PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- McDonald's® Restaurants of the Greater Philadelphia Region along with Covenant House Pennsylvania and Covenant House New Jersey, the region's largest shelter specializing in serving homeless youth, have announced a partnership to help serve the young men and women of Covenant House. The partnership will kick off on National Coffee Day, September 29, with McDonald's restaurants across Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey donating 100 percent of all McCafé® drip coffee proceeds to Covenant House.
Covenant House assists 2,500 "invisible" homeless young people per year and provides safe housing for 500 youth. All coffee proceeds from participating Pennsylvania restaurants will be donated to the Covenant House Pennsylvania located in Philadelphia, while all proceeds from participating New Jersey restaurants will be donated to Covenant House New Jersey, located in Atlantic City.
In addition to the donation, McDonald's and Covenant House will work together to promote job opportunities for the young men and women at Covenant House. Beyond just gainful employment, the partnership will introduce Covenant House guests to the McDonald's Archways to Opportunity Program, an employee education initiative open to all McDonald's employees with nine months or more of service. The new Covenant House partnership, along with Delaware McDonald's year-long Coffee with a Cause program are all part of McDonald's larger commitment to giving back to their local communities.
"We are extremely humbled to partner with Covenant House," said John Durante, President, McDonald's of the Greater Philadelphia Region Owner/Operator Association. "Youth homelessness is an epidemic in our cities, and with this partnership, we are proud to give our local homeless youth the opportunity to succeed and thrive. McDonald's strives to be a good neighbor and support the local communities we serve. This partnership, along with our Delaware restaurants' Coffee with a Cause program, will help us make a lasting, positive impact in the community."
"Thanks to this donation and the partnership with McDonald's we are now able to provide more of our youth with great opportunities to succeed and thrive here in our community," said John Ducoff, Executive Director Covenant House Pennsylvania. "Many area youth are 'invisible' because they are couch surfing or riding the el end-to-end and not on street corners. Through the generosity of McDonald's, our youth will now have opportunities for gainful employment and benefits that will allow them to finish their degrees and support their families, and we are forever grateful."
"We are so proud and grateful for this amazing partnership with McDonald's," said Jim White, Executive Director of Covenant House New Jersey. "The funds raised will provide food, clothing, shelter, and counseling for homeless kids who have been robbed of the gifts of home and family. And the awareness raised will get more good people involved in helping homeless kids. McDonald's is helping to be a voice for a lot of kids who have no voice of their own and we're so grateful."
Coffee included in the promotion comes from McDonald's McCafé line, which includes regular and decaffeinated drip coffee made with sustainably sourced 100 percent Arabica beans, expertly roasted and freshly brewed in small batches at all McDonald's restaurants to ensure a consistently good cup of coffee at every visit.
For more information on the McDonald's and Covenant House Pennsylvania partnership, please contact Eddie Ravert at [email protected] or 215-790-4392
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About Covenant House Pennsylvania
Established in Philadelphia in 1999, Covenant House Pennsylvania (CHPA) is the largest provider of services to homeless and runaway youth in the city. CHPA serves runaway, homeless, and trafficked youth, including mothers with children, through 21 years of age, working to help youth escape the streets and transition to a life with stable housing, a solid educational foundation, and sustained employment. CHPA also provides longer–term living accommodation and support for youth through 24 years of age. CHPA's primary goal is to create a relationship with their kids based upon unconditional love and absolute respect. CHPA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information, please visit www.covenanthousepa.org.
About Covenant House New Jersey
Covenant House New Jersey is a privately funded non-profit organization with centers in Atlantic City and Newark, NJ. Operating in New Jersey since 1989, it is the largest provider in the state of services to homeless, at-risk, and trafficked adolescents under 22. In addition to food, shelter, clothing, and crisis care, Covenant House provides health care, educational and vocational services, counseling, drug abuse treatment and prevention programs, legal services, mother/child programs, transitional living programs, street outreach, and aftercare services. Tonight alone, they will give 132 homeless adolescents and 19 of their babies throughout the state a safe and caring place to live in North and South Jersey. Another dozen will be found by the Outreach teams on the street or walk through the doors of our Crisis Centers for the first time. More information can be found at nj.covenanthouse.org
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