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 742 youth last year. Our Crisis Center took in 405 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 provided another 297 youth in the community with outreach services including food, water, hygiene packets — and critical counseling. We also provided supportive housing for our chronically mentally ill young people.

60% of our youth come to us from New Orleans, 25% from around Louisiana, and 15% from across the country.

Facts & Figures

  • Crisis Care405 youth and children took refuge from the streets and abusive homes, receiving food, clothing, shelter, case management and counseling. We helped 47% of the youth in our 24/7 Emergency Crisis Center find stable housing, including family reunification whenever possible.
  • Rights of Passage (ROP) – 75 young men, women, and families resided on campus as they worked, saved, continued their education, and learned new life skills. 90% of ROP graduates secured a job and stable housing, our highest success rate in the program’s history.
  • Health Services – 2,078 residents and community youth benefited from onsite adolescent and pediatric healthcare, provided in partnership with Tulane Medical School.
  • Behavioral Health – 95% of our youth received mental and behavioral health services from our licensed counselors and a Tulane prescribing psychologist; 90% of those treated showed improved daily functioning in jobs, school, and interpersonal relationships.
  • Employment and Job Training – 215 youth were served in our employment programs. 82% found work or entered job training programs like Café Reconcile, Liberty’s Kitchen, JOB1, and our own White Dove Landscaping. We also taught our youth job search and retention skills, and had volunteers conduct mock interviews.
  • Education – 27 youth enrolled in GED programs like Youth Empowerment Project; 10 more enrolled in college. 25 children were enrolled in our on-site Head Start Center operated by Catholic Charities.
  • Human Trafficking – We formed the Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force and helped pass anti-trafficking legislation, major steps to protect and safeguard young victims and survivors.
  • Return Home – 160 youth were provided with bus tickets across the country to reunite with family or relatives who were able to offer a safe, stable, loving environment.

Youth Profiles

Learn about the successes and journeys of our residents

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…

Irma's Story

In October of 2010, Irma came to Covenant House. Her mother had died, and when her father remarried, his new wife didn’t want Irma around. Irma moved in with her aunt, but was soon cast out again. Irma was a junior at Dr. Martin Luther…

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.