Rights of Passage

Rights of Passage

Rights of Passage is one of Covenant House Alaska’s Transitional Living program sites. This program is located in the Dena'ina House in Downtown Anchorage and has 25 single bed rooms. Most homeless youth who come through our doors have never learned how to live independently. Through Rights of Passage, our residents learn to do their own shopping, cooking, and cleaning, and even socialize with their "neighbors," often sharing meals and developing friendships. While learning these important life skills, Rights of Passage residents are also required to complete their education and hold down a job. There are rules to be observed and expectations are high, but Covenant House Alaska counselors are there along the way, offering assistance whenever needed, and making sure that our youth fulfill their responsibilities. When they graduate from Rights of Passage, our youth have a sense of accomplishment they've never known before.

While at Rights of Passage, youth have access to services including:

  • Skill and education assessments
  • Case management
  • Employment and educational assistance
  • Individual plan and goal-setting
  • Vocational assistance on topics including interviewing, proper dress, job retention and employer/employee interactions
  • Job readiness skills and employment support
  • Independent living skills workshops on topics such as paying rent, maintaining a checking account and setting short/long-term goals
  • Financial development and budget management
  • Coordination and referral to community providers
  • 24-hour support staff
  • After-care to ensure stability and continued pursuit of goals 

Upon graduation from Rights of Passage, youth receive assistance with locating and securing housing, as well as continued support as they transition to independent living. They are also eligible for after-care services, which assist them in stabilizing their lives once they’ve moved into their new homes. Our goal is to break the cycle of homelessness once and for all, ensuring that our kids are never on the streets again.

For more information contact Heidi Carson, Program Coordinator, at 907- 339-4420 or hcarson@covenanthouseak.org

To be accepted into the ROP program, you must:

  • Be a homeless female or male
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 22
  • Be willing to live in a community environment with other residents
  • Be willing to engage with a Covenant House Alaska Mentor
  • Maintain employment

Click here to download the Rights of Passage application.

Being in McLaughlin, I didn’t experience things that everyone else my age did, like working with money, handling a job or even driving a car. When I got to Covenant House, I did this in a somewhat controlled atmosphere. If I fell, I had somewhere to fall. I had someone to catch me.”
— Brian, Rights of Passage youth

Get Involved. Volunteers, mentors and donors are critically important to the success of Covenant House Alaska’s Transitional Living Program and the youth we serve. 

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