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June 7, 2014

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June 7, 2014

So I volunteer at Covenant House. I'm a active duty military member that has served over +10 years. I've two degrees. I'm not an idiot. Copy all, on the salaries...thought however. If this non-profit has survived as long as it has, do you want to pay a good leader to stay there? Or should they be selfless and work modestly? I dunno. That's above my pay grade but I'd be willing to hear both sides of the argument a bit more.

I have a comment on those complaining about all the stuff the Covenant House sends to people. You may not be homeless--but you may know someone who is. Or you may know someone who knows someone who is. Also you may donate to the organization. Free food, free laundry, free clothes, free job search, free resume building, free medical (location dependent). And they still have to pay salaries, benefits, upkeep, etc. I can say the key to fund raising is connections and social networks....from what I've seen anyway. Again I may be full of it and none of you may believe me but guess what I'll doing most weeks? I'll be out in the city every Friday night handing out covenant house sunscreen, chapstick, business cards, wrist bands along with snacks and water just to let boys know they don't have to get beat and girls that don't deserve to be touched at night.

Again maybe I'm wearing rose colored sunglasses. But I see more good than bad.

Ways to make it better...

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

The turn over rate with staff is high. I think they could be more effective if they could retain their staff long term. I have no idea how to do this though. The military takes care of us pretty good. The covenant house I fear doesn't have the same resources.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

November 30, 2010
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November 30, 2010
1 person found this review helpful

Covenant House is an excellent organization working with disadvantaged youths throughout North and Central America. I got to know it very well when I was a volunteer for their NINE-LINE - a hotline for youths at risk -(800-999-9999). Definitely, a donation worthy organization.

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

By working on their Hotline, the NINE-LINE

Ways to make it better...

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

Nothing

August 28, 2009

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August 28, 2009

I have been associated with Covenant House for well over Twenty Years. It started with a book I found written by Sister Mary Rose McGeady titled " God's Lost Children. From that day forward that book inspired me to work towards making others aware of Covenant House and the special things they are doing to assist the Homeless Youth Population in America. I have seen first hand the work this organization has done with changing the lives of young teens and inspire these young adults to have HOPE that their lives are worth living and the smiles on these teens faces instead of frowns and now these teens are crying tears of joy. This organization has spread to some of the biggest cities in America and even some third world countries to ensure this population does not have to worry about the basic needs are met. I have contributed money, time, love, and HOPE to this organization all because of a book and the divine intervention of GOD!! That book and the Covenant House has inspired me to return to college to be a Social Worker, work with this population and families all to work toward volunteering in the Faith Community Program, go to New York and be a small part of the great things this organization. I can go on and on, but to sum it all up is the LOGO of a Dove and the two hands signifies a lot to me of the HOPE inspired by the countless hours contributed by so many to reach all who are in need. I can't begin to share all that this organization has inspired me to become, to want to give back and to recognize that HOPE given to a child who has none can change lives and the Covenant House has been changing lives for so long and continue daily to enrich the lives of the young and frail teens in a city and a world that has cast them aside. Covenant House to me is a Beacon of HOPE to the lives of those who have lost HOPE!! I saw first hand when I was applying for the Faith Community House, I was down at the security guard office and saw a young teen mother with her baby coming to the front doors of the Covenant House for help! That was the greatest testiment I can give to what this organization stands for! I saw teens being teens again, not having to worry about where the next meal was coming from, where they were going to sleep, not having to sell themselves for drugs, food, shelter again, I saw a room full of clothes for kids who have none and the room was full of nice shirts, pants, coats for those kids who were trying to get a job, I saw kids helping and consoling other kids they do not know, I saw laughter, crying, HOPE, pain, tears of joy and tears of sadness.Covenant House provided these kids with opportunity to FEEL again as part of family! I saw adults and teens talking laughing crying together, I saw a kitchen with enough food for every kid and adult have as much as they wanted. I saw employees there because they wanted to be there, not because they had to be there, employees with smiles on their faces after a long hard shift, still wanting to give the last bit of HOPE inspiration to these kids, I saw volunteers there who were so delighted they could give a small part of themselves so freely, I saw men and women of faith doing God's work with these kids. I can go on and on about what this organization means to me, the kids, the people who work there, and the world! The impact of this organization has on society as a whole has to be told to the rest of the world, Covenant House is the largest privately funded agency in the USA helping teens. I can't think of another organization that is doing God's work with little or no recognition. I think that if "The Cov" as it is known to those working with the organization has evolved into a premire world wide organization that recognition for the work they do HAS to be told so others can become a part of The COV!!

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

teens get basic needs met, teens find housing, teens go back to school, receive their GED's, go to college, get off the steets, raise their children, return home to families, laugh, learn to live again, cry, teen families stay together, lives changed

Ways to make it better...

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

NA

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

Everything, the staff, the organization as a whole, individual employees, the kids, the relationships between staff and kids, relationships developed with the volunteers and employees, improved relationship with God, improved professional skills,

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

compassionate, dedicated, passionate about what they are doing there, Different races, cultures, lifesstyles, religious beliefs, old, young, all with one common goal to impact the lives and instill HOPE to the young people

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

ensure every homeless teen had their basic needs met, impact the global cause of homelessness in this population, reduce human trafficing, provide more shelter space and transitional living space for teens to improve their lives

Ways to make it better...

There is nothing negative I can say about this organization`

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

MONEY, SPACE available to teens, more volunteers, better exposure to spread the word of the work they are doing to reduce homelessness and human trafficking of young adults in this country and the world, Basic need items, food, clothing, shelter

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

This organization has impacted my life and the lives of countless kids, adults, and anyone who has come in contact with the Covenant House. The Covenant House has and always will ensure that teens will have a the basic needs met!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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