Programs: Shelter and crisis care - covenant house provides emergency shelter and crisis care to runaway homeless and trafficked youth between the ages of 18-21. With 40 beds in newark and 27 in atlantic city, the focus is on stabilizing the young person's crisis by welcoming them to a safe environment and proving food, clothing and a warm bed. This year, our emergency shelters took in 575 young people, who had nowhere else to turn.
rights of passage -rights of passage (rop) is a transitional living program for youth that have stabilized from crisis and demonstrated that they are prepared to take on responsibilities such as employment, cooking/cleaning, and budgeting. There are rop programs in atlantic city and newark, each housed in a building divided into small apartments that include a kitchen, bathroom, a living room, and two bedrooms. In fy17, rop newark housed up to 14 youth at once, rop atlantic city housed up to 13 youth at once. Rop youth continue to receive case management and have access to all of the supportive services offered at chnj's crisis/community service centers.
community service center - the newark and atlantic city community service centers are the core of our service provision in north and south jersey. There, we provide an array of important services to residents and day service clients (non-residents) to encourage, engage and empower homeless youth to become self-sufficient. These services include counseling, case management, career development, educational services, legal assistance, physical and mental health care, and assistance locating affordable housing. We also screen young people for human trafficking and offer additional services to address the trauma associated with this experience.
raphael's life house:our mother and babies program in elizabeth, nj provides a safe haven for twelve young mothers and their newborns for a period of up to one year, with an additional six months of community-based aftercare. The program enables mothers to take care of themselves and their babies with dignity, while sharing responsibilities in a family-like setting. Through extensive case planning and management, the staff assists each mom prepare for the challenges of childcare and parenthood. Nancy's place: nancy's place is an 8-bed program located in montclair that provides housing and supportive services to young people whose primary reason for homelessness is mental health challenges. In response to the special needs of this unique population, the program is staffed around the clock and offers the intensive care that these young people need to become self-sufficient. Outreach:covenant house new jersey (chnj) conducts direct street outreach and operates drop-in centers in asbury park, jersey city, and camden. Outreach teams traverse some of the roughest parts of new jersey by van and on foot, meeting at-risk and homeless youth on their own turf in order to connect them to food, shelter, and supportive services. The drop-in centers not only act as hubs for street outreach operations, but also allow outreach staff to offer case management and services, including vocational support and educational tutoring. In fy17, our outreach teams touched the lives of over 3,000 homeless, at-risk, and trafficked youth, linking them to shelter and helping to move them to a positive living environment. Behavioral health services:the organization provides youth with on-site counseling by licensed clinical social workers to help address past trauma and equip them with coping mechanisms and tools necessary to move forward with healthy and productive lives. External referrals are provided for young people requiring a higher level of care or more specialized services than available in-house. Program development:development services are the costs related to developing and sustaining new and existing programs, including related funding sources. Supportive apartment living:the supportive apartment program provides housing opportunities to youth who have demonstrated the ability to live independently and require minimal support. The organization owns the apartments, but does not provide on-site supervision. Program youth receive case management and other supportive services throughout their tenancy.