Covenant House Florida, Inc.
Rating: 5 stars 1 review
Issues: Homeless & Housing, Human Services
Location: 733 Breakers Ave Fort Lauderdale FL 33304 USA
Mission: CHF's mission, shared by its international affiliates, began in 1969 in New York City with a vision that kids should not be alone and on the streets. Formalized in 1972, Covenant House developed its cornerstone "open intake"--24-hour acceptance of any youth seeking initial help. Covenant House developed 5 guiding principles: immediacy--meeting basic needs first; sanctuary--safety from the street; value communications--teaching positive qualities; structure--stable environment; and choice--opportunities for self-determination. CHF began services in 1985 in response to strong community support for services for disconnected kids who had nowhere to go for help.
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I have never seen homelessness in this light before. Too often, we sit and think about the homeless being simply a tired old man sitting on the side of the road with a cardboard sign and beer nearby. However, being a full-time volunteer here at Covenant House Florida has taught me that homelessness is not just for that stereotype, but that it can affect anyone--including our youth. Youth are our future, and I am thankful to be a part of an organization that is helping homeless and runaway youth to build a better future for themselves. This residential facility has provided shelter to thousands of youth over the years, and I hope that it continues to be around for as long as its needed to fight against the cycle of poverty.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
seeing the attitudes and hearts of the youth change and open up as they stay at the organization.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
give them a new facility.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
the ability to share myself with these youth and make a positive impact on their lives.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
friendly, energetic, and hopeful for these youth.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
change the face of homelessness in Ft. Lauderdale and Orlando--and other areas of Florida.
Ways to make it better...
there were more funds to provide for more activities.
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...
a decrease in donations, and the size of the facility.
One thing I'd also say is that...
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every week
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