Facts and Figures
Our Covenant House family is incredibly blessed by the prayers and support of so many friends, donors, and volunteers. Our average daily census climbed to 149 youth and children in FY16, the highest of any Covenant House except New York. No matter how full we are, there is always room for one more.
Our young people are among the most damaged in our community. Most have experienced years of abuse, violence and trauma. But every one of them is beautiful. Underneath their outer shells, they are just like any other group of kids… with the same hopes and dreams. Thanks to you, they are receiving the loving care and support they need to begin healing and start building brighter futures.
We provided food, clothing, shelter, and comprehensive services to 870 youth last year. Most were served in our 24/7 Emergency Crisis Center. 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 expanded our outreach services, providing 301 youth with information and assistance including food, water, and hygiene packets. We also provided supportive housing for our chronically mentally ill young people. 60% of our youth come to us from New Orleans, 20% from around Louisiana, and 20% from across the country.
Highlights for the year include:
- Crisis Care – 428 youth and children took refuge from the streets and abusive homes, receiving food, clothing, shelter, case management and counseling. We helped 48% of the youth in our 24/7 Emergency Crisis Center find safe, decent housing, including family reunification whenever possible.
- Rights of Passage (ROP) – 84 young men, women, and families received longer-term support, residing on-campus as they worked, saved, continued their education, and built life skills on their path to self-sufficiency. 88% of ROP graduates secured a job and stable housing, our highest success rate in the program’s history.
- Health Services – 2,738 residents and youth in the community benefited from onsite adolescent and pediatric health services, provided in partnership with Tulane Medical School.
- Behavioral Health – 95% of our youth received mental and behavioral health services from our licensed counselors (LCSW & LMSW) and a Tulane psychiatrist; 90% of those treated showed improved daily functioning in jobs, school, and social relations.
- Employment and Job Training – 362 youth were served in our employment programs. 53% found work or entered job training programs like Café Reconcile, Liberty’s Kitchen, JOB1, and our own White Dove Landscaping. (We also teach our youth job search & retention skills and have volunteers who conduct mock interviews.)
- Education – 41 youth enrolled in partnering GED programs like Youth Empowerment Project; 10 more enrolled in college.
- Human Trafficking – We formed the Greater New Orleans Human Trafficking Task Force, advocated before the City Council and Louisiana Legislature, and helped pass anti-trafficking legislation, major steps to protect and safeguard young victims and survivors.
- Pre-School Education – 28 Covenant House children were enrolled in our Head Start Center operated by Total Community Action; it is the only such center in our region for children of homeless mothers.
- Return Home – 137 youth were provided with bus tickets across the country to reunite with family or relatives who were able to offer a stable and safe living environment.
We work very hard to be good stewards of your generosity. In the last five years, we have been able to reduce our average daily cost to provide comprehensive 24/7 care for our youth from $238 to $86 – while at the same time expanding and enhancing our programs and services. 83% of our budget comes from private gifts.
As the number of kids in our care continues to grow, so too does our community support, as illustrated by the success of our fourth annual Sleep Out. 140 business and civic leaders spent a night on the street this past November, showing their solidarity and raising more than $400,000 for our kids. A record number of sleepers & sponsors have already committed for our 2016 Sleep Out.
83% of our budget comes from private gifts. We can never thank you enough for your support and prayers. Please know of our prayers of gratitude for all you do for our Covenant House youth and children.