College Bound

Based on a recommendation from his school guidance counselor, Quincy first came to Covenant House in May 2013.  He had come to New York when he was only seven with his mother, who was fleeing an abusive relationship.  Soon after this, his mother was incarcerated, and he was raised by his ailing grandmother.  In his senior year of high school, his grandmother was diagnosed with cancer, and Quincy became homeless.  After a long struggle, he came to Covenant House New York. 

Working with his Covenant House team, over the next two years Quincy mapped out a plan for his future. He completed the job readiness program and entered Rights of Passage. With the assistance of Covenant House staff, he found employment at an after-school program.  His counselors began advising him to pursue higher education and, with the help of his case manager, he applied to college.  Last month, he was awarded a 4-year full scholarship to College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx.  It includes room and board for the next four years, finally providing him with a stable living situation.   Quincy will be pursuing a degree in education, and hopes to be the principal of a school one day.  He’s excited and nervous about college, but having just turned 21, he is ready for the next phase of his life.  As he says, “[My life] was very challenging, but having faith in God kept me going.  Covenant House not only inspires you, it molds you into a young adult.  At the end of the day, though we might not say it a lot, we are grateful.”