Friday, February 15, 2008
The New Covenant
Covenant House provides shelter and other services to homeless, runaway and throwaway youth. It is the largest privately-funded outreach in North and South America. Since its beginning in New York City in 1972, Covenant House has outreaches in 21 cities throughout the United States, Canada, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua. Covenant House operates a 24-hour crisis hotline in the United States called the NINELINE, 1-800-999-9999 or http://www.nineline.org/.
In addition to food, shelter, clothing and immediate crisis care, Covenant House provides a variety of services to homeless, runaway and throwaway youth including medical care, educational and vocational programs, drug abuse treatment and prevention programs, legal aid services, recreation programs, mother/child programs, transitional living programs, life-skills training and street outreach.
A typical year for Covenant House is to provide services to more than 60,000 youth. Covenant House street outreach teams made contact with an additional 28,000 homeless and at-risk youth on the streets in the 21 cities where Covenant House operates facilities. The NINELINE received and immediately responded to more than 48,000 crisis calls from youngsters all over the United States who needed immediate help and had nowhere else to turn. The Covenant House 24-hour national crisis hotline in Mexico, received and responded to more than 13,000 crisis calls.
More on the Internet http://www.covenanthouse.org/
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