Our Impact & Success Stories

Our young people are among the most damaged in our community. Thanks to you, they are receiving the loving care and support they need to begin healing and start building brighter futures.

We provided comprehensive services to 896 youth last year. Our Crisis Center took in 446 young people in desperate need of help. We expanded the number of off-site independent apartments available for individuals and families, including graduates of our Rights of Passage transitional living program. We also provided supportive housing for our chronically mentally ill young people.

60% of our youth come to us from New Orleans, 26% from around Louisiana, and 14% from across the country.

Facts & Figures

  • Crisis Care446 youth and children took refuge from the streets and abusive homes, receiving food, clothing, shelter, case management, and counseling. We helped 74% of the youth in our 24/7 Emergency Crisis Center find stable housing, including family reunification whenever possible.
  • Rights of Passage (ROP)86 young men, women, and families resided on campus as they worked, saved, continued their education, and learned new life skills. 82% of ROP graduates secured a job and stable housing.
  • Health Services3,232 residents and community youth benefited from onsite adolescent and pediatric healthcare, provided in partnership with Tulane Medical School.
  • Behavioral Health95% of our youth received mental and behavioral health services from our licensed counselors and a Tulane psychologist; 90% showed improved functioning in jobs, school, and interpersonal relations.
  • Employment and Job Training281 youth were served in our employment programs. 83% found work or entered job training programs like Café Reconcile, Liberty’s Kitchen, JOB1, and our own White Dove Landscaping. We teach our youth job search & retention skills and have volunteers who conduct mock interviews.
  • Education109 youth and children enrolled in elementary school, high school, or college; 12 youth enrolled in GED programs like Youth Empowerment Project.
  • Human Trafficking – 255 victims of human trafficking received services from the Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force, with Covenant House as lead service provider in collaboration with our community partners.
  • Street Outreach – 259 youth were provided with outreach services, including food, water, and hygiene packets.
  • Return Home157 youth were provided with bus or plane tickets across the country to reunite with family or relatives who were able to offer a stable and safe living environment.

Youth Profiles

Learn about the successes and journeys of our residents

Jakiya, a male Covenant House resident wearing a neon green event tank top, is mid-stride as he runs through the beautiful greenery of the Audubon.

Youth Profile: Jakiya

Written by Sophie Trist On Saturday, June 1, 2019, the inaugural Arts & Hearts 5K was held in beautiful Audubon Park, presented by Varsity Sports. All proceeds were dedicated to Covenant House to provide unconditional love and holistic…

Tabitha's Story

Tabitha came to Covenant House last April at age 20. She had been living on her own since age 17. She did not get along well with her step-mother. She was still grieving over the death of her grandmother — and primary caregiver — when…

Gordon's Story

Gordon came to us in the Fall of 2014. Gordon and his mother had been homeless. They were living pillar to post. They had never gotten back on their feet after Katrina. He was ten years old when they were rescued from rising flood waters. Due…

Matthew's Story

Matthew came to Covenant House at the age of 17 after being pushed out of a highly dysfunctional home. On his own for the first time, he was determined to change his life for the better. If you met Matthew, you’d be impressed by his intelligence…

How Can You Help?

In the past 6 years, the number of kids in our care has grown from 45 to 170 per night. Most have endured unimaginable abuse, violence, and trauma. You can help give them a chance.