UPS Partners with Covenant House
Young people experiencing homelessness are among the most vulnerable to human traffickers. One in five of the youth in Covenant House had come to us as survivors of human trafficking. The figure rose to nearly 27 percent for LGBTQ youth.
UPS Freight Driver Ron Vandermark first learned about the human trafficking crisis when he was trained in the Truckers against Trafficking program. (Truckers against Trafficking began as an initiative of Chapter 61 Ministries in 2009 and became it’s own 501 C3 charity in 2011. It was built on the idea that truckers are the eyes and ears of our highways and, armed with the proper training, can a valuable asset in the fight against human trafficking.)
Ron wanted to learn more about the prevalence of human trafficking in New Jersey, so he connected with Janette Scrozzo at Covenant House New Jersey.
“The more we learned about the work of Covenant House, the more we wanted to get involved at the program level,” said Ron. “We got a group from UPS together and volunteered in job readiness programs run by Covenant House, doing career preparation, inviting the kids to UPS and introducing them to job opportunities. With just a little support, we’ve seen how these young people can really thrive.”
In addition to the New Jersey efforts, UPS, a long-time advocate and partner providing help and hope to youth overcoming homelessness, will have employees doing special service projects with Covenant House youth across the country in October.
UPS employees will be volunteering at Covenant House in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Texas, Georgia, Florida, New York, and New Orleans, providing visits to UPS locations, counseling our youth on job opportunities, and providing mock interviews. UPS employees will also provide hands-on help by sorting donated clothing, helping to beautify our shelters through landscaping work, and providing life skills classes for our kids.
“UPS is dedicated to helping at-risk youth,” said Covenant House President & CEO Kevin Ryan. “And by reaching out to so many of our Covenant House programs, our partners at UPS are providing life skills, and job training, and real jobs with futures that are changing the lives of so many of our kids. UPS is an invaluable partner and we are so grateful.”