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Back to School 2019

The Back to School Campaign! 

 
Back to School 20191 in 17.7 high school students experience homelessness. 
This often makes youth, like Zoey*, feel forced to choose between their educational pursuits and getting their immediate needs of food and shelter met. Here at Covenant House Georgia, we believe in our youth’s right to reach their educational, professional and personal goals, and we work diligently to provide them with the safety, stability and support needed for their goals to be achieved.
 
When Zoey* arrived at our shelter she was experiencing depression and anxiety due to her past trauma and uncertain future. She was only two months away from graduating high school, but this seemed like an impossible goal while experiencing homelessness. Thanks to Covenant House staff's support, encouragement, and connection to resources, Zoey was able to earn her high school diploma (with honors!) in May! She is now preparing to attend university in the fall and plans to become a neurologist!
 
Support youth like Zoey* this Back to School season by helping Covenant House Georgia raise $35,000 
by September 1st, 2019!
 

Click Here to Donate Today!

Scroll down to read more about what our youth have had to overcome to reach their high school and post-secondary goals. Every donation makes a life-changing impact!  


 Become a Covenant Keeper! 

As a Covenant Keeper, you will bring youth out of homelessness throughout the year with a monthly donation. You will also receive: 
  • Recognition on our website
  • Updates on the youth at Covenant House 
  • Special invitations to events throughout the year

CLICK HERE to become a Covenant Keeper

*Don't forget to check Yes for I would like my donation to recur.


Back to School 2019Jalissa experienced homelessness for the first time at just 13 years old. She and her brothers bounced between family members across the U.S. in order to have a place to stay. With each move Jalissa had to adjust to a new home, neighborhood and school. After finally finding some semblance of stability in high school, her world shifted again when her mother passed away. Jalissa found the motivation to complete high school and enroll in college despite this major loss all while experiencing continued instability. After finding herself facing homelessness yet again, in desperation she reached out to her university's Dean of Students for support and finally found Covenant House Georgia (CHGA). 

During her time at CHGA, Jalissa has transitioned from our Crisis Shelter into our 2 year independent living program, has advocated for her peers by participating in our Sleep Outs, and is pursing a degree in business at Georgia State University. She is excited to achieve her goal of earning a dual MBA and Law degree! 


"Covenant House has really encouraged me to pursue my dreams and aspirations."

Back to School 2019Cortez came to Covenant House Georgia (CHGA) 3 years ago in need of a safe place to sleep, a meal to eat, and support to reach stability. After receiving the critical services we provide through our shelter and independent living program, he quickly moved into his very own apartment with the help of CHGA staff. These successes allowed Cortez to focus on his dream of pursuing a college degree. At CHGA we expose our youth to different colleges and courses of study which allowed Cortez to find the perfect school -- Gordon State University! CHGA staff assisted with his college application fee, campus housing deposit, and scholarship applications to make his dream of attending this school a reality. We are excited to announce that Cortez moved into his campus dorm last week! 


Cortez has worked hard to build a bright future for himself, but he has also selflessly supported others. Over a year ago he joined our Street Outreach team as a youth ambassador and has offered support to those currently experiencing homelessness on the streets of Atlanta. We know that he will continue to impact people's lives as he achieves his goals of studying Industrial Organizational Psychology, pursing his PhD, and starting his own organization to support youth who are struggling. 


Questions?
Contact Georgia O'Farrell, gofarrell@covenanthouse.org or (404)937-6935. 


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