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Over the last 35 years, Covenant House has grown from a single-apartment unit to an international authority on the issues surrounding homeless youth. In that time, our mission has not changed, nor has our commitment to serving homeless youth. What has changed is our size and scope. Spanning 6 countries and 27 cities, Covenant House provides a complete range of programs from Crisis Care to Rights of Passage and every step in between.
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The opening of the first Covenant House door coincided with the opening of its first heart. One night, during a snowstorm in 1969, a simple Franciscan priest was moved to welcome several homeless youth in from the cold. When Father Bruce Ritter made that choice to practice what he preached, he gave hope to homeless youth everywhere. Covenant House was formally incorporated in 1972.
Today, Covenant House opens doors of opportunity and hope to homeless youth. We welcome all homeless youth to invite them to learn how to open their own doors, hearts and futures. Our door is open to anyone regardless of race, creed, gender or the circumstances that have brought them to our threshold.
Currently, under the leadership of Kevin Ryan, Covenant House serves 55,000 homeless kids annually giving them the love and support they need to find their way off of the streets.
Covenant House is more than just a place to stay. It is a belief that we and our partners can do more than feed and clothe. We can counsel, mentor, heal, advocate, inspire, transform and heal. Together we can create a future where no youth is forced to spend the night on the street.
Covenant House sites include: Alaska, California (Los Angeles and Oakland), Florida (Fort Lauderdale and Orlando), Georgia, New Orleans, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey (Atlantic City and Newark), New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington D.C., Vancouver, Toronto, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua.