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. Our doors are open 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. On the streets they have few choices; hopelessness, deprivation, jail or Covenant House. Our youth have been failed and we are there to support them. We do this by first providing for their essential needs. Once we've met the need for shelter, food and have provided the care they so desperately need we begin the "real" work. By providing our youth with a loving environment, we are able to encourage them to make the choice to complete their education, find suitable employment and learn life skills to end the cycle of homelessness. Our services seek to protect youth from life on the streets and to encourage our youth to make the decision to gain the skills necessary to become self-sufficient.
Let me introduce you to Kisha. By age 14 Kisha had been in and out of McLaughlin Youth Center several times. At 15 she found out she was pregnant. Incredibly, she was given a second chance by her probation office. She applied to live in Covenant House’s program for teen mothers called Passage House. Suddenly life changed forever. After complications with her pregnancy, Kisha’s daughter Kadijah was taken by emergency C-section. It was later confirmed that Kadijah has Severe Cerebral Palsy. Shortly after Kadijah’s birth, there was an opening at Passage House. “This was when my life really began,” she says. At Passage House she learned daily living skills, financial skills, and parenting skills. There were times she couldn’t understand what they saw in her and why they were pushing her so hard. Now she knows why. “They believed in me and helped me to break through the barriers of being accepted into society and to reach my potential.” She knows part of her success was taking advantage of the opportunities Covenant House provided – job development skills, parenting support, education and referrals. “Covenant House never saw me for my juvenile background. They saw me for the person they knew I wanted to become.” Kisha is now a married mother of four girls, an owner of her own successful company serving developmentally disabled individuals, & an advocate for Covenant House Alaska.
Thank you for supporting the youth of Covenant House Alaska!