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Vision Statement and Principles

Vision Statement

In the third millennium Covenant House will continue to fulfill its mission by providing shelter and services to children and youth who seek help, with a priority of concern and commitment to those for whom no other service is available.

We will make every effort to reunite young people with their families.

We will collaborate with community agencies and associations and actively participate in community efforts to improve the condition of families and children.

We will advocate with and on behalf of youth to raise awareness in the community about their suffering.

Our mission is based on faith and the belief that all children and youth have a right to love, respect and genuine concern. Our individual and shared spirituality will permeate all of our activities.

The Five Covenant Principles

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Immediacy
– Young people come to us in crisis, desperately requiring help. We provide for their basic human needs – food, clothing, a shower, medical attention, a safe bed – immediately.

Sanctuary - Youth who are trying to get off the streets are often scared and mistrustful. We protect them from the street and its terrors and from the failures of their past. Youngsters can only grow when they feel safe and protected.

Value Communication - Lying, cheating, stealing; these are part of the street code. It's the way young people are forced to survive on the street. We try to show our youth, by example, that lying, cheating and stealing are wrong, that street values are destructive. Even more important, we teach them that caring relationships are built on trust, respect and honesty.

Structure - Street life is very unstructured. Young people on the street never know where they will sleep or how they will get their next meal. We provide the structure and stability of legitimate and carefully articulated expectations without a lot of rules and regulations. This helps alleviate anxiety and allows them to focus on planning their next steps.

Choice - Young people often feel powerless to control their lives. They fall into a self-defeating cycle of failure. We encourage our youth to make serious choices about their futures. They must choose to change, believe they can make it, to believe that tomorrow can be better.