In Grand Rapids, hundreds of youth suffer unfathomable despair within the walls of their home. Unable to handle addiction in the household, physical and sexual abuse, discrimination, and poverty that faces them daily, they come face-to-face with life on the street. The cold walls of the city became their home. They sleep on couches, in bus stops or cars, in tents or hotel rooms, with others who have lost hope. The barriers to education, employment, healthcare, and transportation are insurmountable.
When young people are homeless, they are hungry, tired, and anxious about what will face them next. They cannot focus on school or work. Often, it all becomes too much, and they just give up. There are times when they contemplate if life is even worth living.
Covenant House Michigan is a faith-based nonprofit organization that provides hope to homeless, runaway and at-risk youth ages 18-24. We provide shelter, educational and vocational programs, as well as other support services, to help overcome hurdles such as homelessness, unemployment, inadequate education, violence, drugs and gangs. Our goal is to redirect them onto a path toward meaningful and successful adulthood.