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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Homeless Shelters, Human Services

Mission: Covenant House provides a community of hope and healing to homeless young people in need of a safe haven. For kids who have run away from or been forced out of their family home or aged out of foster care, Covenant House provides a temporary home and a continuum of services designed to help them escape the streets forever and transition to a life with stable housing, a solid educational foundation, and sustained employment. . Founded in 1972, Covenant House has reached more than one million young people with immediate assistance and the support necessary to transition from a life on the streets to a life with a future.

Programs: Covenant House Crisis Centers provide safe housing, food, clothing, case management, counseling, medical care, and other support services. Covenant House Crisis Care programs operate 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

46

Donor

Rating: 2

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

15

Donor

Rating: 5

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

15

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

7 ElfsMom

Donor

Rating: 5

Covenant House continues to impress me with its tremendous commitment to saving kids and helping them realize their full potential.

Previous Stories
11

Donor

Rating: 5

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

9

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

5

Donor

Rating: 5

Covenant House cares for homeless and at-risk young people. They met the youth where they are - whether they need a warm meal, a place to sleep, help getting their GED or finding a good-paying, stable job. Covenant House treats each young person that walks through their door with unconditional love and absolute respect, as expressed in their mission statement. Sometimes it is the first time these young people have felt safe, loved, encouraged to believe in themselves. The work Covenant House does 24 a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year is so important, it is life changing and lifesaving.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

Covenant House has long impressed me with the wonderful work that it does with young adults. This age group can seem so grown up but often are hiding their suffering and injuries. If we can give them a hand to conquer their pain, they can develop into amazing persons. Covenant House is the means to making this happen.

10

Donor

Rating: 2

I donated one time to this organization about 2 years ago. Since then, they have bombarded me with unsolicited mailings, each one more manipulative than the last. For a while I was getting a mailing at least every two weeks. As another reviewer said, they send junk regularly: useless, tiny blankets, mailing labels, cheap pens, tacky holiday cards, tiny gift bags and useless doodads. Clearly some fundraising company is making a mint off this outfit. According to Charity Navigator, only 67% of donations goes to actually caring for kids. Almost 20% of every dollar goes to fundraising. http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=4813#.UjEB0vvD9c8
If they have enough time and money to send this crap, why not spend more on actual children. Charity Navigator, a ratings aggregate web site that studies all aspects of charities, gives this group only 2 out 5 stars for handling finances.

9

Donor

Rating: 1

I think I will stop contributing to this charity until those two money-hungry ones stop collecting salaries totaling over $500,000. Imagine how much help our children would receive if no salaries were paid. This is not a 100 per cent volunteer organization as their advertisements would suggest..

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor for over 30 years and continue to be grateful for the amazing work Covenant Houe does not just for the children who come to its doors, but also, by its advocacy efforts, for all homeless, suffering children.

3 Patricia S.

Donor

Rating: 5

Covenant House is an organization that i grew up with. At different times in my life almost every member of my family has done some sort of volunteer work for this organization. So I've had a pretty close hand view of the dedication and passion that this organization has for young people who are homeless, troubled and often have no place to go. This organization has weathered some difficult blows and it has grown and continued in its mission despite difficult times.

Review from Guidestar

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I recently attended their Night of Broadway Stars event, and this is one impressive charity! Their kids seem to have a lot of heart, even though most of them come from abusive homes and bad circumstances in general. Kevin Ryan seems to be doing a phenomenal job as President/representative. I'm very proud to say that I'm a donor and will continue to support Covenant House and their cause. - M. Carl Thomas

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Great charity. Doing a lot for the homeless and runaway kids in so many cities of NorthAmerica. Thank you KevinRyan for doing God's work.

Review from Guidestar

13

Donor

Rating: 2

Ideals are great. Especially when you're over compensated for them. $301,387 Kevin Ryan President

Review from CharityNavigator

18

Donor

Rating: 2

I work hard for my money and like to see that it is used for the reason I donate. I think the Covenant House concept is wonderful...we don't do enough to help our "throw away" children. However, I cannot donate to a charity where the two top people make over 500K total. Is this necesary? I donate to NJ Special Olympics. The Head make 150K. This is a good salary but reasonable....Why does Covenant house have to have TWO people making this kind of money. Why two people. Seems very over the top to me...I bet it didn't start out this way. I did get unsolicited mailings with a book. The book was very moving so I wanted to donate and see where my money would go. I don't think it would touch these children since these two people have to get paid their over-the-top salary. It's unfortunate.

Review from CharityNavigator

3 Deanna P.

Donor

Rating: 5

Covenant House first touched my heart when I was still just a child myself. The organization's philosophy that all children deserve "absolute respect and unconditional love" is not only correct, but has been proven effective in rescuing tens of thousands of homeless children and young adults. Covenant House does not just give out charity, it gives a path to self sufficiency. Its success has been proven, there are business owners and doctors working today that once lived at Covenant House. Covenant House provides a clear, attainable and permanent escape from life on the street.

5 Bobbie S.

Donor

Rating: 3

I agree with Gretchen - I try NOT to donate to people who send unsolicited "stuff" - no matter how good the quality might be. However, I was impressed by their cover letter - well written and to the point and not so much a maudlin plea that often accompanies icky pictures of animals or people in terrible conditions.

Review from CharityNavigator

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I heard about CoHo in the 80s and was impressed by the talk. Over the years I came to visit the program, attend events and go to the Vigil. I heard some of the kids in the program. They needed a helping hand and they found it here - when their families were unable to provide.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been to several events where Covenant House "kids" spoke and was so impressed with their desire to build on the hope and strength Covenant House has provided. Covenant House has taken in so many kids that would have died untimely deaths or would have grown in to adults without hope.

4

Donor

Rating: 5

Covenant House is a tremdous organization. I thought I had a good idea of what they do until I had a full tour of the NYC shelter. Then I realized how much I didn't know and HOW MUCH more they do than I could have every imagined! Covenant House helps kids get off of the streets by not only providing food and shelter but by teaching these young people skills that will last them a lifetime. Its one thing to provide shelter for those in need, its an entirely different thing to provide them with the tools to rebuild their lives and become better people. And don't forget the assistance they provide for babies the of homeless females who otherwise could be on the streets with a hungry baby.