Covenant House Filled Beyond Capacity In Its Service to Homeless Young People in Detroit

Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Covenant House

    DETROIT, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Covenant House Michigan Executive
 Director Sam G. Joseph said Wednesday the organization's Detroit Crisis
 Center, which provides food, shelter and clothing for homeless
 18-22-year-olds, has been filled beyond capacity since it opened one year ago.
     "When we opened our Crisis Center last April, we had room to accommodate
 12 people at one time," said Joseph.  "But we have been filled beyond that
 capacity every night during the past year with as many as 21 staying here on
 any given night.
     "Particularly troubling has been the growing frequency of homeless young
 mothers who have nowhere to turn."
     Joseph said more than 360 different young people have found emergency
 shelter in the past 12 months, with some staying for a night or two and others
 for weeks, depending on their needs.  They have come from all over the city
 and even from other states.  These kids have no other place to turn to and the
 roots of their problems are often abuse, neglect and abandonment.
     As Covenant House meets their immediate needs of food, shelter and
 clothing, its workers begin to gain the trust of these kids, eventually
 working with them to address deeper issues such as establishing life goals,
 completing their education, finding a job or even reconnecting with their
 families.
     Young people who have used the Crisis Center, participated in ceremonies
 Wednesday along with Congressman Joe Knollenberg and other dignitaries, to
 observe the first anniversary of Covenant House Michigan's Crisis Center for
 homeless young men and women in Detroit.  Knollenberg was honored for
 assistance he has provided the agency.
     The Crisis Center, one of four Covenant House locations in Detroit, is
 located on a 5.3-acre site at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr.,
 Blvd. and the Jeffries Service Drive that was donated to Covenant House by the
 Archdiocese of Detroit.  The site formerly housed a senior citizen housing
 facility known as the Kundig Center that was operated by the Archdiocese of
 Detroit.
     With four locations in Detroit and the development of new programs
 underway, Covenant House Michigan is serving the needs of homeless and at-risk
 youth in Metro Detroit.  The agency provides counseling, crisis intervention,
 job training and placement, GED preparation, substance abuse and domestic
 violence prevention and other services to help young people become independent
 adults.
     Covenant House is the largest privately funded childcare agency in the
 United States.  Last year, it provided residential and non-residential
 services to nearly 61,000 youth.  The Covenant House Nineline (800-999-9999)
 received more than 58,000 crisis calls from youngsters all over the country
 who needed immediate help and had nowhere else to turn.
 
 

SOURCE Covenant House
    DETROIT, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Covenant House Michigan Executive
 Director Sam G. Joseph said Wednesday the organization's Detroit Crisis
 Center, which provides food, shelter and clothing for homeless
 18-22-year-olds, has been filled beyond capacity since it opened one year ago.
     "When we opened our Crisis Center last April, we had room to accommodate
 12 people at one time," said Joseph.  "But we have been filled beyond that
 capacity every night during the past year with as many as 21 staying here on
 any given night.
     "Particularly troubling has been the growing frequency of homeless young
 mothers who have nowhere to turn."
     Joseph said more than 360 different young people have found emergency
 shelter in the past 12 months, with some staying for a night or two and others
 for weeks, depending on their needs.  They have come from all over the city
 and even from other states.  These kids have no other place to turn to and the
 roots of their problems are often abuse, neglect and abandonment.
     As Covenant House meets their immediate needs of food, shelter and
 clothing, its workers begin to gain the trust of these kids, eventually
 working with them to address deeper issues such as establishing life goals,
 completing their education, finding a job or even reconnecting with their
 families.
     Young people who have used the Crisis Center, participated in ceremonies
 Wednesday along with Congressman Joe Knollenberg and other dignitaries, to
 observe the first anniversary of Covenant House Michigan's Crisis Center for
 homeless young men and women in Detroit.  Knollenberg was honored for
 assistance he has provided the agency.
     The Crisis Center, one of four Covenant House locations in Detroit, is
 located on a 5.3-acre site at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr.,
 Blvd. and the Jeffries Service Drive that was donated to Covenant House by the
 Archdiocese of Detroit.  The site formerly housed a senior citizen housing
 facility known as the Kundig Center that was operated by the Archdiocese of
 Detroit.
     With four locations in Detroit and the development of new programs
 underway, Covenant House Michigan is serving the needs of homeless and at-risk
 youth in Metro Detroit.  The agency provides counseling, crisis intervention,
 job training and placement, GED preparation, substance abuse and domestic
 violence prevention and other services to help young people become independent
 adults.
     Covenant House is the largest privately funded childcare agency in the
 United States.  Last year, it provided residential and non-residential
 services to nearly 61,000 youth.  The Covenant House Nineline (800-999-9999)
 received more than 58,000 crisis calls from youngsters all over the country
 who needed immediate help and had nowhere else to turn.
 
 SOURCE  Covenant House