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Covenant House New Jersey

For 30 years, Covenant House New Jersey has been serving homeless youth between the ages of 18 to 21, operating in 7 cities across New Jersey.

The Beginning
  • A man smiling outside in a garden

    1989

    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

    1991

    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

    1992

    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

    1994

    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

    1997

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

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  • Child sleeping outside

    1999

    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

    2000

    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

    2001

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

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  • woman holding a baby

    2003

    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

    2003

    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

    2004

    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

    2008

    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

    2008

    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

    2009

    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

    2009

    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

    2011

    Jersey City Drop-in Center opens.

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  • Exterior view of Ashbury park Covenant House

    2012

    Asbury Park Drop-in Center opens.

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  • 2012

    Camden Drop-in Centers opens.

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  • Raphael’s Life House

    2012

    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

    2013

    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

    2016

    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

    2017

    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

    2018

    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

    2018

    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

    2018

    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

    2019

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

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