Covenant House New York is the nations largest adolescent care agency serving homeless, runaway and at-risk youth. Our doors are open 24 hours a day for youth in need.

Covenant House begun over 30 years ago when six young runaways were given shelter from a snowstorm, in the lower east side of Manhattan. Covenant House now has programs in 21 U.S. cities and Latin America. More than 77,000 young people are aided annually by Covenant House in its national and international programs.

Covenant House New York Mission Statement:

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 kids.

Covenant House Principles:

  • Immediacy
    Kids come to us 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 danger of the street.
  • Sanctuary
    The kids who come to us are often frightened and mistrustful. We protect them from the perils of the street. Youngsters can grow only when they feel safe and secure.
  • Value Communication
    Lying, cheating, and stealing are common survival tools on the street. We teach kid by example that caring relationships are based on trust, respect, and honesty.
  • Structure
    Kids on the street never know how they will get their next meal or where they will sleep. We provide a regular schedule that gives them the stability they need in order to focus on the future.
  • Choice
    Young people often feel powerless to control their lives, and fall into a self-defeating cycle of failure. We encourage kids to believe in themselves and to make serious choices about their futures.


Covenant House is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Phone:  212-330-0595
TTY/TDD/Etc:  1-800-999-9915


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