Dreams Do Come True for Homeless Youth In Asbury Park: Ribbon Cutting of the Covenant House New Jersey Rights Of Passage Program

Read our latest press release about the opening of our new Rights of Passage program in Asbury Park: On January 17, 2018 Covenant House New Jersey along with Interfaith Neighbors celebrated the opening of their new Rights of Passage program, a transitional living program for homeless youth.The snow didn't stop over 100 supporters, community partners and local and state government officials from cutting the ribbon of its brand new building which will house 5 young men who were experiencing homelessness in Asbury Park. 

For the past 7 years, Covenant House outreach workers have been on the streets of Asbury Park, providing food, clothing, counseling, and comfort for homeless and at risk youth.

"The young people we have met and helped on the streets in Asbury Park over the past seven years are incredibly strong and resilient and have inspired us to do more,” said Covenant House New Jersey Executive Director Jim White.  “And so when our friends at Interfaith Neighbors approached us with an opportunity to provide permanent, stable housing, we welcomed the opportunity to partner with them to serve more young people and provide them with the services they need and deserve. Today, we pause to celebrate all that we have accomplished together."

Paul McEvily of Interfaith Neighbors said "The Covenant House Rights of Passage  facility in Asbury Park is a both a blessing and and a wonderful opportunity for young adults in our area. It is a much needed asset within our West Side Community. We are looking forward to further collaboration with Covenant House and the next phase, Rights Of Passage II". 

Impact 100 Jersey Coast is a local philanthropic group that funds projects which impacts underserved populations in Monmouth County. Impact's members provided a grant which helped to fund the Rights Of Passage program. Several area women from Impact 100 were present to celebrate the opening. "It was a beautiful and meaningful ceremony", said Suzy Gilbert, Chair of the Children and Families Grant Review Committee with Impact 100 Jersey Coast. "To see the human spirit shine through every person " in the tent" was not something I will soon forget. We all have it in us to bring happiness to another person. What an honor to be part of the process". 

Covenant House International President Kevin Ryan who was also a part of the ribbon cutting said "What a great day! The opening of our newest Covenant House in Asbury Park, a dream seven years ago, today is a reality for young people leaving homelessness behind. Thank you to everyone who made today possible".

For more information on the opening of this new home of help and hope for homeless youth contact:

Janette Scrozzo, Covenant House New Jersey, office 973-477-7114 or cell, 973-477-7114 Jscrozzo@covenanthouse.org