Guiding Principles

Mission and vision

Our mission

. . . is to serve the suffering children and youth on the street and to protect and safeguard all children and youth. . . with absolute respect and unconditional love.

Our vision

To lead change that supports and empowers youth who are homeless, trafficked or at risk to pursue a life of wellness and opportunity.

We believe in youth

At Covenant House, we believe that every young person:

  • Deserves an equal chance for a promising future, free from homelessness or sex trafficking
  • Has the right to shelter, food, clothing, emotional support and safety
  • Is resilient and deserves the opportunity to heal from trauma and realize their full potential
  • Can chart their own path to independence
  • Thrives in healthy relationships, with strong community and stable social connections

Our principles

Immediacy

We welcome all youth without judgement or conditions; meeting their immediate basic needs of food, clothing, medical attention, and a safe place to sleep, at no cost.

Sanctuary

We acknowledge the bravery it takes for young people to walk through our doors. We offer them a welcoming and safe environment based on absolute respect, unconditional love, and relentless support, where we believe in and encourage their resilience.

Value Communication

We value authentic relationships, honour the voice of our youth, and model caring relationships based on trust, respect, and honesty.

Structure

We provide stability and consistency for young people to pursue their great promise.

Choice

We honour that young people hold the power to their story. Through relentless engagement we foster confidence and encourage them to believe in themselves and make informed choices about their lives.

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See how our principles guide what we do.