Month: June 2016

Laura and Brad Partridge will Co-Chair 2016 Sleep Out

Senior Leader at St. Louis-Based Ascension, the World’s Largest Catholic Health System, Brings Awareness to Youth Homelessness

Covenant House Missouri (CHMO) is honored to announce that Laura and Brad Partridge will co-chair the fifth annual Sleep Out: Executive Edition on November 17, 2016. This incredible event gathers together prominent St. Louis leaders who each promise to raise at least $5,000 and spend one night outside on the CHMO parking lot to support Covenant House Missouri’s efforts to empower youth from homelessness to independence.

Partridge, a member of CHMO’s Board of Directors, was a “Sleeper” last year. “Before we went outside, we had the opportunity to meet and interact with the youth,” Partridge says. “I met a girl whose parents died and lived for a time shuffling between other relatives and on the streets before coming to Covenant House. Now, she is on a path toward a better future.”

Sleep Out: Executive Edition is a national event, and the current 17 Covenant House sites in the United States and Canada participate on the same night. As Vice President of Strategy for St. Louis-based Ascension Health, the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Partridge hopes to build teams across the country. “Ascension’s Mission calls me to serve those who are vulnerable and to be an advocate for a compassionate and just society through my actions and my words,” Partridge says. “I was motivated to sleep out and support Covenant House of Missouri’s efforts to empower those they serve to pursue a life of opportunity because I can think of no greater injustice or condition of vulnerability than being a homeless young person.”

This event will be the fifth Sleep Out hosted by Covenant House Missouri. Last year the event was co-chaired by Express Scripts Chief Executive Officer and President, Tim Wentworth, and his wife Robin. Together, the Wentworths led a group of more than 20 executives to raise $283,000, a record for the event.

To participate in Covenant House Missouri’s Sleep Out: Executive Edition as a Sleeper or Sponsor, please contact Sue King, Executive Director, at 314.450.7661.

The Evolution of Myles G.

This blog post was written by Eileen Ingrim, Employment Retention Specialist at CHMO. Eileen works with youth living at CHMO and in the community who participate in the Employment Skills program. Her deep love and compassion for all youth shines through as she shares Myles’ story.

Myles came to CHMO in 2011, initially to work on his GED.  He lived in the neighborhood near Covenant House and always wondered what we did here.  As he attended, he began to realize that CHMO does more than just one thing.

Myles began asking about our employment program, which led him to our job classes.  He excelled.  He was very engaged and interested in expanding his sphere of influence.  Myles graduated and was hired to be in our job training program, Garden Rangers.  He worked with us for the full 6 months.

During that time, AmeriCorps came to give a presentation to our youth about summer work. Myles was very interested, applied and was accepted to attend their Colorado site.  Myles had NEVER been out of St. Louis….but he was willing to go alone, and learn some new things. Myles learned that mountains are GIGANTIC! He learned that it is good to work with diverse groups. He experienced some rugged work: creating paths through mountains, fixing roads and working long days.  It was a fulfilling experience. Due to family situations, Myles returned before completing, but he definitely carries that experience with him.

Having Myles return to Covenant House to give back is a beautiful full circle.  Now that he is 26 years old, he definitely is in a different mindset. He is extremely humble, and while visiting, he was flooded with memories of what he was like as a youth and how he understands the street mindset. Myles eagerly met youth and commented on how his handshake has changed! Myles graduated from Eclipse Barber School is looking forward to returning to give haircuts and also share some motivation…some real talk.

Having Myles return and spend some time with me has been so rewarding. He reminded me of the value of what we do here at Covenant House and revived in me the classic truth that we really do plant seeds. DAILY.  Growth DOES happen. His interaction has rekindled my passion and my energy.  The main reason I am here is to impact this generation….and whether I see it or not, Myles inspired me to keep planting, keep loving and affirming, and to keep a joyful heart in the midst…because there is beauty right around the corner!