Transformation Tuesday: Making Progress in a Pandemic

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Every Tuesday, we like to share transformation stories of the youth here at Covenant House! This way, our partners and supporters can see how we make a difference together. No matter how big or small the accomplishment, we celebrate every step forward. Today’s transformations come out of our Rapid Rehousing Program:

Amidst COVID-19, experiencing homelessness has certainly been a roller coaster for many at Covenant House Alaska – sorrow and joy, confusion and clarity, pity to perseverance. From shelter lock downs to shelter transplants, changing policies to reduced work opportunities, the pandemic has obscured the path forward for many of Alaska’s most vulnerable youth. What’s incredible is that through all of the uncertainty, we continue to see transformations and progress. All of this is because of the resilient nature of our youth, and our compassionate staff who continue to show up for them every day.

Covenant House’s Rapid Rehousing Program (RRH) is aimed at helping young adults gain momentum as they transition into independence and out of homelessness. To maintain this momentum, employment is a necessary element in their journey; considering the events of early 2020, this has been very challenging. 

Read More about Covenant House’s impact during the COVID-19 pandemic

However, despite the limited job market, two youth in the Rapid Rehousing Program gained employment; one working at a local pizza shop and the other at a downtown gift store. By doing so, they have taken the necessary steps toward keeping their apartments when their time in the Rapid Rehousing Program comes to an end.

Another one of our youth, Jared, entered our Rapid Rehousing Program in May and immediately attacked his goals and ambitions. In order to stay ahead, Jared used his stimulus check to pay in advance for three months of rent. He has been diligent at work and has been dedicated to making all of his appointments (a hard task for any adult!). He even recently purchased his first vehicle. Jared’s hard work and commitment to his independence despite experiencing homelessness is truly inspirational.

While the pandemic has changed how we provide services and made things more challenging for youth experiencing homelessness, these transformations illustrate how we can continue to move forward even when it seems like the world is at a standstill.

Thank you to our partners and friends in the community who have continued to show your support to our cause. We couldn’t make an impact without you, your contributions, and your time. 

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