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GRAND RAPIDS PROGRAMS

Covenant House Michigan, Grand Rapids campus is the only low-barrier residential program serving unhoused youth 18-24 years in West Michigan. Recognizing the stressfulness of homelessness, our 90-day, trauma-informed program provides safe residence as well as 24/7 case management, mental and physical health stabilization, and life skills and employment training. Highly-trained caseworkers, resident advisors, and an employment and education specialist walk with the youth to secure a high school diploma or GED, full-time work, and permanent housing. Armed with these resources, they can transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

We have made a covenant with our kids to help them better themselves. And in turn they too have made a covenant with us to succeed. Covenant House Michigan’s Programs offer assistance and hope for a better future.

OUTREACH

Front line staff reach out to youth through referral agencies and going to where they are living on the streets.

OUTREACH

Front line staff reach out to youth through referral agencies and going to where they are living on the streets.

CRISIS CARE

Our 28-bed shelter provides a warm and welcoming space for unhoused youth aged 18 – 24 years.

EMPLOYMENT CENTER

With a focus on being productive, nearly all of our youth are employed while in the program with the goal to secure a permanent job to be independent.

EMPLOYMENT CENTER

With a focus on being productive, nearly all of our youth are employed while in the program with the goal to secure a permanent job to be independent.

All youth entering Covenant House must have a physical and a mental health screening within 48 hours of intake. We partner with Cherry Health, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, and Network 180 Services to provide evaluations, diagnosis, coordination of medications, and treatment services. At the time of intake, we help our residents create a life plan that identifies their strengths, passions, and aspirations, rather than dwelling on issues that have resulted in becoming homeless. This strengths-based approach provides a platform to spring forward rather than relive memories of abuse, neglect, poverty, and being shunned due to gender identification.

The relationship self-assessment process is a critical first step to help our youth better understand a healthy approach to relationships. Staff delves into their relationship history, including self-worth and personal growth, relational giving to others’ needs, emotional investment, and relationship building. Tactics range from one-on-one counseling to small group discussions to structured seminars in a safe environment. Educational seminars are held monthly on values and belief systems awareness, conflict resolution, building value systems, anger management, and self-advocacy, to name a few. The education/employment specialist guides the youth to secure a sustainable income to support safe, permanent housing, and daily living needs. This help includes job coaching, resume writing, and interview skill development. Our staff also works to understand their capacity for employment in various work environments.

Every one of our youth comes in from society’s margins as housing insecure young people and equipped to participate fully in life as adults. Through our 90-day program, they receive their GED or high school diploma. Staff members help them secure personal identity forms to get a job, open a bank account, rent an apartment, and vote. They are coached to seek out and secure permanent employment, cultivate positive relationships, and save their income. By becoming independent adults, they can represent their communities and give back to help others in need.

OUR SUCCESS STORIES |

They come from all over Michigan searching for a way out of their desperate situations. Their stories are heart-breaking yet admirable. They are survivors.​

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OUR SUCCESS STORIES

They come from all over Michigan searching for a way out of their desperate situations. Their stories are heart-breaking yet admirable. They are survivors.​

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