Are you in need of services? Call our intake line: 404-937-6957

Street Outreach

On a weekly basis, CHGA's street outreach team - which includes trained staff & current residents - search areas where homeless youth tend to hide. The outreach team provides these youth with food, information and supplies. In Fiscal Year 2016, CHGA's outreach team connected with  484 vulnerable youth. In addition, CHGA partners with homeless liaisons in the Metro Atlanta schools systems and open campus high schools to receive referrals for youth who are homeless or have run away from home.

Community Service Center

The CSC allows homeless youth who are not residents to access our services. They can shower, wash clothes, get a hot meal, participate in classes and speak with a case manager. Many youth come back to attend GED classes or receive employment assistance. This provides a place of refuge for youth still on the streets and allows us to build trust with youth who have been mistreated by adults in their past.

Crisis Shelter

Emergency shelter ranging from 30-90 days is provided to young people ages 18-21. Medical and mental health care is provided with the focus on primary care, ob/gyn care, prenatal care, STD, HIV, asthma and diabetes screening, health education, and drug awareness and education. Youth who are suffering with severe and persistent mental illness receive or are referred to psychiatric counseling, medication management and help finding supported permanent housing. Youth in the Crisis Shelter participate in educational and vocational programs, learn basic life skills, and seek employment with the goal of creating an independent, sustainable future for themselves.

Rights of Passage

As is the case for many of our youth, a stay in the crisis shelter is not long enough to become self-sufficient. The Rights of Passage program is our independent living program designed to give them more time to reach the goal of self-sufficiency. It is a 24-bed onsite and 4-bed offsite program that youth are eligible for after they have stabilized in the Crisis Shelter and obtained employment. Case managers assist these youth as they transition into independent living. 

Support Services

Educational Program
Our educational program features two different learning communities: An Academic Learning Community, which focuses on general education, GED, adult basic education, and college preparation; and a Positive Youth Development Learning Community, which focuses on self-advocacy, civic engagement, global citizenship, and personal empowerment. 

Job Readiness Program
CHGA's job readiness program prepares youth for entering the job market. Topics include how to find a job, resume building, interview skills, professional behavior, and general office etiquette.

The value of this program cannot be overestimated. Employers get the most out of their employees when they have been given the proper job training. Learning practical job skills with a group of other motivated job-seekers is a fun and exciting opportunity.

Health and Wellness services
Thanks to our partnership with Community Advanced Practice Nurses (CAPN), youth who come to Covenant House Georgia receive a complete physical upon entry into our program. For some, this is the first physical they have received since they were a young child – for some, their first physical ever.

Any health care needs that are identified through the physical are then met through partnerships with area health providers.

We also work to ensure the long term health of our young people by teaching them good health and hygiene habits. Twice a week, the youth attend physical fitness classes. They also have weekly outings to Piedmont Park, local area basketball courts, and other facilities to encourage physical activity and health. Nutritional speakers are brought in to teach our youth about healthy eating, and vegetables are harvested from our organic garden to include in the evening meals of the youth!

Mental Health Services
Kids who have lived on the streets typically have a history of trauma and abuse that led them to flee to the streets, but once on the streets, many youth continue to experience trauma at the hands of another abuser. Our mental health team is experienced in trauma-informed care and provides a variety of treatment services for our youth. 

  • Individual Counseling: Our counselors provide the much needed support to put our youth on the road to healing. Every youth who enters our doors receives an assessment and an individual case plan.  After initial assessment, that youth starts individual counseling according to their case plan so that he/she can begin to deal with the trauma that has led them to this point. 
  • Group Counseling: Group Counseling sessions are provided for youth who have similar backgrounds. In Group youth are encouraged to talk about their situations and share with the group. Through sharing, trust and bonds are created and healing begins.
  • Experiential Therapy: Helping our youth heal from the wounds of their past is what Covenant House Georgia's experiential therapy program is designed to do. We provide an array of recreational and creative therapies to help our youth heal and regain their footing. Art Therapy, Low Ropes Course activities, gardening, and drumming are all utilized to help our youth achieve both emotional and behavioral goals. 

Life Readiness Program
Our life readiness program provides vital trainings such as personal budgeting, financial planning, pursuing a career-track job, community building, strengthening family relations, and many other areas that benefit each youth throughout her/his lifetime.

Other Services
In working with homeless youth, we find ourselves introducing new services on an as needed basis to meet the needs of the diverse population we serve.  Working with our partners, we can create programs which are flexible to meet various needs of our youth.


Children who enter the United States not in the company of a parent or guardian and without legal status are often detained by the Department of Homeland Security. These children are referred to as Unaccompanied Children. Once apprehended, they are placed in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. All Undocumented Children have the opportunity to pursue reunification with a family member, otherwise known as a “sponsor”, in the United States. The sponsor agrees to care for the child until a decision is made on his or her immigration case. Some children are eligible for case management services following release from federal custody. These children often have experienced severe trauma in their country of origin or during their journey to the US and benefit from the additional support of a social worker or case manager during their transition to the sponsor’s home.  Many UAC are able to adjust their immigration status and remain legally in the US. 

Once here, children need support for their basic needs and compassion to overcome the trauma they have experienced. These same vulnerable children also benefit from the tireless advocacy of our case workers, who make essential community connections to create a nurturing environment for a fresh start. Many children are in serious need of social services due to extensive histories of abuse, trauma or neglect.  We ensure the child’s safety after reunification with their family through the provision of in-home social services and linkages to education, legal, health and mental health providers.

Are you in need of services? Call our intake line: 404-937-6957

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