I asked Melissa one last question: “When you were being drugged and raped, night after night. Did you get mad at God?” She looked at me quizzically. “No... sometimes when the drugs were wearing thin, I would wake up and pray: please God save me."
"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 Care 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...
"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.