Passage House Celebrates 30 Years of Empowering Young Mothers

Kerry Reifel Covenant House History

Nestled in a quiet residential neighborhood, Covenant House Alaska’s Passage House might appear as just another family home. However, its walls hold a remarkable story of 30 years of transformative impact on young mothers and their children.

Established in 1993, Passage House is a five-bedroom transitional living program designed for pregnant or parenting women aged 16 to 24. It goes beyond teaching independent living skills, focusing on nurturing essential parenting abilities. Over the years, it has provided a safe haven for over 300 young women facing numerous challenges.

Gena Graves, the program’s Director of Transitional Living Programs, recalls how Passage House was born out of a critical need. Back then, pregnant teens had nowhere to turn and still keep their babies with them, often lacking family support and societal acceptance. Covenant House Alaska’s decision to create Passage House in a peaceful residential neighborhood was pivotal, offering a supportive environment for these young mothers.

The program empowers its residents to take control of their lives, equipping them with the skills and confidence to succeed independently. From managing daycare to securing employment, Passage House guides these young women towards self-sufficiency.

One of the core goals of Passage House is to instill in its residents the belief that they can achieve great things. With support, young mothers have gone on to build successful careers and earn scholarships, proving the power of empowerment.

As Passage House enters its fourth decade, it continues to serve, providing young women with the guidance and support they need to build better futures for themselves and their children.