This month Jen had the opportunity to visit Covenant House in New Orleans for the 10-year anniversary of the tragic Hurricane Katrina.
For the past 30 years, Covenant House has provided a safe haven for homeless and at-risk youth between the ages 16-21. The doors of their Crisis Center are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and they provide a hot meal, clothes, a bed, caring staff, and more.
Their first goal is to always reunite kids with their family, but it’s not always possible. In these cases the team at Covenant House help kids find jobs and housing to transition them into independent living.
Needless to say we were delighted to help them out by ticking off the basics on their wish list!
In the end we filled three shopping trolleys and were able to get essential supplies like shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, toothpaste, blankets, towels and so much more!
In Jen’s own words…
“They do such an amazing job at Covenant House. They take in teens and the babies of the teens that have them. They go from crisis care to long-term care and get teens into school or work to integrate them back into regular life.
It costs Covenant House $62.00 a day to fund the kids and they had 117 there when we went there. We ticked off as much of their wish list as we could for their crisis care wing.”
Jen recently received a hand written thank you card from the Executive Director of Covenant House James Kelly, which read…
“Thank you so much for your wonderful generosity to our kids. We are so grateful for all that you gave. The people we care for are good kids. Sadly they have experienced years of abuse, violence and trauma. With gods grace and time they will heal and begin new lives.”
Everyday we are able to make a difference to the lives of children the world over thanks to your help. From us and from them, thank you!
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