“Due to the Coronavirus, I am working twelve hour shifts, six days a week (at University Medical Center). I’m not afraid. This is my job and I love it.”
The first shoe to drop for the vast majority of our kids was their employment – over 85% lost their jobs this week. I know so many of our family and friends find themselves in the same predicament.
Covenant House is proud to be a “legacy charity partner” for the Crescent City Classic. In light of our current national emergency, this year’s Classic has transitioned to a VIRTUAL race.
For the second year in a row, I was honored to participate in the annual Sleep Out for Covenant House. Two hundred and thirty sleepers raised over $623,000! With the support of my family and friends, I raised $6,000 for the homeless youth of my city.
It is with much sadness and tremendous gratitude that the Board of Directors announces Jim Kelly’s departure, this June, as Executive Director of Covenant House.
Our 7th annual SLEEP OUT on Thursday, November 15th will once again be a very special evening. We’re honored that Martha Landrum has volunteered to chair this year’s event.
Last year, 165 sleepers raised $465,000 to support our runaway, homeless, and at-risk young people. Our goal for 2018 is to recruit 175 sleepers and raise $475,000. We can’t do it without you.
In the past seven years, the number of young people in our daily care has grown from 45 to 162 per night. They are among the most damaged and vulnerable youth in our community. Most are victims of physical and/or sexual abuse, domestic and/or street violence, and the resulting profound trauma that often leads to substance abuse, mental health issues, and more. The Sleep Out is our opportunity to let them know they are not alone: that we stand with them in their struggles, celebrate their courage and resiliency, and support their promise and dreams.
From VICE Documentary Films, executive producer Michael K. Williams (The Wire) and the Peabody award-winning Renaud Brothers, SHELTER is a powerful documentary filmed with unfettered access over the course of one year at Covenant House. The film captures the raw and emotional stories of our brave young people as they seek help and hope – and the efforts of our staff struggling to work miracles everyday on their behalf.
SHELTER has been screened at several major festivals (Rome, Big Sky, San Francisco) and was honored with a special jury prize and an audience award for best documentary at the New Orleans Film Festival.
“Mama Foots” is an angel – a woman of deep faith. Every morning, she leads a group of the young men in prayer: giving thanks for blessings (like a new job), asking for strength and fortitude, and now… seeking protection from the Coronavirus.
As a crisis center providing critical 24/7 care to homeless youth in our community, we are on the front lines of this pandemic. We are committed to keeping our doors open to provide safety, shelter, and support to every young person who comes to us in need.
Tisha’s test results came back: she had indeed acquired the COVID-19 virus… The doctor texted: “Tisha’s water just broke. She is hypertensive, and her liver enzymes are elevated.”
It was late last night – around 11:00 pm. Moses had just taken over for Hosanna. He got a call from upstairs. One of our young men, Joshua, was symptomatic…
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CHNOLA is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Much more than “just a shelter,” we provide supportive counseling and the tools needed to help our youth become independent, productive members of our community.