can grow only when they feel safe and secure – Covenant House protects them from the perils of the street and offers that important sense of security.
Lying, cheating, and stealing are common survival tools on the street. Covenant House teaches by example that caring relationships are based on trust, respect, and honesty.
Homeless kids never know how they will get their next meal or where they will sleep. Covenant House provides the stability and structure necessary to build a positive future.
Young people often feel powerless to control their lives and fall into a self-defeating cycle of failure. Covenant House fosters confidence, encouraging young people to believe in themselves and make smart choices for their lives.
Learn more about Covenant House by visiting them online at www.covenanthouse.org.