Covenant House Missouri


The mission of Covenant House Missouri is to serve suffering children of the street, and to protect and safeguard all children…with absolute respect and unconditional love.

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Address:2727 N. Kingshighway
St. Louis, MO 63113
Website:http://www.covenanthousemo.org
Email:sking@covenanthousemo.org
Phone Number:314-450-7661
Covenant House Missouri provides housing and support services to homeless and disconnected youth, ages 16-21 in the St. Louis region, primarily targeting solely "unfunded" youth. Our youth may have "aged out" of the foster care system, fled abuse or violence from within their families or been otherwise abandoned by those responsible to care for them. Our mission is to help homeless and disconnected youth begin the healing process from the trauma they have endured, and develop independent living skills that will help them transition into young adulthood. CHMO delivers an integrated continuum of care offering the following services: outreach, crisis (emergency shelter) services, transitional living services as well as counseling and case management, educational services through CHMO's on-site Big Picture School, job training and placement, life skills, medical services, recreational services and service learning opportunities. Last fiscal year, CHMO provided services to more than 4,600 individuals in need.
Sometimes, the place where we most belong is not the first place that we find. Such was the case for Diana, who came to Covenant House after a number of personal challenges. After fights with her family and bullying at her high school, Diana began self-harming - inflicting physical hurt as a way to cope with the emotional pain. She entered an in-patient program at a local hospital, but the day she turned 18, the hospital no longer had an obligation to care for her, and Diana found herself on the street.

With little knowledge of available resources, Diana hitched a ride to a homeless shelter that primarily serves adults, almost all of whom are men. The director of the shelter knew it was no place for Diana, and took her in person to Covenant House. Once here, her life began to change. For the first time in a long time, she had a sense of belonging. Diana moved from the Crisis Floor to the Transitional Living Program, and while life circumstances caused her to leave Covenant House from time to time, she always returned.

Under the roof of Covenant House, Diana made lasting friends, learned to budget, found and maintained a job, and earned her GED. Today, at age 22, she rents her own apartment in St. Louis City - and is a Covenant House volunteer. In fact, Diana recently returned for a special event in order to share her story with new Covenant House donors and ambassadors. Diana's story embodies the heart of Covenant House's commitment to the youth we serve: We meet them where they are, provide support each step of the way, and always keep the connection strong.