Covenant House Youth in Fort Lauderdale Safely Evacuated
As Hurricane Irma approaches Florida, our Covenant House staff in Fort Lauderdale, led by our Executive Director Jim Gress, has transported our kids from our Covenant House shelter to an evacuation shelter at Plantation Elementary School.
As of now, it appears about 40 homeless youth will be with us at the evacuation shelter. We have a core team of 12 staff members who will live with our kids at the evacuation shelter during this crisis. Staff will include clinical staff members and social workers.
A hurricane brings with it terrible fear and anxiety — and for kids whose only home is our shelter, the prospect of evacuation is terrifying. Many are wondering if they’ll ever get the chance to return.
But our shelter is more than just a set of four walls and a door. It’s the staff who care with all their hearts and are leaving their own families behind to be with our kids. In the days ahead, our resilient staff will remain in the evacuation shelter, ensuring our young people are safe.
Our Covenant House shelter in Fort Lauderdale on Breakers Avenue was staffed up until 10 pm Thursday night. After 10 pm, a sign on the door and auto-message on the phones will direct all youth in need to our outreach team's cell phone.
Meanwhile, our emergency outreach team will stay on the ground in Fort Lauderdale to bring additional kids to safety throughout the storm. We know you join with us in prayer for the victims of this second horrific storm in two weeks. And we thank God every day you stand with our homeless kids to be love in the world for them, every day and night of the year. Thank you so much.