Since 1972, Covenant House has opened its doors to over
Who we serve
In 34 cities across six countries, more than 2,000 young people sleep in a Covenant House bed each night. No one is ever turned away without support of some kind. And our services and programs are available at no cost.
Many complex factors increase a young person’s chances of experiencing homelessness. Demographic risk factors for becoming homeless include being Black, Hispanic, or Indigenous; parenting and unmarried; or LGBTQ+. Children raised in poverty and youth lacking a high school diploma or equivalency also have a higher risk of homelessness.
How we serve
Covenant House meets immediate needs for food, clothing, safety, and medical and mental health care. We have specialized programs for young parents and their small children and for human trafficking survivors. And we help young people experiencing homelessness to advance their goals and achieve sustainable independence with education, job readiness, and career pathways programs.
Through a strengths-based, trauma-informed practice model, refined over time through decades of outcome data, we help young people discover and develop their power to overcome adversity and achieve their dreams. Our continuum of care includes , Immediate Care in our short-term housing program, Transitional Living and Rights of Passage program, public education and prevention, and aftercare and permanent housing support.
Covenant House envisions and works toward a world where every young person has a safe place to sleep and the love, respect, and support they deserve, and need, to thrive.
Mission and principles
We are steadfast in our commitment to build a present and future of safety, healing, housing, and opportunity for young people facing homelessness. Covenant House is committed to providing unconditional love, absolute respect, and relentless support for each young person who walks through our doors.
What we believe
Our five guiding principles
We welcome all youth without judgment or conditions, meeting their immediate basic needs of food, clothing, medical attention, and a safe place to sleep, at no cost.
We acknowledge the bravery it takes for young people to walk through our doors. We offer them a welcoming and safe environment based on absolute respect, unconditional love, and relentless support, where we believe in and encourage their resilience.
We value authentic relationships, honor the voice of our youth, and model caring relationships based on trust, respect, and honesty.
We provide stability and consistency for young people to pursue their great promise.
We honor that young people hold the power to their story. Through relentless engagement we foster confidence and encourage them to believe in themselves and make informed choices about their lives.
How we operate
Covenant House is committed to helping every young person who needs us 24/7, 365 days a year. Our programs and services are fueled by donations from individuals who believe every child deserves to be protected and loved, philanthropic institutions who seek to transform community outcomes, and partnerships with businesses leveraging their scale to empower a just society. Learn how we utilize resources efficiently and maximize our supporters' goodness.
We are Covenant House
Meet the leadership team and board of directors supporting and empowering the young people of Covenant House.Meet the Leadership Team
Kevin M. Ryan
SVP, Transformational Giving
Chief of People, Culture, and Inclusion