Newark Mayor Cory Booker Calls Covenant House President One of America’s Humble Heroes at Almost Home Book Signing
Before a standing room only crowd at a December 6th book signing event at Barnes & Noble in Manhattan, Newark Mayor Cory Booker joined with co-authors of Almost Home, Covenant House President Kevin Ryan and Tina Kelley, to discuss solutions to the problems faced by homeless youth in America.
“Kevin Ryan is one of America’s humble heroes, doing extraordinary work on behalf of homeless kids,” said Mayor Booker. “It was an honor to write the foreward for Almost Home. People like Kevin and his staff and volunteers at Covenant House are not the people you read about in newspapers or see on television. But I’ve come to believe strongly that the most heroic or biggest thing we can do in a day is a small act of kindness, decency or love. And that is what Covenant House does … provides kindness, decency, and love to kids who need it. Covenant House serves homeless youth, but I actually think that through what they do, they serve us all. They empower lives and change destinies of young people in need.
“We all have that power,” said Mayor Booker. “We can all change lives. It does not take that much of an investment to give homeless kids a doorway to hope. I’ve learned in public service that there is no problem we can’t solve.
“Almost Home is filled with stories about adults stepping up to do big and small things to help kids,” said Mayor Booker. “I’ve seen the enthusiasm in the eyes of the kids at Covenant House Newark. I’ve seen their hope, and how they know big things are possible for them.
“The fact is, I want to put Covenant House out of business. The best way to do that is invest in our kids now, today. That is what Covenant House is doing, and why I am proud to support their efforts in Newark and across the country.”
“It is humbling to work on a book for over two years, and have people come up and say their favorite part is the foreward by Mayor Booker,” joked Kevin Ryan, President of Covenant House and co-author of Almost Home. “I am so grateful for Mayor Booker’s support. He is the kind of leader that draws us to light. He sees in our kids the great promise of their lives, and he provides the programs and leadership to change their futures. He believes like we do at Covenant House that we can change the world, one bold kindness at a time.
“Homeless kids need so many things -- shelter, security, education, job training,” said Ryan. “But the biggest moment that can happen in the life of a homeless kid is when an adult decides they are not going to let go of that kid. Almost Home is filled with these moments, acts of compassion by our staff and volunteers that inspire transformation.
“I’ve seen what these acts of compassion can do,” said Ryan. “I know kids who came to Covenant House homeless who are now doctors, social workers, and good parents. The light that leaders like Mayor Booker provide is so much stronger than the darkness. Together we can change the lives of more homeless kids forever.”