COVENANT HOUSE MICHIGAN

Rating: 5 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Education, Job Training, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: 2959 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Detroit MI 48208 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Covenant House Michigan is the treasurer of our greatest asset--our youth. The staff tirelessly works to help raise our future up. Their mission far transcends hope. They help breathe life into young people otherwise who have been cast aside. It is important to note that this mission is a statewide initiative. I am proud to support CHM and will continue to do so.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

further expand the center's outreach to other geographic regions of Michigan such as West Michigan, Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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3 people found this review helpful

Covenant House Michigan has a simple call: To love and care for all children and young adults unconditionally. The way they meet that call far exceeds expectations. Most people know CHM offers shelter, food, clothing, and even healthcare services on-site. Did you know it also offers a transitional living program where youths may live up to two years learning to live independently, get a job, and save money? Or that CHM runs three charter schools in Detroit in addition to GED prep classes on its campus? How about the community service centers that provide inner-city kids a safe haven to spend free time engaging in crafts, counseling, computer classes, ESL instruction and other forms of crisis intervention? These services and more are part of a comprehensive "contiuum of care" aimed at equipping all kids with physical, educational, emotional, psychological and spiritual tools and OPPORTUNITIES to succeed, beginning with simply keeping them off the streets. I find it amazing that CHM continued EXPANDING its mission even during this crippling recession. There's an inverse relationship between economic prosperity and demand for CHM's services: as the economy worsens, people donate less which cuts into CHM's budget; yet schools are closing, people are losing their homes, and more kids end up on the street without access to basic necesseties or stability in their lives. So, money goes down while demand goes up. It speaks not only to the quality of CHM staff, but also its amazing base of donors and volunteers who all feel compelled to help a little bit more in times like these.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

spending time with residents, listening to their stories and how far they have come.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

establish a second campus to increase the numbers of beds available in its Crisis Center and Rights of Passage programs, and staff a couple of psychologists.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

making friends with its staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

ordinary people trying to understand and lift up a wounded part of society.

Ways to make it better...

I could offer more time.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

keeping kids encouraged as they graduate or obtain their GED in the face of Detroit's fifteen-plus percent unemployment.

One thing I'd also say is that...

it's hard to convince kids to come through CHM's gates when they don't trust anyone; keep them there when they're so used to struggling; convince them that the work is worth the reward; and accept love when they feel unworthy.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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1 person found this review helpful

Working as a marketing intern, I had an amazing experience at Covenant House Michigan. I wrote articles to promote the organization, interviewed kids, helped organize events, and learned as much as I could about CHM. During my time, I noticed how passionate every staff member felt about his or her job, and how they all felt passionate about helping the kids. Many would take the time to develop personal connections with the kids, and to help counsel and mentor them. From my observation, the organization ran very well. The fundraising events were very successful, and everybody was constantly thinking of creative activities (talent shows, barbecues) to try and make things more fun for the kids. I also noticed how staff members were constantly brainstorming possible improvements to an already successful program - especially improvements with regard to staff unity, job assistance, education, etc.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely passionate and caring, always willing to put in the extra time for their jobs, to either go to events for the kids or to spend time with the kids.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

go a lot further to providing the resources that these kids need, with regard to education, housing, and extra-curricular activities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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