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For over 30 years, Covenant House New Jersey has been serving homeless youth between the ages of 18 to 21, operating in 5 cities across New Jersey.

The Beginning
  • A man smiling outside in a garden


    Covenant House began serving NJ’s homeless youth through street outreach offering food, clothing, counseling and referrals for shelter.

    Store front opened on St. James Place, Atlantic City.

    Store front opened on Broad Street, Newark.

  • A group of young people smiling outside a Covenant House


    Store front moved from Broad Street to William Street, Newark.

    Store front moved from St. James Place to 2811 Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic City.

  • Two people smiling at the camera


    Housing Youth at the Broad Street Hotel, Newark.

    Housing youth at various rooming houses in Atlantic City.

  • Three people smiling and talking inside Covenant House


    Moved into Atlantic City Rights of Passage (ROP) on Pacific Avenue providing 20 beds. This was the first of many Rights of Passage homes.

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  • exterior view of New Jersey's first crisis center


    Opened our first NJ Crisis Center in Atlantic City at 929 Atlantic Avenue with 28 beds.

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  • Child sleeping outside


    New Jersey Homeless Youth Act is signed by Governor at our Atlantic City site.

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  • Exterior view of the Newark Crisis center


    Newark Crisis Center opens at 330 Washington St. with 45 beds.

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  • Three people posing for a picture who look happy and proud


    Opened Newark’s first Rights of Passage home at 49 Hanford Street.

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  • woman holding a baby


    CHNJ collaborates with Raphael’s Life House, opening to provide residential and support services for 12 young women who are expectant or with newborns in Elizabeth.

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  • Drawing of a graduation cap


    Our Youth Advocacy Center and the Garden State Coalition facilitated the passage of the New Jersey Tuition Waiver Bill.

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  • A choir singing on a stage with purple lighting on the stage


    Night of Broadway Stars Neil Berg and his talented Broadway partners produced the first of what has become our signature fundraising event.

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  • Exterior of Atlantic City transitional home


    New Right of Passages transitional living homes open in Atlantic City with 20 beds.

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  • Three women sitting on a coach smiling


    Two new Right of Passages transitional living homes open Newark with a total of 14 beds.

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  • Exterior view of Nancy's place


    Nancy’s Place opens in Montclair with 8 beds, serving youth with behaviorial health diagnosis.

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  • A woman and her child playing


    Took ownership of Raphael’s Life House building at 231 Court Street, Elizabeth.

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  • Exterior view of the Jersey City Covenant House


    Jersey City Drop-in Center opens.

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  • Exterior view of Ashbury park Covenant House


    Asbury Park Drop-in Center opens.

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  • 2012

    Camden Drop-in Centers opens.

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  • Raphael’s Life House


    Raphael Life’s House underwent major renovations continuing to provide a safe haven for young families as long as they need us.

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  • A woman holding a box in an apartment while she smiles proudly


    Opened Supportive Apartment Living (SAL) program opens in Newark on Walnut Street with 6 beds and in Montclair on Munn Avenue with 10 beds.

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  • 2014

    Covenant House New Jersey turns 25 years old!  

  • A girl smiling while working at a computer


    Dove Learning Center launched pilot to equip our young people with resilience skills to assist them with maintaining a positive living environment.

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  • 2017

    Human Trafficking study is published by Covenant House New Jersey


    “Recognizing Human Trafficking Among Homeless Youth.”

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  • Concept drawing for the Street Mission house


    StreetLight Mission of Elizabeth merged with Covenant House donating property and resources. Property will be developed as StreetLight providing a home to 20 more young people.

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  • The exterior of a house with a banner welcoming people on it


    Rights of Passage, Asbury Park opens in a beautiful new home provided by Interfaith Neighbors (IN). IN has an established track record of successfully delivering projects in a highly efficient and effective manner with a reputation for excellence. This ROP provides a home for 5 males.

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  • screenshot of the front page of the youth report


    Human Trafficking article is published in the Child and Youth Services Review 91, “A Supportive Adult May Be the Difference in Homeless Youth Not Being Trafficked.”

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  • screenshot of the front page of the youth report


    Human Trafficking article is published in the Child and Youth Services Review 98, “Screening for Human Trafficking Among Homeless Young Adults.”

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  • 30th Anniversary styled image


    Covenant House New Jersey celebrates 30 years with launch of Covenant Circle.

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  • November 14, 2019

    Rights of Passage, Asbury Park On November 14, 2019, Interfaith Neighbors of Asbury Park (IFN) and Covenant House NJ (CHNJ) dedicated Rights of Passage II. Administered by CHNJ, Rights of Passage is an 18-month long, semi-independent, life skills training program that requires its residents to return to school and/or seek stable employment.

    The home will host five young women at a time who have been experiencing unstable housing conditions.

  • April 10, 2020

    As the world struggles to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, CHNJ continues to care for young people in need across the state of New Jersey.

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