I think it is important for donors to know that, although this charity is extremely valuable, they will be put on a mailing list, not only for this organization, but countless others, as a result of the donation. Writing to request removal from these lists is not helpful. You must make a phone call to Covenant House making that specific request.
I wish I had been given the ability to opt out at the time of my donation.
My mailbox fills with envelops from Covenant House with unused return postage on it. What a poor use of funds - when I suspect not only mine, but many other donations are initially made online.
My rating of 2 stars in no way intended to reflect my opinion of the quality of service provided to the agency's target group. It is my hope that seeing the lower score, my concerns will be addressed.
Review from Guidestar
Covenant House is often the last buffer between homeless kids and fulfillment of their high at-risk status for predators. Covenant House's advocacy for homeless kids is most evident in their tremendous outreach program and they fill in the gap that families, schools and government agencies cannot begin to complete...the kid's emotional need for love and protection and a promise that though these kids may have nothing, they are indeed important and can rise above street life and its material limitations to become productive, faithful and conscientious members of society. They offer hope to those who have none.
Instead of providing "three hots and a cot" like traditional shelters, Covenant House offers this wide array of services which help homeless kids become self-sufficient.
I think that's what sets them apart from so many organizations. They don't just provide a temporary fix to the situation... they invest a tremendous amount of time in each young person's life so they transform into successful adults. There is job training and placement, life skills classes, independent living coaches and so much more. But most importantly, Covenant House's loving staff is ready to step in and be the family that most of these kids never had.
What people don't realize is that Covenant House welcomes kids who truly have no other place on earth to go. These are kids who runaway from abuse by the very people who should be loving them. They runaway from traffickers and pimps. And sometimes they run away from the unavoidable circumstances of having to survive alone on the streets.
From the leadership of Kevin Ryan down to the receptionist who greets young people when they take that courageous first step through the doors of Covenant House, this organization is wholeheartedly committee to saving lives.
God bless everyone who works at Covenant House and God bless the young people who find solace there.
In the past I've attended their "Deck The Halls" Event. I helped decorate the shelter s well as wrap Xmas gifts donated to the residents. I'm looking forward to doing it again this year as I enjoyed volunteering their. The kids seem to enjoy the atmosphere there and that's something that I can support!
I recently saw this charity featured on Good Morning America. The story focused on a young girl named Nigeria, and truly inspired me to want to help homeless youth. I know I'll be supporting these folks for a VERY long time. - Travis
I've been donating to Covenant House for about 2 years after a friend of mine participated in one of their sleepouts. Since then he's continued to volunteer and talk about how worthy of a cause they are to support. I've heard a few success stories, and the resources are definitely going to the right places. Hope they can keep it up.
Covenant House is such an inspirational program. I was able to sleep out in the past with friends in order to support the many youth who receive support from Covenant House. It was a great learning experience and I look forward to participating and bringing more friends with me in future.
Covenant House continues to impress me with its tremendous commitment to saving kids and helping them realize their full potential.
Like the song says, "Children are our future" but far too many children are in horrible circumstances with no hope for a productive future. Covenant House people work miracles with young people who are trying to better their lives. If they need education, they get that. If job search help is needed, they get that. If hungry, they are fed. If homeless, they are sheltered. My favorite charity for changing our world.
Review from Guidestar
For two years I have participated in their Broadway Sleep Out and volunteered. I've met the kids whose lives have been forever impacted by the good Covenant House does, seen the pride the staff takes in their facilities, and directed homeless kids to a warm meal and the help they need. I wholeheartedly endorse the vital work they do here!
Covenant House is truly an inspirational organization. I suggested that my younger Cousin after a major falling out with my Aunt. Covenant House took him right him and supplied him with food,clothing, and shelter. They've even helped him continue his education, maintain a job, and taught him how to save money for his very own apartment.
The change in my Cousin's behavior and the impact that Covenant House has had on him may have saved his life. He's raved about the staff and how it's easy to tell that they truly care about the residents. For the first time I feel that he's respecting other people, and sincerely trying to maximize his potential. Also, he took the first step and mended his relationship with my Aunt :-) .
I've seen first hand how Covenant House can help homeless youth, and troubled teens in general. I thank them for their effort and dedication, and will continue to support them moving forward.