In the midst of the pandemic, Covenant House continues to provide 24/7 comprehensive care & support to the most vulnerable homeless youth and children in our community. In early November, we were caring for 162 youth and children, the most kids ever in our history. Now, we are averaging over 220 young people in our care. We will continue to feed, clothe, and shelter our young residents, while also meeting their physical and behavioral healthcare needs during this critical time.
As of July 30th, we have implemented new policies in response to a small number of youth and staff who recently tested positive for Covid-19. We are committed to protecting the health of our residents and our brave front-line staff, and we are doing everything in our power to prevent a further outbreak of this dangerous virus.
Until further notice, Covenant House will be limiting the intake of new residents (at the discretion of our Program Director). We will continue to practice a number of important policies that were implemented in March that have helped us prevent the virus’s spread on our campus, including:
- Requiring all youth & staff to wear protective face coverings.
- Promoting and facilitating daily temperature taking, washing of hands, and social distancing.
- Instituting a strict campus curfew.
- Providing “to-go” meals to limit congregation at meal times.
Many of our young people survived the trauma of Hurricane Katrina before their 5th birthday. This crisis represents a desperate new challenge. Despite all that they have experienced, they are filled with hope and promise. Their resilience is truly remarkable.
Please consider making a special gift to support them in this time of extraordinary crisis.
Humana has announced a special $60,000 gift to provide 24/7 comprehensive care and support to over 200 homeless youth and children at Covenant House during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Maybe we should expect to see more than 250 young people at our door… 275 or even 300? How many youth and children will be with us on Christmas Eve?”
“Miss Archie, Miss Melba and Mr. Steve helped me to heal. They helped launch me on a new path. It was the first time in my life I was truly proud of myself. . . I came back to work at Covenant House, believing I could reach these young women.”
How do you “stay at home” – when you don’t have a home? Our residents are three times more likely to contract the Covid-19 virus than the average citizen. We hope you will consider making a special gift to support our brave young people.
In our coronavirus world, we continually experience grace in action. Every day, we are blessed to witness so many simple acts of kindness and generosity.
Tawana, a volunteer, a board member, and just an amazing person was a resident ten years ago. Last week, Tawana sent me the sweetest note.
Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation, JAY-Z’s Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation, and Jack Dorsey’s Start Small have announced a major donation to Covenant House New Orleans. This gift will support critical, 24/7 services for homeless youth and children as our community faces the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our youth and children, despite the masks, still radiate goodness and beauty.