Mission & Vision
Covenant House's Mission
“We who recognize God’s providence and fidelity to His people are dedicated to living out His covenant among ourselves and those children we serve, with absolute respect and unconditional love. That commitment calls us to serve suffering children of the street, and to protect and safeguard all children. Just as Christ in His humanity is the visible sign of God’s presence among His people, so our efforts together in the covenant community are a visible sign that effects the presence of God, working through the Holy Spirit among ourselves and our kids.”
Our Five Principles
Youth experiencing homelessness or trafficking come to Covenant House in crisis. Immediately and without question, we meet their basic human needs—a nourishing meal, shower, clean clothes, medical attention and a safe place away from the dangers of the street.
Youth experiencing homelessness or trafficking arriving at our door are often frightened and mistrustful. Young men and women can only grow when they feel safe and secure. Covenant House protects them from the perils of the street and offers them an important sense of security.
Lying, cheating and stealing are common survival tools on the street. Covenant House teaches by example that caring relationships are based on trust, respect and honesty.
Youth experiencing homelessness or trafficking never know how they will get their next meal or where they will sleep. Covenant House provides the stability and structure necessary to build a positive future.
Young people often feel powerless to control their lives and fall into a self-defeating cycle of failure. Covenant House fosters confidence, encouraging young people to believe in themselves and make smart choices for their lives.
To make the experience of youth homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring.
Youth experiencing homelessness have rights.
The right to a home.
The right to food.
The right to guidance.
The right to an education.
The right to be free from sexual, emotional, or physical abuse.
The right to be free from exploitation.
Youth experiencing homelessness have the right to be safe, and most importantly, to be loved.