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

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…

A Story of Trafficking in New Orleans

Aaliyah’s story is sobering and tragic. Her family, the foster care and child welfare systems, and the legal and criminal justice systems all failed this beautiful young woman. Despite everything Aaliyah has been through these past…

Kenneth's Story

Kenneth became mixed up with the wrong crowd at an early age. He was shot twice when he was just 13 years old. He dealt drugs for the next four years, ignoring the dangers and projecting an image of invincibility. His circumstances changed…

Taylor's Story

Taylor, 19, wound up on the streets as a result of the financial and emotional strain of his mother’s health problems and a deteriorating relationship with his step-father. After a few months of squatting and sleeping outdoors – under bridges,…

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.