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Covenant House strives to be a voice for homeless kids – because they simply can't speak up for themselves. By raising public awareness through the media, we hope to influence community action and government policy on the problem of youth homelessness around the world.


Hurricane Sandy Hits Covenant House Hard

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Along with countless other people on the Eastern Seaboard, Covenant House is still reeling from the blow dealt by Hurricane Sandy at the end of last month.

Before the storm hit, we evacuated scores of homeless kids from our shelters in Atlantic City. Our neighboring shelters in New York City, Newark, Philadelphia and Washington, DC were able to accommodate many of our kids. A day later, we got word that the Atlantic City shelters had flooded – they were under water.

This happened all along the coast of New Jersey – countless homes were destroyed, leaving many people without shelter. The widespread loss of power meant that many of the homes still standing were unlivable. We evacuated kids from particularly hard-hit areas like Asbury Park, Jersey City and Atlantic City and set up a temporary emergency shelter for them inland. We were also able to find space for displaced kids in our one Newark facility with power.

With wild, unpredictable conditions and so many kids in need, we weren’t sure we would have enough resources for this massive rescue effort. But we had you and other generous donors on our side. Actress Vanessa Williams and Newark Mayor Cory Booker asked for donations on behalf of our kids, and actor Ben Stiller wired us an incredibly generous $25,000 to help rescue homeless kids from the Jersey Shore.

We’re still in the process of rebuilding – our supplies have dwindled and we have major repairs ongoing in Philadelphia, Newark and Atlantic City. But we are so appreciative of the generosity of our Covenant House friends in this most urgent time of need. We could not have weathered the storm without you.

If you haven't already given, please help us recover from the aftermath of Sandy with an emergency donation.