In 1989, thirty-one years ago this month, the critically acclaimed film Do the Right Thing debuted. It was a groundbreaking picture that depicted a very similar time to what we’re facing now.
In an uncertain society where deeply rooted prejudice, overt racism, and disingenuous values can seem ever-present, it is personally refreshing to escape to a “work” environment (community) where attention is focused on welcoming, accepting, and loving ALL… without condition or judgement. It is a philosophy and a calling that often seems in opposition to the outside world.
Covenant House is a family. It is a community of staff and residents striving to give of themselves – learning, sharing, and growing together.
In contrast to the selfishness, injustice, and inequality of the world around us, our “Cov Community” is centered around listening and supporting one another – attributes we prioritize – to empower those less fortunate to be and to achieve their best. We do so in spite of our many racial, cultural, spiritual, and socioeconomic differences.
Why? Because “love is the key.” We are truly blessed as an organization. Largely operated thanks to private support, our staff serves and cares for those most in need around-the-clock. Every day, we witness the countless unique gifts and talents of our community.
Recent examples of God’s Favor over “the Cov” include:
- Financial stability – thanks to an outpouring of generosity since the crisis began
- No positive COVID-19 test results from 100+ youth & children living on our campus (only a few residents living in offsite apartments have tested positive to date)
There are so many things we can be concerned about… distracted about… worried about… that take our eyes off the true sustaining power of God’s Grace and Mercy in the miraculous works performed daily throughout our Cov Community.
As we continue striving to “Do the
Right Cov Thing,” I encourage you to always remember and reflect upon the following scripture:
“These three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:13
David Jones is the Director of Transitional and Independent Living Programs at Covenant House New Orleans.