Community Outreach

There are often barriers to a young person coming to Covenant House. They may have had negative experiences at homeless shelters or simply aren’t aware that we exist. We recognize that proactive outreach can be the only way homeless youth learn of an alternative option.

Street Outreach
The Outreach team visits the streets of St. Louis and surrounding areas, reaching out to youth in community centers, on streets, and in abandoned buildings — anywhere at-risk youth might be. The team provides food, drinks, and clothing to meet immediate needs. They also provide advice, encouragement, program and resource information, and emergency assistance.

Spreading the Word
The Outreach team also conducts Safe Outreach and Runaway Prevention Presentations for teens at schools or detention centers, educating them about what to do if they are living in a dangerous situation.

Mental and Physical Healthcare Services

We provide all homeless and at-risk youth the crucial care they need and deserve.

Mental Healthcare Services
Mental health is a top priority for Covenant House Missouri. Many of the young people we serve face challenges ranging from mental illness and depression to drug and alcohol addiction and trauma. Through our community partnership with Washington University in St. Louis University, a psychiatrist visits three times a month to work with those who choose to access treatment.

Physical Healthcare Services
CHMO works with youth to identify emergency medical needs and determine the best plan of action for each individual.  Trusted medical staff from iFM Community Medicine then visit CHMO weekly to treat youth in need of physical care.

Career Development

Our education and employment services will give youth the tools they need to develop a plan toward independence.

Employment Program
Available for all youth, Covenant House offers on-the-job training through our Garden Rangers program as an introduction to employment. For many of our young people, this is their first job.

Job Training
Job training classes at CHMO include a combination of learning opportunities to provide youth with job seeking and job attainment skills. Job skills training includes the following:

  • Resume building

  • Interviewing

  • Interpersonal skills

  • Job readiness

  • Financial literacy

  • Job search know-how

All youth who live at Covenant House Missouri also work with a CHMO case manager, who helps guide and assist youth toward their full potential and career desires. Some youth also have community mentors who help them learn about career possibilities in their areas of interest, offering guidance and encouragement along the way.

We also currently have a partnership with LOVEtheLOU and offer ACT preparation classes in math, reading, and English.