About Covenant House New Orleans

For 30 years, Covenant House has offered a lifeline for at-risk and homeless youth, recognizing their inherent goodness and boundless potential. When a young person comes to our shelter, we address their immediate needs first – warm meals, showers, safe beds. But we don't stop at offering an immediate safe harbor. We strive to move each young person forward down a path to independent adulthood, free from the risk of homelessness. 

We are guided by 5 principles:

Immediacy

In crisis, needing life’s basics of food, clothing and shelter, the kids come to Covenant House day and night and are accepted without question or cost.

Sanctuary

We offer kids protection from the streets and from their pasts. We stress the reality of the present moment, and encourage belief in their potential for the future.

Values Communication

Lasting, caring relationships are built on trust, respect and honesty. We teach our kids that the “values” of street life are destructive.

Structure

Stability is unknown on the streets. We offer kids guidelines, plans and options, not rules and regulations that will impede them.

Choice

Change, freely chosen, brings the surest progress. We assist our kids in making positive decisions about their future.

To learn more, please visit our website or view our annual report.

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