Press Release

President Obama

PRESDIENT ANNOUNCES NEW AMERICORPS PARTNERSHIPS TO EXPAND OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH

Federal and private-sector commitments of $24 million advance My Brother’s Keeper initiative

July 21st, 2014

Washington, DC – As part of his My Brother’s Keeper initiative, President Obama today announced new AmeriCorps partnerships with federal agencies and the private sector to connect young people to mentoring, support networks, and job skills to help them reach their full potential.

Monday’s announcement altogether represents a total of $24 million in investments in national service. The Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Agriculture (USDA) are joining with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to launch new AmeriCorps programs and partnerships which total up to $14 million over three years. Private-sector commitments from AT&T and Citi Foundation will support additional AmeriCorps service opportunities that provide young people skills and supports to successfully enter the workforce.

CNCS and the DOJ’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) are jointly funding Youth Opportunity AmeriCorps. The program, which totals up to $10 million over three years, will enroll disconnected youth in national service programs as AmeriCorps members. It includes a mentorship component, which will provide critical mentoring support to the AmeriCorps members.

USDA and CNCS have joined in a landmark new partnership between AmeriCorps and the USDA’s Forest Service that connects youth and veterans with service opportunities to restore the nation’s forests and grasslands. The $3.8 million in joint funding will provide resources for both AmeriCorps grantees and member organizations of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC), and will also provide for 300 new AmeriCorps members serving in U.S. forests and grasslands.

The commitments announced today support the My Brother’s Keeper initiative by increasing entry-level job, mentorship and apprenticeship options for all young people, including boys and young men of color. They also advance the goals of the President’s Task Force on Expanding National Service, which calls for new public-private partnerships that use national service to help solve our nation’s most pressing challenges.

“As a nation, there is much more we can do to help our young people stay on track and reach their full potential in life,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “AmeriCorps is a proven pathway to opportunity that provides skills, leadership, and college support for young people. We are thrilled to join with our federal and corporate partners to launch new AmeriCorps programs that will put hundreds of young people on a path to success in school and life.”

“This landmark partnership between the Forest Service and USDA with AmeriCorps and the Corporation for National and Community Service provides youth and veterans with new job skills while helping to restore America’s forests and grasslands. The Administration’s continued support for the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps furthers President Obama’s goals of expanding economic opportunity, creating new ways to engage in service projects, and reconnecting Americans to the great outdoors,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

“America’s future will be defined, and our progress determined, by the doors we open and the support we offer to young people across the nation,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “My Brother’s Keeper, and innovative initiatives like this one, must be a central part of this work. By involving young people in service projects and offering them the benefits of mentorship – through programs like AmeriCorps – we can help our kids mature into responsible, confident, and productive young adults. And we can do our part to ensure that every child, from every background, has the tools they need to learn, to grow, to thrive – and to lead.”

In addition to new federal partnerships, the White House announced additional AmeriCorps commitments from the private sector to support the goals of My Brother’s Keeper. AT&T is launching the Aspire Mentoring Academy Corps, powered by AmeriCorps, AT&T and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. The program will engage AmeriCorps members in regions around the country and engage thousands of youth from underserved communities in mentoring activities.

“Research shows that the presence of a mentor in a young person’s life significantly improves their potential for success. That’s why I and many of our employees are currently mentoring students across the country,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T Chairman and CEO.

Citi Foundation is making a three year, $10 million commitment to create ServiceWorks, a groundbreaking, national program powered by AmeriCorps and Points of Light that uses volunteer service to help 25,000 young people in ten cities across the United States develop the skills they need to prepare for college and careers. The program, which will deploy 225 AmeriCorps VISTA members over three years, will engage youth, age 16-24, in service and build a large-scale volunteer response to the crisis of low college and career attainment. The young people will receive training in critical 21st century leadership and workplace skills, the chance to build their networks and connections to their communities, and the opportunity to use their new skills by participating in and leading volunteer service projects.

AmeriCorps members serving in these programs, most of whom will be youth from underserved communities, will earn education scholarships to help pay for college or repay their student loans – putting them on track for greater economic opportunity in the future.

On February 27, 2014, President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. The President’s My Brother’s Keeper Federal Task Force released a 90-day report on May 30th, which identified starting points for what will be an enduring effort at improving the life outcomes for our youth, including boys and young men of color.

As part of this effort, CNCS joined joining with other federal agencies and nonprofit organizations to launch a campaign to recruit individuals to serve as mentors to boys and young men of color across the country. The United We Serve website, housed at Serve.gov, includes a database of mentoring opportunities searchable by zip code.


The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service and developing community solutions through its AmeriCorps, including VISTA and NCCC, Senior Corps, Social Innovation Fund, and other programs, and leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

Contact: Alexis Lindsay, 202.610.9602 or alindsay@chdc.org

 

ServiceWorks Program

COVENANT HOUSE WASHINGTON CHOSEN AS ONE OF TEN TO HOST NATIONWIDE SERVICEWORKS PROGRAM

Three-Year Program Funded by the Citi Foundation Will Help Underserved Young Adults in Greater Washington Region Prepare for College and Careers

June 25th, 2014

Washington, DC – Covenant House Washington has been selected by Points of Light as one of 10 host sites

nationwide to help execute the new ServiceWorks program. The three-year initiative will use community engagement and volunteer service to help underserved young adults develop the skills they need to prepare for college and careers.

Funded by the Citi Foundation, the program will deploy 225 AmeriCorps members over the next three years, making it the largest corporate-funded AmeriCorps VISTA program in the country. ServiceWorks will provide 25,000 underserved young adults, between the ages of 16 and 24, training in critical leadership and project management skills, the chance to build their networks and connections to community, and the opportunity to use their new skills by participating in and leading volunteer service projects. Thousands of professionals – including Citi employees – will volunteer as success coaches and professional skills trainers.

In the Greater DC Region, 49% of young people lack high school diploma or GED, while 84% are unemployed or underemployed upon admission to our programs and services.

The ServiceWorks AmeriCorps volunteers will work alongside Covenant House Washington staff to support and enhance youth outreach and recruitment efforts, workforce development and community service and volunteer engagement. “We are thrilled to join forces with Points of Light in addressing youth employability in DC through our Outreach and Workforce Readiness efforts.” “Impacting and transforming the lives of young people who are disconnected from homes, work, and school are our focus, and this partnership will help make a difference in their lives” stated Dr. Madye Henson, President and CEO of Covenant House Washington.

In addition to its presence in Greater DC Region, ServiceWorks will operate in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York, San Francisco, and St. Louis. The initiative will formally launch in July 2014 when the first 50 AmeriCorps VISTA members are sworn in and stationed in their respective cities.Each host site will work with their selected AmeriCorps VISTAs to develop an approach that meets the unique needs of their community.

ServiceWorks is a key component of the Citi Foundation’s recently launched Pathways to Progress initiative, a three-year $50 million commitment to give 100,000 low-income youth in the United States the opportunity to develop the workplace skills and leadership experience necessary to complete in a 21st For more on ServiceWorks, visit www.pointsoflight.org/serviceworks.

Covenant House Washington, located at 2001 Mississippi Ave., SE, is the largest non-profit organization serving homeless, disconnected and at-risk young people between ages 18 to 24.

Contact: Alexis Lindsay, 202.610.9602 or alindsay@chdc.org

 

Restaurateur Paul J. Cohn

NIGHT OF BROADWAY STARS GOES TO ARENA; HONORING PAUL COHN, FORD’S THEATRE SOCIETY

Entrepreneurs, Congressional Staffers & Celebrity Chefs Round Up Covenant House’s Second Annual Young Professional Sleep Out; Raising $75,000 for homeless

programs

March 23, 2014 | by Janet Staihar

For the first time, Covenant House Washington, a non-profit organization that helps homeless youth, will hold its annual gala fundraiser A Night of Broadway Stars Gala at Arena Stage and will honor restaurateur Paul J. Cohn for his help to local communities, businesses and residents.

Individual tickets are $250, with several tiers of sponsorship available. The event will be Tuesday, June 17 at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth Street SW.

Gala co-chairs are David and Elizabeth Carmen, Linda Mercado Greene, and Mimsy and Rusty Lindner.

For the evening, Broadway composer Neil Berg along with some of New York’s most talented performers created a show featuring an collection of memorable show songs.

Berg’s credits include The Prince and The Pauper, Grumpy Old Men and 100 Years of Broadway.

The performers participate in an After Party to meet and greet attendees. Slated to sing are Rita Harvey who was in Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera; Capathia Jenkins, whose credits include Broadway’s Newsies; Stephanie J. Block, appearing in Off-Broadway’s Little Miss Sunshine; Alan H. Green of Broadway’s Sister Act; and Tony Vincent who was in Broadway’s Rent and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Several awards will be given to people who have distinguished themselves with their philanthropic efforts and contributions to humanity.

Covenant House’s Dove Award will go to The Ford’s Theater Society. This honor recognizes an individual or entity that has made significant financial contributions to support the work of Covenant House Washington.

Cohn will receive The Lizzie Award, which is the highest recognition within Covenant House International and honors an individual who has made significant philanthropic efforts and contributions to humanity.

Cohn is known to some as D.C.’s ambassador of hospitality. He is the heart and soul behind many of the District’s most landmark restaurants, bars and clubs that have employed hundreds of residents. He is the original owner and operator of J. Paul’s which opened in 1980 in Georgetown. He is the co-founder and visionary behind Creative Eats Restaurants whose newest concept, Boss Shepherd’s, is set to open in late spring at 13th and Pennylvania near the Warner Theatre. (Alexander Robey Shepherd was governor of the territory of the District of Columbia D.C. 1873-1874.)

Before forming his latest venture, Cohn was a co-creator of Old Glory BBQ, Paolo’s Ristorante, Georgia Brown’s, Neyla, The River Club, Club Zei, among others.

Originally, he got his start in the music world as an artist’s manager and promoter. His most well-known achievement in that field was taking the singing duo Peaches & Herb to the top with their first album, “2 Hot,” which sold over 5 million albums worldwide in 1978.

Through the years, as a force behind behind preserving and protecting the welfare of the District’s people and businesses, he has served on many official commissions and boards. He is a past member of the board and executive committee of the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival and a past member on the board of directors of the Howard Theatre Restoration.

One new Covenant award is the Virginia E. Hayes Williams Award. Former DC Mayor Anthony “Tony” Williams, will accept the honor on behalf of his mother who passed away earlier this year. Mrs. Williams was known for her work in helping young people through education, financial aid, spiritual guidance, and building opportunities for jobs.

At Mrs. Williams’ memorials, it was stipulated that all expressions of sympathy be made in the form of contributions to Covenant House Washington.

Covenant House Washington, located at 2001 Mississippi Ave., SE, is the largest non-profit organization serving homeless, disconnected and at-risk young people between ages 18 to 24.

Previously the event was held East of the Anacostia. Arena Stage is more centrally located in the city for those wanting to attend the gala, said event organizers.

Contact: Alexis Lindsay, 202.610.9602 or alindsay@chdc.org

 

Young Professional's candle light vigil before the sleep out event.

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS COMMIT TO SLEEPING OUTSIDE FOR COVENANT HOUSE WASHINGTON’S HOMELESS & DISCONNECTED YOUTH

Entrepreneurs, Congressional Staffers & Celebrity Chefs Round Up Covenant House’s Second Annual Young Professional Sleep Out; Raising $75,000 for homeless

programs

March 21, 2014

WASHINGTON – On March 21, more than 75 Washington-based young professionals will sleep outside to raise awareness for the city’s homeless and disconnected youth population during Covenant House Washington’s second annual Sleep Out: Young Professional Edition. In addition to sleeping on the streets of Southeast, DC, participants will each work to raise $1,000 in donations for the organization’s programs to support homeless and at-risk young people.

“Last year alone, Covenant House Washington served over 5,000 meals to young people in crisis. The need is real.” said Covenant House Washington’s President and CEO, Dr. Madye Henson. “It’s through efforts like the Young Professional Sleep Out, that participants, many who are not far in age from our youth, get to connect with our courageous young people and hear their stories of adversity and triumph.”

“These young professionals – lawyers, entrepreneurs, government officials, etc. – are the new face of philanthropy and we’re honored and excited to give them an opportunity to exercise their support in such an active and sacrificial way. We hope that our efforts continue to galvanize this core group, encouraging them to support homeless youth on an on-going basis. It’s amazing the impact that sleeping out just one night can have on participants and the more than 2,000 young people that we serve annually.”

“It was extremely important for us to unite with Covenant House Washington on this effort,” said Catherynne L. Whitmore, Congressional Aid for Congressman John P. Sarbanes(MD-3) and Community Service Chair of the Congressional Black Associates. “By standing in solidarity with these amazingly strong young people, we’re showing them that we care and are by their side! Spending one night outside won’t at all compare to what homeless and disconnected youth in our area endure daily, but we hope that it sheds light on this important issue and helps engage an even larger group of young professionals.”

The Young Professional Sleep Out, which debuted in April 2013, was created to galvanize a more engaged community of young adult philanthropists. Last year’s inaugural effort raised more than $30,000 for the organization. Funds raised by participants will support Covenant House Washington’s efforts to provide emergency and long-term housing, along with educational and work training services for homeless and disconnected youth. Covenant House Washington also hosts an Executive Sleep Out in November for Washington-based business leaders and entrepreneurs.

The Washington event will be one of six Young Professional Sleep Outs taking place throughout North America on the same evening (Anchorage, AK; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Los Angeles; New York and Toronto). Covenant House International has committed to raising a $385,000 across the six cities. Many sleepers and community partners are taking to social media to spread the word and secure donations, using the hashtag #YPSleepOut to start conversations about youth homelessness and garner support from their online networks.

The Washington event will begin at 7:00 pm, at the Covenant House Community Service Center facility at 2001 Mississippi Avenue, S.E. A list of current participants is listed on the event website, www.YPSleepOut.org.

About Covenant House Washington:

Covenant House Washington is a subsidiary of Covenant House International, the largest, privately funded nonprofit service organization serving homeless young people in the Americas. Covenant House Washington has been providing crisis, educational and work training, and long-term housing services to homeless and disconnected youth in the Greater DC Region since 1995. For more information on special events, accomplishments, programs and services please visit Covenant House Washington’s website at www.covenanthousedc.org.

 

Virginia Williams and granddaughter Naiya Garrett - family photo

DC’s Longtime “First Mom” Virginia Williams Succumbs to Illness

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January 24, 2014

Contact:
Tony Bullock (202) 557-8164

Washington, D.C. Former Mayor Anthony A. Williams announced today that his mother Virginia E. Hayes Williams died in Los Angeles after a brief illness. Mrs. Williams, a former professional singer and postal worker, was 87.

A colorful and energetic woman, Williams was known for her enthusiasm for the District of Columbia and her love of song. It has been said that she would never miss an opportunity to sing, and did so frequently at official functions, churches and social gatherings.

Virginia Williams was the mother of eight children and managed to send them all to college. When her son Anthony Williams announced his candidacy for mayor in Petworth in 1998, she was by his side and she stayed in the District throughout his eight years at the helm of the Nation’s Capital.

She quickly assumed the role of “First Mother” of the District and her days were filled with appearances where she would serve as a surrogate for the mayor, attending events at schools, ribbon cuttings and senior citizens centers.

“My mother was a great joy in my life, and she had a huge impact on the District,” said former Mayor Anthony Williams, now Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Federal City Council. “She was an incomparable performer on stage, but her real performance was in service to the children and the families of our city,” he added.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to Covenant House in the District of Columbia, www.CovenantHouseDC.org.

 

Ford's Theatre Society cast of 'A Christmas Carol' December 2013

Ford’s Theatre Society Audiences Give More Than $77,000 To Covenant House Washington During Performances Of A Christmas Carol

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January 3, 2014

Contact:
Lauren Beyea, Publicist lbeyea@fords.org
(202) 434-9543

Ford’s Theatre
511 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

www.fords.org

(Washington, DC)- Ford’s Theatre Society announced that a donation drive during performances of A Christmas Carol has raised $77,413.42 for the local charity Covenant House Washington. Donations were collected November 21-December 23, 2013. In addition to the curtain call collection, patrons also were encouraged to make donations through the Ford’s Theatre Box Office, and members of the Ford’s Theatre Society staff donated money to the campaign.

“I am deeply grateful for our audience’s generosity this holiday season,” said Director of Ford’s Theatre Society Paul R. Tetreault. “This tremendous outpouring of goodwill will help Covenant House Washington provide critical resources for hundreds of youth struggling with abuse and homelessness within Washington.”

This is the fifth year that Ford’s Theatre has partnered with a local non-profit during its run of A Christmas Carol. Including this year’s campaign, the cast and crew has raised more than $375,000 for local charities over the last five years, including Covenant House Washington, Martha’s Table, Miriam’s Kitchen, So Others Might Eat (SOME) and Bread for the City, to help sustain their work with thousands in the D.C. – area who struggle with hunger and homelessness.

“We are elated that Ford’s Theatre partnered with Covenant House Washington (CHW) for their annual nonprofit donation from A Christmas Carol. Last year alone CHW provided over 40,000 meals to young people, housing and sanctuary to over 400 homeless youth, as well as education, employment, and support services to hundreds,” stated Dr. Madye Henson, President and CEO of Covenant House Washington. “This generous contribution from Ford’s Theatre, its patrons and staff provides significant support and needed resources to continue and expand this work in the region.”

Covenant House Washington

Since 1995, Covenant House Washington has been a lifeline to more than 30,000 youth within greater Washington. Covenant House Washington is the D.C. affiliate of Covenant House International, the nation’s largest privately funded nonprofit organization responding to the needs of young people who suffer from homelessness, abuse and neglect. Covenant House Washington’s goal is to serve fragile young people who are disconnected, abused or homeless with absolute respect and unconditional love and to provide support to needed to help stabilize their lives. To find out more, visit www.covenanthousedc.org.

Ford’s Theatre Society

Since reopening in 1968, more than a hundred years after President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, Ford’s Theatre has celebrated Lincoln’s legacy and explored the American experience through theatre and education. Under the leadership of Director Paul R. Tetreault, Ford’s Theatre has been recognized for the superior quality of its artistic programming. With works from the nationally acclaimed Big River to the world premieres of Meet John Doe, The Heavens Are Hung In Black, Liberty Smith and Necessary Sacrifices, Ford’s Theatre is making its mark on the American theatre landscape. For its accomplishments, the organization was honored in 2008 with the National Medal of Arts. For more information, visit www.fords.org.

 

Dr. Madye Henson, President and CEO of Covenant House Washington and the Greater DC Region

Covenant House Washington Announces New President and CEO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

December 16, 2013

Contact:
Alexis Lindsay, alindsay@chdc.org
Communications and Special Events Manager
(202) 610-9602

(Washington, DC)- Covenant House International and Covenant House Washington Board of Directors are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Madye G. Henson as the new President and CEO of Covenant House Washington and the Greater DC Regio

“Madye has dedicated her professional life to improving educational opportunities for our children and promoting effective volunteerism and community service in the Washington D.C. area,” said Covenant House President Kevin Ryan. “She brings passion, expertise, and compassion that will help us better serve more homeless youth. She will be a strong voice for young people who too often are forgotten by society, and to have her leadership as we fight for the lives of our youth is a real blessing.”

Cell Bernardino, Chair of Covenant House Washington’s Board of Directors also added, “We are pleased to find a candidate with Dr. Madye Henson’s combination of business, nonprofit, and educational innovation experience. Her record of success in fundraising and building partnerships, her demonstrated leadership skills, and her clear affinity for our mission bode well for Covenant House Washington’s future.”

As President and CEO of Covenant House Washington and the Greater DC Region, Dr. Henson will work to heighten regional and national awareness; create strategic partnerships; strengthen and expand services and programming; and continue to make Covenant House Washington a lifeline to quality resources for more than 30,000 young people within the Greater Washington Region.

I am thrilled to be a part of an incredible organization like Covenant House that provides needed educational, housing, and support services to our most fragile young people, those that are homeless, runaways, and disconnected in our region,” said Dr. Henson.

Most recently, Dr. Henson served as the Deputy Superintendent for Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) where she was instrumental in the district’s success in launching an innovative satellite high school, community engagement, and vital student support services. Prior to this, Dr. Henson served as the President and CEO of HandsOn Greater DC Cares (HGDCC), leading the way in the mobilization of volunteerism and community service impact across the Greater DC Region. Dr. Henson also served as the Vice President of Community Impact Development with United Way Worldwide that followed a number of years where she worked as a leader in business and the community.

Dr. Henson’s vast experience with implementing innovative strategies and solutions that lead to measurable results across all sectors is evident in both her professional and civic accomplishments and affiliations. Dr. Henson has served on the board of United Way of Greater St. Louis as Chair of Community Investments and presently serves on the Community Advisory Board for NBC4 in Washington, DC.

Dr. Henson earned a doctorate of management and a masters of business administration from Webster University. Her undergraduate bachelor of science in business is from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

About Covenant House Washington:

Covenant House Washington is a subsidiary of Covenant House International, the largest, privately funded nonprofit service organization serving homeless young people in the Americas. Covenant House Washington has been providing crisis, educational and work training, and long-term housing services to homeless and disconnected youth in the Greater DC Region since 1995. For more information on special events, accomplishments, programs and services please visit Covenant House Washington’s website at www.covenanthousedc.org.

 

Covenant House Sleep Out logo 2013.

Covenant House Washington
Executive Sleep Out 2013 – Media Recap Report

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CHW Newsroom- Covenant House Washington Executive Sleep Out 2013

Covenant House – Sleep Out, website

November 30th, 2013

Covenant House Washington’s Executive Sleep Out Raises $164K and Helps Donors Experience Homelessness Firsthand.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 21, 2013): On Thursday, November 21st, Covenant House Washington hosted the second annual Sleep Out: Executive Edition, bringing together hundreds of community members, homeless youth, anddozens of business leaders to raise awareness and critical funds for Washington, D.C.’s homeless youth.

At the Candlelight Vigil held before the Sleep Out, Mayor Vincent Gray spoke about the pressing need to raise awareness about youth homelessness –especially in our nation’s capital, which has one of the highest rates in the country. It’s estimated nearly 3,000 young people struggle with homeless each year, and on any given night, 400 youth turn to sleep on the street as their last resort.

More than thirty local business leaders put philanthropy into action by sleeping on the street in solidarity with homeless youth. Participation in this year’s event more than doubled. While one night on the street hardly compares to what homeless kids go through each and every day, we know from experience that this one night has the power to leave a lasting impact on all involved.

Each of the executives—including Michelle Freeman, Patrice and Scott Brickman, Guy Brami –slept out with the backdrop of the Covenant House Washington in Southeast Washington.

This year, C.Fox Communications collaborated with Covenant House Washington and worked with some of the youth to tell their story first-hand. Donte Davis and Rashid Mills both candidly spoke about their experiences in a wide variety of media interviews including Let’s Talk Live, Washington Afro American, WPGC’s Sunday Morning Affairs Show, and more. Both Donte and Rashid were a major focus ofAudrey Barnes stories on WTTG Fox 5. Donte’s original essay, “No Longer Sleeping On The Streets” went live on Washingtonian’s Washington Voicesblog on November 25.

Sleep Out: By The Numbers

  • 125+ local leaders, community members at the Candlelight Vigil
  • 30+ Executive Sleepers
  • 1 satellite truck for WTTG live hits
  • Coordinated 30+ interviews for Covenant House spokespeople, youth, and executive sleepers
  • To date, 31 media hits
  • 85 Round Table participants
  • 10,688,146 media impressions to date
  • Hundreds of posts on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
  • opinion pieces featured in Washington Post’s On Giving & Washingtonian’s Washington Voices
  • Event raised more than $163,600, exceeding Covenant House Washington’s $150,000 goal

 

About Covenant House

Covenant House Washington is a subsidiary of Covenant House International, the largest, privately funded
nonprofit service organization serving homeless young people in the Americas. Covenant House Washington
has been providing crisis, educational and work training, and long-term housing services to homeless youth in
Washington, D.C. for 16 years. For more information on special events, accomplishments, programs and services
please visit Covenant House Washington’s website at www.covenanthousedc.org.

 

Homeless Youth in the Work Readiness Education & Training Program

Covenant House Washington Celebrates Record Number Of Youth Graduates

City’s Homeless and Disconnected Youth Honored During Organization’s Summer Graduation GED Ceremony

 

MEDIA ALERT – Photo and interview opportunities available.

July 12th, 2013

Contact:
Patrice Cameau, pc@patricecameau.com

What:
Record number of homeless and disconnected D.C. young people to receive their GEDs through Covenant House Washington’s Work Readiness and Education Training (WRET) program.

When:
Friday, July 12, 2013
9:00 a.m. – Covenant House Washington and graduate interview availability

10:00 a.m. – Graduation program begins Remarks by Daniel Brannen, Executive Director of Covenant House Washington; Rickita Perry, ABE/GED Education Specialists; Gerald Turner, GED graduate. Other Covenant House Washington representatives and graduates available for interviews, by request.

Details:
More than 30 homeless and disconnected Washington young people will receive their GEDs, marking the successful completion of Covenant House Washington’s WRET program.

WRET is a free program that provides homeless and disconnected young people with the academic, vocational and social tools needed to enter the workforce. WRET includes adult basic education (ABE) and GED classes, and work-readiness training that connects young people to work opportunities, provides job placement assistance and transition support, and gives participants acces to further education and training programs.

About Covenant House:

Covenant House Washington is a subsidiary of Covenant House International, the
largest, privately funded nonprofit service organization serving homeless young people
in the Americas. Covenant House Washington has been providing crisis, educational
and work training, and long-term housing services to homeless youth in Washington,
D.C. for 16 years. For more information on special events, accomplishments,
programs and services please visit Covenant House Washington’s website at
www.covenanthousedc.org.

 

Covenant House Sleep Out Young Professionals logo.

Covenant House Washington Unites DC Young
Professionals To Support Homeless Youth

Covenant House – Sleep Out: Young Professional Edition, website

April 12th, 2013

WPGC 95.5 Radio Personality, Sunni, and other local influencers lead the effort
to raise $30,000 for homeless programs a Covenant House Washington

WASHINGTON, DC: More than 30 Washington area young professionals will sleep out
on the streets of Southeast D.C. in solidarity to raise awareness and more than
$30,000 for the city’s homeless youth population on April 12, 2013 during the Sleep
Out: Young Professional Edition. The funds raised by participants will support
Covenant House Washington’s efforts to provide crisis and long-term housing, along
with educational and work training services for homeless youth.

“It’s amazing the impact that sleeping out just one night can have on participants,”
said Covenant House Washington Executive Director Dan Brannen. “Covenant
House hopes that this inaugural Young Professional Sleep Out will galvanize a core
group and encourage them to continue supporting homeless youth, as they will see
first-hand what it’s like to sleep out on the street.”

“The young professionals participating in this Covenant House Sleep Out are
sending a clear message to homeless kids – that they will stand with them in their
struggle, celebrate their courage and support their dreams for a better life.” The
group of inaugural Young Professional Sleep Out participants represents more than
40 businesses throughout the metropolitan area, spanning a variety of industries
and educational concentrations.

“Growing up in refugee camps, I identify with homeless youth and look forward
to showing them that the entire city is to help them,” said Sunni, radio personality
at WPGC 95.5. “I know that spending one night in the streets won’t compare what
homeless youth endure on a daily basis, but it’s a step in the right direction to make
sure that young professionals in the city are working to end youth homelessness
city-wide.”

The DC event will be the second of three Covenant House Young Professional Sleep
Outs – the first will take place in New York City on March 22 and the last will take
place in Los Angeles on April 19. Covenant House has committed to raising a total of
$160,000 across the three cities. Many sleepers are taking to social media to spread
the word and secure donations, using the Twitter hashtag, #YPSleepOut, to start
conversations about homeless youth and garner support from their online network.

The Sleep Out: Young Professional Edition in D.C. will begin at 7:00 pm, at the
Covenant House Washington facility at 2001 Mississippi Avenue, S.E. You can view a
list of current participants at the event website, www.YPSleepOut.org.

About Covenant House:

Covenant House Washington is a subsidiary of Covenant House International, the
largest, privately funded nonprofit service organization serving homeless young people
in the Americas. Covenant House Washington has been providing crisis, educational
and work training, and long-term housing services to homeless youth in Washington,
D.C. for 16 years. For more information on special events, accomplishments,
programs and services please visit Covenant House Washington’s website at
www.covenanthousedc.org.

 

AT&T logo (STOCK)

Covenant House, Washington, DC Recieves $10,000 From AT&T
To Strengthen Workforce Training Programs

February 1, 2013

Covenant House Washington (CHW) received a $10,000
contribution from AT&T to support its Workforce Readiness and Education Training program.

Washington, DC – The most recent contribution from AT&T will be used to prepare low income students for the
workforce by providing numerous experiences such as job shadowing, internships, networking
opportunities, resume writing and interview skill training as well as General Education
Development (GED) support. In 2011, the company contributed $50,000 to support this
initiative.

“To prevent homelessness in young people transitioning into adulthood, you equip them with
education, skills and training necessary so that they may garner a living wage and begin to
establish a career path. AT&T continues to work with us so that our workforce initiatives
remain strong and we can better serve the courageous young people who come to our doors,”
said Dan Brannen, Executive Director of Covenant House.

J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid Atlantic said the project is aligned with AT&T’s
signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, which supports projects with an emphasis on
high school success and workforce readiness.

“AT&T is proud of our relationship with Covenant House, which does extraordinary things
to help the less fortunate residents of the District of Columbia,” said Schweder. “Working
together, we can help young people in the District of Columbia get their lives back on track and
prepare for the work force.

In 2012 Covenant House Washington served over 2,000 young people throughout all of their
programs. To date, The Covenant House Washington Workforce Readiness Education and
Training Program has served 434 youth who are working towards their GED and gaining
employment.

About Covenant House Washington

Covenant House Washington is a subsidiary of Covenant House International, the largest,
privately funded nonprofit service organization serving homeless young people in the
Americas. Covenant House Washington has been providing crisis, educational and work training, and long-term housing services to homeless youth in Washington, D.C. for 16 years. For more information on special events, accomplishments, programs and services
please visit Covenant House Washington’s website: www.covenanthousedc.org.

About Philanthropy at AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and
improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives, AT&T has a long history of supporting
projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement;
and address community needs. In 2011, more than $115 million was contributed through
corporate-, employee- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs.

 

Covenant House Sleep Out logo.

C-Level Executives Spend A Night On The Streets Of Southeast D.C.
In Support Of Homeless Youth

Download the Executive Sleep Out – Media Recap Report

CHW Newsroom- Covenant House Washington Executive Sleep Out 2012

CHW Newsroom- HuffPost Live Coverage of The Executive Sleep Out

Covenant House – Sleep Out, website

Nov. 27th, 2012

Covenant House Washington’s Executive Sleep Raises $60K and Helps Donors Experience Homelessness Firsthand.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 19, 2012): Last week, during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness
Week, Covenant House Washington hosted its first Executive Sleep Out, where 18 executives slept on the
streets of Southeast D.C. in solidarity with homeless youth and raised $60,000 in support of Covenant House
Washington’s efforts to curtail the problems of youth homelessness in and around the nation,s capital.

The Sleep Out kicked off with a candlelight vigil, featuring local recording artists Reesa Renee and Gerald Scott & Company, which was followed by a reception and an opportunity for homeless youth to share their stories with
sleepers, including Michelle Freeman of Carl M. Freeman Companies, Robert Egger of D.C. Central Kitchen, and
Chuck Bean of the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington.

“We know from experience that just one night leaves a lasting impact on those unaccustomed to the discomfort
of sleeping on the streets,” said Covenant House Washington Executive Director Dan Brannen. “It’s not just about
writing a check. It’s about truly experiencing and understanding what it feels like to be homeless, so that we can
do something about it.”

This event, which took place simultaneously in 14 other cities across North America and collectively raised just
over $2.5 million
, offered donors the ability to experience firsthand what they’re seeking to prevent – while
creating deeper bonds between the executives and the homeless teens who so desperately need their help.
Many sleepers took to social media, using the hashtag #CHSleepOut to start conversations about the inspirational
experience and the respect they have for those who experience homelessness on a daily basis.

“Spending one night on the streets doesn’t come close to what homeless teens experience every day, but it’s
an important starting point for executives in our community to get to the heart of this problem and outline
solutions,” said Guy Brami, principal of Washington, D.C. – based Gelberg Signs, who slept in a sleeping bag on a
slat of cardboard during the Sleep Out.

In Washington, D.C., where the poverty rate for children and young people is the highest in the nation (30
percent), Covenant House Washington provides crucial services to support this population. In 2011 alone,
Covenant House Washington:

  • Served more than 40,000 meals to hungry young people and their children;
  • Provided housing and sanctuary to 424 homeless young people and their children;
  • Delivered educational support to 188 young people and their children;
  • Helped 81 young people attain employment; and
  • Kept 346 teenagers off the streets and out of harm’s way with its prevention services.

 

About Covenant House

Covenant House Washington is a subsidiary of Covenant House International, the largest, privately funded
nonprofit service organization serving homeless young people in the Americas. Covenant House Washington
has been providing crisis, educational and work training, and long-term housing services to homeless youth in
Washington, D.C. for 16 years. For more information on special events, accomplishments, programs and services
please visit Covenant House Washington’s website at www.covenanthousedc.org.

 

Reid Temple Christian Academy website banner.

Reid Temple Christian Academy students walk for
Covenant House Washington homeless youth.

October 28th, 2011
On Friday, October 28, 2011, at 2:00pm, students from Reid Temple Christian Academy, located at 11400 Glenn Dale Boulevard, Glen Dale, MD will participate in Fannie Mae’s Help the Homeless Program by conducting a Mini-Walk at their school. Approximately 250 students will be participating in the walk to benefit homelessness agency service provider, Covenant House Washington. This Mini-Walk is one of many leading up to the Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walkathon 2011, a 5k walk on the National Mall held annually around Thanksgiving. The 2011 walkathon will be held November 19th.

The group is walking to raise awareness and funds to support organizations working to prevent and end homelessness in the Washington, D.C. area. Since 1988, the Help the Homeless Program has raised more than $85 million, impacting thousands of families and children in our communities. The program works to raise public awareness to prevent and end homelessness, help local organizations raise funds and build capacity to serve the homeless population, and educate the public about issues of homelessness and encourage volunteerism in their communities.

The Reid Temple Christian Academy students designated Covenant House Washington (CHW) as their Mini-Walk beneficiary. Covenant House Washington provides homeless services and supports to youth ages 18-24 in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Located in the 8th Ward of the District, Covenant House Washington provides a safe haven for the homeless and disconnected youth, many of whom are parenting youth and have small children. Covenant House Washington has a number of programs to meet the immediate and transitional needs of homeless youth. These programs include a 24 hour Crisis Shelter, Temporary and Supportive Housing programs, Work Readiness Education and Training program, an accredited Child Development Center for the children ages 6 weeks-3 years of parenting youth, the Prevention Services Program for school aged youth grades 5-9, as well as additional connections to employment opportunities, community supports, and case management.

If you are interested in participating in the Fannie Mae Help the Homeless walkathon, you may register to do so by visiting their website, helpthehomelessdc.org. Select Covenant House Washington as your designated beneficiary by using the code DC028. If you would like more information about this event, please contact Carlette Mack, Director of External Affairs for Covenant House at (202) 610-7897, cmack@chdc.org.

 

Standard logo for Walmart.

$250,000 Workforce Grant – Walmart and CFNCR

October 12th, 2011
COVENANT HOUSE WASHINGTON AWARDED $250,000 WORKFORCE GRANT
FROM THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AND WALMART

Partnership aims to stem the tidal wave of unemployment among older teens and young adults.

(Washington, DC) – As Washington, D.C. enters another season with double digit unemployment, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and Walmart today announced $1.25 million in multi-year strategic workforce development grants. As a part of The Community Foundation’s Walmart Washington@Work Initiative, Covenant House Washington was awarded a two-year grant of $250,000.

In August 2011, Walmart announced a strategic partnership with The Community Foundation and the University of the District of Columbia Community College (CCDC) on a workforce development initiative. As one of the youth/young adult service partners in this initiative, Covenant House Washington will expand its current workforce and educational service components to serve 250 homeless and disconnected young people over the course of the next two years.

“Homeless and struggling young people come to us every day seeking answers. Nearly 9 out of 10 of them are unemployed. This grant and partnership with The Community Foundation and Walmart will enable us to give them some real answers: employment skill development, educational enhancement, comprehensive services to meet their current challenges and jobs'” stated Dan Brannen, Executive Director of Covenant House Washington.

Covenant House Washington’s current Workforce Readiness Education and Training (WRET) program prepares struggling young people (18-24 years of age) for successful, self-sufficient adult lives. Through needs assessments, case management, career coaching, work readiness training, job placement and retention assistance and educational support (GED preparation and adult literacy), Covenant House Washington will better prepare these young people for futures in the sales and service sector.

Covenant House Washington was established in May of 1995 to address widespread problems of homelessness and poverty among teenagers and young adults. The agency provides 24/7 crisis care and on-going, longer-term support for young people in need of a safe haven. Assistance for youth is available by calling the NINELINE-1800-999-9999. For more information about Covenant House Washington, visit www.covenanthousedc.org or call 202-610-9600.

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