Covenant House Alaska's full mission statement can be found on our website at http://www.covenanthousealaska.org
The core of our mission statement is, "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."
How Pick.Click.Give. makes a difference
The support raised through Pick.Click.Give. helps Covenant House Alaska offer homeless, runaway, & at-risk youth ages 13 to 21 a safe place to stay and get help, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and all services are free of charge. We meet our kids where they are, often on the streets, and develop a trusting relationship. Our youth have been failed and we are there to support them. Once we've met the need for shelter, food and have provided the care they need we begin the "real" work. We provide our youth with a loving environment, we encourage them to make the choice to complete their education, find suitable employment and learn life skills to end the cycle of homelessness.
Let me introduce you to Kristina. She was born to a single, alcoholic mother and never knew her dad. Her mom often flew into alcohol-fueled abusive rages with Kristina, the oldest of three siblings, bearing the brunt. She was forced into the role of caregiver for her siblings and her mom as well. She was often in trouble at school, sometimes lashing out at her classmates, verbally and physically, resulting in numerous suspensions. To escape, she began using drugs and running away from home. Kristina was sexually assaulted by her "friends," became addicted to meth, was arrested several times, and finally court ordered into drug treatment.
When she first came to Covenant House, her anger made her difficult to work with. She would often leave in fits of rage, only to return a few weeks later to try again. Everything change the day we discovered that Kristina couldn’t read. 18 years old, a lifetime of abuse, wisdom beyond her years, and she couldn’t even read a STOP sign. Kristina decided she would learn to read and get her G.E.D. People from her past told us that she wouldn’t follow through—that we were wasting time on her. Instead, she showed up six hours a day for seven months to receive tutoring. As she progressed in her reading ability, her anger faded, replaced by smiles. Every time we saw her, she had a new book in her hand. The day she received her G.E.D., all of Covenant House stopped to recognize her accomplishment.
Kristina went on her way, and fell out of contact with us for a time. We heard she’d gone to Arizona to live with her sisters. One day, we received a letter from Kristina thanking us for believing in her and letting us know she was well. Attached to her letter was a copy of her acceptance into Arizona State University.