Featured Nonprofit: Covenant House
At Commonwealth we donate 12% of our net profits after each campaign to the nonprofit organization we are supporting at that time. Currently we are giving back to Covenant House. We have accepted Covenant House’s challenge to spend a night sleeping on the street so homeless kids don’t have to. The Sleep Out is not about pretending to be homeless. It’s an act of solidarity with the 4.2 million young people who experience homelessness each year. It’s a decision that we can’t stay indoors while so many kids remain outside. Please help us share the wealth by purchasing a product or donating directly to our Sleep Out page: https://www.sleepout.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=7795
Covenant House helps underprivileged youth ages 16-21 who are living without homes by providing a safe place to stay, shower, eat, and receive medical attention for up to two years. Covenant House Missouri is an affiliate of Covenant House International which began in 1960 in Manhattan. Since its creation Covenant house has opened 27 homes in cities throughout the United States, Canada, and Latin America. Covenant House Missouri was officially established in June 2001, when they opened their transitional living program village and has been helping homeless youth ever since.
As many as 9,000 unaccompanied youth are homeless each night in the state of Missouri. Covenant House Missouri has provided 9,530 nights of shelter to youth. CHMO has supported 3,371 individuals through residential, employment, health, and outreach programs. They have also provided 542 mental health visits in 2018 alone. This nonprofit is making a huge impact in our community and we hope to help them provide more assistance to the youth of Missouri in 2019.
The majority of the youth who CHMO takes in have experienced neglect, abuse, and poverty. Many are forced to escape these conditions from their unstable and unhealthy environments. This results in them being prime targets for trafficking because of their vulnerability. The young people that CHMO help are resilient and resourceful in securing what they need to survive. They have the desire to change, but because of their unstable environments they lack the skills and resources needed to continue their education or learn professional skills to excel in their future careers. The services that CHMO provides are crucial to the success of these young people’s futures. CHMO’s mission is to help these youth “develop character and life skills which allow them to become self-sufficient, productive, and contributing members of society.”