The Covenant House Mission statement helps us stay true to our calling as we serve homeless youth:
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 youth.
Covenant House Washington’s vision is three-fold: to protect young people from the streets and from dangerous living situations; to enhance their lives through substantial services and support so that they may transition to adulthood successfully; and to advocate with them and on their behalf, when necessary, so that future generations of children, teenagers and young adults do not face the same crippling challenges as today’s struggling young people face.
Covenant House Washington’s five (5) core principles originated and are based on our early years of experience. Experience which has taught us, through both internal reflection and external review, that to be successful in the life of a homeless or struggling teen or young adult, several key values must be instituted into the culture of the organization. These values or principles are set forth to guide both the young person and the caregiver through short-term crises as well as to ensure both long-term development and success. The following Covenant House Washington principles, while they can be implemented simultaneously at times, do follow a natural progression and do compliment each other in our continuum and array of services and within our individual program milieus.
Homeless youth come to Covenant House in crisis. Immediately and without question, we meet their basic human needs – a nourishing meal, a shower, clean clothes, medical attention, and a safe place away from the dangers of the street.
Homeless youth arriving at our door are often frightened and mistrustful. Young men and women can grow only when they feel safe and secure – Covenant House protects them from the perils of the street and offers that important sense of security.
Value Communication –
Lying, cheating, and stealing are common survival tools on the street. Covenant House teaches by example that caring relationships are based on trust, respect, and honesty.
Homeless youth never know how they will get their next meal or where they will sleep. Covenant House provides the stability and structure necessary to build a positive future.
Young people often feel powerless to control their lives, and fall into a selfdefeating cycle of failure. Covenant House fosters confidence, encouraging young people to believe in themselves and make smart choices for their lives.