Covenant House California (CHC) is a non-profit youth homeless shelter that provides sanctuary and support for homeless and trafficked youth, ages 18-24. We believe that no young person deserves to be homeless; that every young person in California deserves shelter, food, clothing, education … and most importantly, to be loved. Now serving over 1,800 youth a year, CHC has served over 186,000 homeless youth since we’ve opened our doors. CHC provides a full continuum of services to meet the physical, emotional, educational, vocational, and spiritual well-being of young people, in order to provide them with the best chance for success in independence.
OUR MISSION“Covenant House California is dedicated to serving all God’s children, with absolute respect and unconditional love, to help youth experiencing homelessness, and to protect and safeguard all youth in need.”
Our Street Outreach teams in Los Angeles and the East Bay actively seek out young people experiencing homelessness who may need help. The team assists with critical safety needs by providing transportation to a safe shelter. Young people living on the streets can receive, food, water, hygiene kits, warm clothing, blankets, counseling and referrals to needed services such as medical care and employment and education services. Most importantly, our Street Outreach Program shows youth that they are cared for, and worth being pursued.
Youth receive a nutritious meal, take a hot shower, receive hygiene products, and get new clothing and shoes. They can request and receive medical and mental health services, case management services, and take part in the education and employment program.
For many reasons, not all youth experiencing homelessness are ready or able to be housed. Often, there are not enough beds in the community to house them. For these youth, our Oakland site offers a Drop-In Center where young people can rest during the day, can shower, get a meal, do laundry, have internet access, as well as access to day-programming, case management and referrals to additional services.
MEDICAL & MENTAL HEALTH
CHC provides valuable medical and mental health services for youth experiencing homelessness. In Los Angeles, youth can see a nurse, nurse practitioner, physician and psychiatrist in the Dr. Richard and Patricia Meehan Medical Clinic. In Oakland, youth receive care through a mobile clinic that comes to the shelter, as well as connection with a local FQHC. Youth in either location can receive physical exams, urgent care, immunizations and TB screenings. CHC also provides treatment for chronic health issues, HIV/STD counseling, and helps youth apply for Medi-Cal. Mental Health services are provided by both Licensed LCSWs or MFTs, as well as LCSW and MFT interns.
Our employment specialists provide career case management, teach youth how to find job openings, apply, interview, dress and behave in the workplace. CHC offers onsite and offsite internship programs allow youth to gain verifiable work experience as well as earn a small stipend. Youth can access a professional clothing closet and transportation assistance through this program as well.
Our education specialists provide education case management, helping youth complete or continue their education. Youth can receive tutoring, mentoring, access to a computer lab, study for their GED, or learn English as a Second Language. In Los Angeles, CHC also partners with Five Keys Charter School to provide onsite opportunities for youth to earn a high school diploma.
Welcoming those of all faiths, our Spiritual Ministry program aims to provide not only opportunities for our residents to experience and explore spiritual growth. It also provides the opportunity for our staff, volunteers, and youth to experience the reward of giving back to others in need. Spiritual ministry services also assist youth who have a strong faith background or are seeking meaning for their life through spiritual exploration and growth.
Thanks SO MUCH to my guest Pres/CEO Bill Bedrossian ...find out more about the GREAT work they are doing here: https://covenanthousecalifornia.org/