As we continue to explore teen homelessness, this week we are talking about a resource that provides services for homeless teens called Covenant House.
When we think of homeless teens, we probably imagine a teenager with an attitude that doesn’t want to follow the rules. In some cases, this may be true, but in other cases, teens are left with no choice. In last week’s post, Inspiring Stories about Homeless Teens, I shared the stories of Nicholas and Samuel. Nicholas was kicked out of his home because he came out as being gay. Samuel had no place to go after he was told that the armed forces weren’t for him.
Where can these teens go?
The next step after being either kicked out of their homes or leaving them is to find a place to stay. Sometimes they may stay with a close friend on their couch temporarily. Or, they will find a place to sleep on the streets.
Or, they may seek out a resource that can help them with shelter and to deal with the issue that put them onto the street in the first place. One of those places, is our featured resource this quarter, Covenant House.
What is Covenant House?
Since 1972, Covenant House has opened their doors to more than 1.5 million young people experiencing homelessness and survivors of human trafficking. Every young person at Covenant House receives a warm bed, food, health and wellness services, a case manager, and, most important of all, unconditional love and absolute respect. Through their outreach into the community, they are able to meet homeless teens where they are, on the street, and provide them with assistance.
Here are a few facts about them
- They are open 24/7 to take in teens
- More than 2200 teens wake up in a Covenant House bed every day
- They provided over 790,000 nights of safe housing to youth in the past year
- There are twenty-seven locations in the United States and eight additional locations in Canada and Latin America.
What services do they provide for Homeless Teens?
According to their website, Covenant House provides shelter and support to teens facing homelessness
They provide emergency services like short term housing, mental health services and legal aid to teens and young adults ages 16-22.
Housing and Stability
Their doors are open 24/7 to provide shelter for teens. They are also able to respond to the needs of people who are young survivors of human trafficking, those who identify as LGBTQ+, and those who are pregnant or parenting solo.
Covenant House offers counseling and wellness programs to help teens deal with the trauma of being homeless. They also help them take control of their lives to build up their lives and their self confidence.
Education and Workforce Development
Obtaining education and preparing or the world are key skills to have when getting out of teen Homelessness. Covenant House provides programs that teens and young adults are excited to participate in, help them grow professionally, have a livable wage, and help them become independent.
What can we do?
How do we hep teens who are homeless? We start by listening to what they have to say about what happened and help them to find resources like Covenant House to help them start to make things better.
To keep teens from becoming homeless in the first place? Create that safe place for your teens to come and talk to you about what is bothering them. Be open minded about what they are going through and what they see as the solutions. Sometimes that two way conversation can help both sides come to a solution for the issue. If you are in need of any resources for the issues your teen is facing, be sure to check out our Resources page.
The Street’s Way is coming in 2024
Do you know about The Way Series? It is a series of coming-of-age novels for teens and young adults about the challenges they face. Coming this spring, The Street’s Way, the third book in The Way Series. It is a continuation of the storyline in books one and two, but also introduces a character who is running away from home and a bad situation.
Follow this link to my books tab to learn more about the series and to pick up your copies!