Providing loving care, shelter, and vital services to homeless youth throughout the state.
Covenant House began more than 40 years ago when six young runaways were given shelter from a snowstorm, in the lower east side of Manhattan.
In 1989, Covenant House began its work in New Jersey by providing basic services to homeless youth on the streets of Newark and Atlantic City. Outreach staff traveled in vans to these areas offering food, clothing, counseling and referrals for shelter. The following year storefront operations began, and by 1992, the Community Service Centers most people recognize were opened in both Newark and Atlantic City. Take a moment to read more about Covenant House New Jersey’s history
Today there are 30 Covenant House locations across the United States, Canada and Latin Americas – and together we serve more than 51,000 homeless young people each year. Learn more about our impact on the lives of homeless children in New Jersey.
Through the years, Covenant House has grown to be the largest privately funded charity in the Americas providing loving care and vital services to homeless, abandoned, abused, trafficked, and exploited youth.
Our work would be much easier if the issues our kids faced were able to be solved with a hot meal, warm shower, and clean bed. In reality, there is a wide range of deep-seated psychological, physical, and economic reasons for youth homelessness.
To break the cycle of chronic adult homelessness and bridge the gap of support in the lives of our youth, Covenant House has developed three core services known as our Continuum of Care: Street Outreach, Crisis Care, and Rights of Passage.
These core services are comprised of a wide array of in-house training programs, including healthcare, educational support, GED preparation, job readiness and skills training, drug abuse treatment and prevention, legal services, mental health services, the Mother/Child program, life skills training, and aftercare. Learn more about these programs that are designed to provide our youth with a holistic approach to leaving the streets and achieving independence.