Guests at the Stan Musial Grand Slam Gala were treated to a beautiful musical performance when local singer Allison Glass and CHMO resident Ed took the stage. Their song, “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera, received a standing ovation and provided goosebumps to all. The beauty of their collaboration went far deeper than the four minutes they spent onstage, though.
What do you aspire to be doing in five years? It’s can be a difficult question, but Covenant House Missouri (CHMO) resident AJ has an answer. He plans to be completing his senior year of college at a premier tech school – MIT, Caltech, Stanford or Carnegie Mellon.
The 17-year-old is focused on his goals, and he has never been deterred by any of the challenges life has thrown at him.
Nicholas became homeless during his senior year of high school. He stayed in school and graduated, but he was desperate for stability. He literally Googled “teen shelters,” and the first to pop up was Covenant House Missouri. Nicholas called and talked to one of our case managers. “She said to come on in, and I literally cried the whole way here,” he says.
He can do the splits, hit Mariah Carey’s high notes (on a good day), and spout musical knowledge like he wrote the songs himself. Tobias adds flair to Covenant House Missouri on a daily basis, talking easily with staff and residents, playing the piano, and belting out a tune as he walks through the hall.
When Tia stepped through the doors of Covenant House Missouri (CHMO) two years ago, she didn’t say much. But she had a big dream, and she has never stopped working toward her goals. This January, she took a huge leap forward when she enrolled at Maryville University and moved on campus.