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Covenant House New Orleans

Helping Homeless Kids in New Orleans

611 North Rampart Street
New Orleans, LA 70112-3505
Phone: (504) 584-1111

Covenant House New Orleans was founded on the edge of the French Quarter 30 years ago to provide a safe haven for homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth (ages 22 and under). We have provided over 20,000 kids with food, shelter, clothing, medical care, educational and vocational support, individual and family counseling, job readiness and placement, short & long-term housing, life skills, and more.

The last fiscal year was a time of continued growth for the residents and staff of Covenant House. Our average daily census climbed to 139 youth and children in FY15 – more than any other Covenant House except New York – an increase of over 200% in the last four years. At the same time, we have been able to lower our average daily cost (per night of shelter) from $238 to $84 per day.

Our youth are among the most damaged in our community; the vast majority are victims of physical and/or sexual abuse, domestic and/or street violence, and the resulting trauma that often leads to substance abuse, mental health issues, and more. Tulane Medical School estimates over 85% suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or some form of profound trauma. As always, we’re committed to an “open intake” policy of never turning away a youth in need. There’s always room for one more.

We provided food, clothing, shelter, and comprehensive services to 719 youth last year, most of whom were served in our emergency Crisis Center. We increased capacity and services in our Rights of Passage (ROP) transitional living program, our “University for Street Kids.” We further expanded the number of off-site independent apartments available for individuals & families and supportive housing for chronically mentally ill youth. Our newest offsite apartments offer graduating youth “tapered” counseling and support until they are fully independent. 60% of our youth come to us from New Orleans, 20% from around Louisiana, and 20% from across the country.

Highlights for the year include:

  • Crisis Care – 527 youth and children took refuge from the streets and abusive homes in our 24/7 emergency Crisis Center, receiving food, clothing, shelter, case management and counseling. We helped51% of our crisis center youth find stable housing, including family reunification whenever possible.
  • Rights of Passage (ROP) – 68 young men, women, and families received longer-term support in our transitional living program, residing on-campus as they worked, saved, continued their education, and built life skills on their path to self-sufficiency and independence. 72% of our ROP graduates secured safe & stable housing.
  • Health Services – 3,920 residents and youth in the community benefited from on-site adolescent and pediatric health services, provided in partnership with Tulane Medical School.
  • Behavioral Health – 95% of our youth received mental and behavioral health services from our licensed counselors (LCSW & LMSW) and a Tulane psychiatrist; 90% of those treated showed improved daily functioning in jobs, school, and social relations.
  • Employment and Job Training – 229 youth were served in our employment programs. 83% found work or entered job training programs like Café Reconcile, Liberty’s Kitchen, JOB1, and our own White Dove Landscaping. (We also teach our youth job search & retention skills and have volunteers who conduct mock interviews.)
  • Education – 31 youth enrolled in partnering GED programs like Youth Empowerment Project; dozens more were supported in grade school, high school or college.
  • Pre-School Education – 28 Covenant House children were enrolled in our Head Start Center operated by Total Community Action; it is the only such center in our region for children of homeless mothers.
  • Return Home – 197 youth were provided with bus tickets across the country to reunite with family or relatives who were able to offer a stable and safe living environment.

We work very hard to be good stewards of your generosity. Thanks to our wonderful community service partners and our expanding volunteer program, we have been able to reduce our day-to-day costs while expanding and enhancing services to our runaway and homeless youth. We are blessed by a dedicated and caring staff who are committed to doing all they can for our kids.

As the number of kids in our care continues to grow, so too does our community support, as illustrated by the success of our fourth annual Sleep Out. 150 business and civic leaders spent a night on the street this past November, showing their solidarity and raising more than $425,000 for our kids.

84% of our budget comes from private gifts and grants, so your support is critical and truly appreciated. Our youth are all good kids, brimming with hope and promise. Together, we are providing them with new opportunities to lead healthier, happier, and more productive lives. We thank you for continuing to believe in their potential – and for your prayers for their futures.

Please click here to view our full FY2015 Annual Report.

Year Established


Programs & Services

  • Crisis Center
  • Crisis Center for Mothers and Children
  • Rights of Passage
  • Rights of Passage for Mothers and Children
  • ROPAL (Rights of Passage Apartment Living)
  • Health Services
  • Childcare
  • Counseling and Referral
  • Addiction Management
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Educational Services
  • Job Skills Programs
  • Mental Health Services
  • Street Outreach

Executive Director

Jim Kelly

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