Covenant House Alaska offers homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth ages 13 to 21 a safe place to stay and get help 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, entirely free of charge. We meet our kids where they are, often on the streets, and develop a trusting relationship. These youth have been failed and we are there to support them. Once weve met their need for shelter, food and medical care 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 needed to end the cycle of homelessness.
The core of our mission is, "We who recognize Gods 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."
Covenant House Alaskas full mission statement can be found on our website at: http://www.covenanthousealaska.org
How Pick.Click.Give. makes a difference
Lets meet Kristina: She was born to a single, alcoholic mother and never knew her father. Her mom would fly into drunken abusive rages and Kristina, being the eldest of three siblings, bore the brunt. She was forced into the role of caregiver in her family, even for her mom. She frequently was 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" and became addicted to meth. After being arrested several times, she was finally court-ordered into drug treatment.
When she first came to Covenant House, her anger made her difficult to work with. She would often storm out, only to return a few weeks later to try again. Everything changed the day we discovered that Kristina couldnt read. 18 years old, a lifetime of abuse, wisdom beyond her years, and she couldnt read so much as a STOP sign. Kristina decided she was going to learn to read and get her G.E.D. People from her past told us that she wouldnt 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 improved her reading, we saw that old anger less and much more of her smile. 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 achievement.
Kristina went on her way, and fell out of contact with us for a time. We heard shed gone to Arizona to live with her sisters. One day, we received a letter from Kristina telling us she was well and thanking us for believing in her. Attached to her letter was a copy of her acceptance into Arizona State University.
Kristina is one of many like her today who are helped by support of Covenant House Alaska through Pick.Click.Give. Thank you for helping us give more stories like Kristinas the happy endings they deserve.