Alison E. Kear

Just four short years ago, our old Covenant House building on 5th Avenue was barely able to house the growing number of homeless teens who came through our doors seeking safe shelter. We often had to offer them floor mats to sleep on.

Today, at our new facility on A Street, we’re providing more services and opportunities and space for our Covenant House youth to grow. The systems around these children may still be broken, but our youth are as resilient as ever.

And we are partnering with more service organizations than ever – onsite at our building – so these kids can “thrive” instead of just “survive.” Our partners are the experts at what they do: from Nine Star, which helps youth find jobs, to Volunteers of America, which offers substance abuse counseling. Our newest partner – Alaska Youth Advocates – is onsite as well, strengthening our street outreach to teens.

Through it all, our outreach team continues its relentless and patient work to build trusting relationships with homeless youth – where they are on the streets – to bring them into our refuge. We come to them. Here at Covenant House Alaska, we carry the good intention of the whole community to make sure that all our children get a chance at a healthy, productive life – and end the cycle of homelessness.

Eventually, our vision is to put ourselves out of business! As we face the issue of homelessness together as a community, we sincerely thank you – our partners, contributors and volunteers – for continuing to recognize and support that vision.