In the fall of 1997, Covenant House Michigan (CHMI) opened its doors to Detroit’s youth facing homelessness with the establishment of the Eastside Community Service Center. In less than three years, CHMI expanded to include a Street Outreach program, a Southwest Community Service Center, a Job Development Center, and a Crisis Center (later named Caritas Center). In the fourth year of operation, the Rights of Passage transitional living program.
In 2001, after a comprehensive capital campaign, CHMI renovated the Detroit campus to include separate living spaces for our youth, the Caritas Emergency Shelter and the Rights of Passage Transitional Living Center. Also built at that time were communal spaces for our youth such as a dining hall, Chapel and basketball court.
On June 30, 2005 Detroit Public Schools (DPS) authorized CHMI to open three charter schools in order to better serve the needs of youth facing homelessness as well as those youth in the community who lack a high school diploma. In 2013, Covenant House Academy opened in Grand Rapids. Currently, all four schools are chartered by Grand Valley State University, under the name Covenant Academy and managed by Youth Vision Solutions.
Our Grand Rapid’s location opened a 28-bed shelter in November 2018 in the Southeast Community Neighborhood, offering emergency shelter, food, clothing and wrap around services to youth 18-24.
Covenant House Michigan has served over 80,000 since opening its doors in 1997.