As Women’s History Month comes to a close, CHNJ is amplifying the voice of women in our community because when Women Unite and bring their whole selves to create solutions the impact is felt by all of us.
Our great friend and neighbor, 1Huddle, continues to grow their support of the work we do to help youth facing homelessness. Their latest endeavor was to field a team participating in Sleep Out Community Edition on March 10th.
Volunteers continue to make an impact with the youth facing homelessness that we serve. Volunteers help us deliver services in areas such as education, employment, financial literacy, physical and mental wellness, and social navigation.
A New Year wouldn’t be complete without reflection on the year past. 2022 was a year to remember here at Covenant House New Jersey as we united around our youth finding ways to provide better care to more kids.
The Problem – Understanding the Circumstances of Homeless and Trafficked Youth Who Find Us
Homelessness happens for a range of reasons. Youth who are homeless find themselves disconnected from the necessary supports and systems that we may take for granted. Parental or adult support is often missing or abusive. Many of our youth have been part of systems such as foster care that can perpetuate their trauma.
Homeless and trafficked youth suffer disproportionately from trauma, sexual and physical abuse, involvement in the foster care system, domestic violence, mental health challenges, and life on the street.
Profile of Our Youth
27% victims of domestic violence
30% foster care history
35% justice system issues
37% mental health challenges
NIGHTS OF HOUSING PROVIDED
PERCENT OF YOUTH ENGAGED IN RESILIENCE BUILDING ACTIVITIES
Source: CHNJ FY22 Impact Report
We serve youth between 18 to 21 years old – a critical time for intervention, and a chance to change a young person’s life through the services we provide.
To better address the homeless and trafficked youth we serve, we have established CHART – Covenant House Action and Research Tank. CHART aims to contribute practical, evidence-based, and client-centered program approaches to regional and national dialogues about homelessness and trafficking. You can learn more about the work we’re doing at CHART by clicking here.