Guiding Principles

Mission and vision

Our mission

. . . is to serve the 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 challenges youth who are homeless, trafficked or at risk to pursue a life of 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


Youth come to us in crisis. We provide for their basic human needs: food, clothing, medical attention and a safe place to sleep.


Youth we see have often experienced significant hardships. We give them refuge from violence and degradation by providing them safety.

Communicating values

By setting an example, we show youth that wholesome, caring relationships are based on trust, respect and honesty.


The experiences of homelessness and sex trafficking are unstable and unpredictable. We provide the stability, structure and a reasonable set of expectations to help young people build a positive future.


We foster confidence and the encouragement youth need to believe in themselves and make informed choices for their lives.

See how our principles guide what we do.