Covenant House New Jersey provides comprehensive residential care and related services to help New Jersey’s youth who have suffered from abuse, neglect, abandonment, homelessness, and human trafficking build a life for themselves that is good.
We journey with our young people from the streets, to our Residential Crisis Centers, to our transitional living homes, and on to independent living in the community to help them break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.
More than 3,000 young people served in 2018.
The journey to a bright future is possible, but it does not happen overnight. It takes courage, persistence, patience, resilience and true grit.
Our Outreach Team works to develop relationships with youth on the streets, building trust, offering them assistance with basic necessities and inviting them to stay at one of our Crisis Centers in Newark or Atlantic City.
We provide Drop-In services to youth walking in from the streets in five locations in New Jersey. This includes our three Drop-in Centers located in Asbury Park, Camden, and Jersey City and our two Crisis Centers located in Atlantic City and Newark.
When a young person comes into one of our Residential Crisis Centers for help, we meet them where they are. We start with a smile, a kind word, a meal, a shower, clean clothes, and a bed where our kids can safely get some much-needed rest.
Young people work to develop all of the skills and knowledge to live independently and make the transition to mature adulthood.
Through our Independent living services, we continue to support young people even after they’ve moved out of Covenant House New Jersey properties.
A young person’s journey to success does not end when they leave Covenant House. Our Alumni Services program supports past participants through their journey of independence and self-sufficiency.
747 Young people stayed overnight with us in 2018.
1 in 10 young people ages 18 to 25 experience a form of homelessness over a 12-month period.
In 2018, 1,334 people Slept Out so the 3,772 young people who came to us in need were able to find us open and ready to care for them. We need your help to ensure we are there for the kids still to come to us.
“All my friends looked like their parents…I didn’t have baby pictures, so I didn’t know who I looked like.”Read More
At 31 years old, Mike has seen his share of injustice. Growing up in Atlantic City in a home with limited resources, dysfunction, and disruption, he landed in a juvenile justice facility at a young age due to selling drugs to have money to live.Read More
For months Jeremiah had lived with an unsupportive family member and worked a “going nowhere” job. He said coming to Covenant House New Jersey was the motivation he needed to get serious about his life.Read More
I think I was fitted for this work. I know the fear and anger and bitterness and sadness being homeless and young can bring you. I know the heaviness of not knowing what’s going to happen next. But I also know that there is hope. That, with the right support, there is always hope.Read More
Are you a youth in need of help?