Covenant House was founded in 1972 with the simple, profound mission to help homeless kids escape the streets. Today we are the largest privately funded charity in the Americas providing loving care and vital services to homeless, abandoned, abused, trafficked, and exploited youth.
All across America, Covenant House rescues thousands of young people from a life on the streets…often those subjected to abuse by pimps and predators. But unlike some organizations that only provide direct care to victims, Covenant House also advocates for laws that will ultimately put an end to child trafficking. We helped move both International Megan’s Law and the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act of 2010 through the House. But we need your help to pass these and other major legislative initiatives.
What They Do…
Housing: Covenant House has “houses” in 27 cities throughout the United States, Canada, and Latin America.
Outreach: If homeless kids can’t get to us, we go straight to them through our Outreach Program. Covenant House Outreach teams comb the most desolate streets, visit schools, and make connections within the community. We get to know local homeless youth, making sure they have something to eat and letting them know that we’re here if they need us.
Crisis Care: Many of the homeless youth who come through our doors are coming from stressful situations and require immediate attention. Crisis Care is a program designed to quickly address these needs including, medical care, hot showers, clean clothes, nourishing meals and a safe bed. First we heal the body, and then we heal the person.
Continuum of Care: Homeless youth at Covenant House need more than charity and a place to stay. Many are survivors of domestic abuse, others have alcohol and substance abuse problems, and many still need to complete their education and develop job skills. Our programs address these needs – creating a continuum of care and tools for homeless youth to become self-sufficient.
How Human Trafficking and Child Slavery Hurt Homeless Kids:
There is a grave misconception in this country that human trafficking is a trend relegated to foreign soil. But the painful truth is that human trafficking – one of the world’s fastest-growing criminal industries – is a monstrous issue in this country. In fact, 85% of confirmed sex trafficking victims are U.S. citizens, mostly runaway children.
Often disconnected from family and friends, homeless kids are particularly susceptible to traffickers who will lure them with the promise of food, warmth, and even false love. Once snatched from the streets without anyone noticing, they are sold for the highest price, their dignity and sense of self destroyed.
Covenant House receives many of these young people after they’ve found the courage to escape capture, have been freed by police raids, or have made contact with Covenant House outreach staff combing the streets day and night looking for kids in need and at risk.
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