Vision and Mission

Each year in the U.S. alone, as many as 2 million youth experience a period of homelessness, and every year more than 5,000 of these young people lose their lives to the streets. Their hope and promise are lost forever unless they find someone – like Covenant House New York – to love and care for them.

At Covenant House New York, our North Star is to inspire homeless and at risk young people to move to safe, stable, and loving places where they can continue to live out their life dreams.  In short, we strive to help each young person find “safe places” in their lives.

In order to make this North Star a reality, we share a vision for an environment that is truly amazing and energizing, permeating with love everywhere; a culture that inspires and transforms the young people we serve … and that also transforms each of us who work here.  

We see the fruits of our hard and smart work in the form of meaningful, tangible results for our kids; results such as emotional and physical healing, new life skills, living wage jobs, resiliency, acceptance to college, positive relationships, improved self-confidence, stable housing, and so much more.  These results move our kids forward in their lives; they also inspire and inform us  

We strive to become experts in the work we do.  We enthusiastically and firmly grasp, practice, and share evidence-based youth development strategies; we embrace and utilize data to breathe spirit and intelligence into our work and to continuously improve.  

Through it all, we welcome and serve with loving, open arms; we work hard to help our young people find safe, loving places in their lives; we rejoice in their successes; we shed tears in and suffer their pain; we find inspiration and energy in our community; we celebrate our work; and we thank God for the opportunity to serve as instruments of His peace.   

Our Mission and Vision Are Governed by Five Basic Principles

  • Immediacy
    Covenant House immediately meets the basic needs of youth experiencing homelessness through a nourishing meal, a shower, clean clothes, medical attention, and a safe place to sleep.
  • Sanctuary
    Covennat House provides a safe haven from the hardships of homelessness. We recognize the fundamental worth of every human being, and create a safe setting where all youth - regardless of life experience or identity - are served without judgment.
  • Value Communication
    Covenant House leads by example to demonstrate that caring relationships are based on love, trust, respect, and honesty.
  • Structure
    Covenant House provides the stability and structure necessary to build a positive future.
  • Choice
    Covenant House fosters confidence; encouraging young people to believe in themselves and make informed choices for their lives.

Covenant House New York Mission Statement:

We who recognize God's providence and fidelity to His people are dedicated to living out His covenant among ourselves and those children we serve, with absolute respect and unconditional love. That commitment calls us to serve suffering children of the street, and to protect and safeguard all children. Just as Christ in His humanity is the visible sign of God's presence among His people, so our efforts together in the covenant community are a visible sign that effects the presence of God, working through the Holy Spirit among ourselves and our kids.