Covenant House Missouri is part of an International agency whose Headquarters are located in New York. There are 21 CH sites across 6 countries.
Who are We?
Covenant House Missouri (CHMO) is a non-profit organization that empowers homeless, runaway and at-risk youth to live independently and become contributing members of our community.
With open doors and open hearts, CHMO gives homeless teens hope and the opportunity to break the cycle of chronic homelessness and unemployment.
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Covenant House Missouri is an affiliate of Covenant House International, which began in 1969 in a small apartment in Manhattan's East Village. From this modest beginning, Covenant House has grown into the largest shelter program for homeless kids in the Americas. Throughout more than three decades and across 21 sites in the United States, Canada and Central America, the mission has remained constant--to give all our kids the unconditional love and respect they may have never felt, and to help them reach their potential.
A New Beginning
Covenant House came to St. Louis in 1998, starting with a small Outreach program, and expanded to a Community Service Center in 1999, where multiple direct services are provided for at-risk youth ages 16 to 21. In June 2001, Covenant House Missouri opened its Rights of Passage transitional living program, with 16 beds for young men and women needing a safe, stable place to live while working on the skills needed for successful independent living.
In spring of 2008, CHMO consolidated all of the Missouri sites in to one building called the Center for Youth, located on North Kingshighway. The Center for Youth is home to crisis beds, transitional living beds, an array of supportive services, as well as the administrative offices.
Too old for youth services, yet too young and inappropriate for the adult missions, these youth slip through the cracks of the social service system. Without help, most will join the swelling ranks of the hard-core homeless, become dependent on welfare and/or enter the court systems and prison. Some will even lose their lives to the streets without help.