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 Troy Miles, Individual Giving Manager, at tmiles@covenanthousemo.org or 314.450.7678.

The Evolution of Myles G.

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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!

Open Intake Means Our Doors are Open to All Youth. Again. And Again. And Again.

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Covenant House Missouri is an open intake agency, which means we accept all youth at whatever place they are in toward their journeys to independence. Our principles – immediacy, sanctuary, communicating values, structure and choice – are meant to guide youth through their personal traumas and toward becoming healthy, independent adults.

The path to independence is not without its bumps. We teach youth that they are the best experts of their own lives, and they must decide when they are ready to make positive changes. Sometimes this doesn’t happen upon the first stay. For some youth, leaving and returning to CHMO is a part of their growth. Covenant House becomes a safe and trusting place where they eventually feel empowered to stay.

In the post below, Troy Miles, a dedicated staff member who served youth for years as a case manager, explains what brings back youth to Covenant House Missouri.

Opportunities from the streets are offered daily for youth who are homeless.  Opportunities for employment, housing, education, among many others. The concern is that consistently these are inappropriate opportunities from those who traffic (sex and labor), those who charge a cost that is unthinkable (survival sex), and those who disguise manipulation as teaching to take away a youth’s willingness to trust.

When youth comes to Covenant House Missouri, they may have little to carry physically, but mentally and emotionally they are weighed down. Often times when they walk through our doors, it is hard to comprehend what a safe and caring opportunity looks like. So they leave and come back, and leave and come back, and leave and come back. They return because they start to understand that  that trust, respect and love don’t have to cost anything. The staff focus on their growth, not their mistakes. Youth return because in their own words “I figured out that this was the best place for me. It took me a while, but I get it now.”   This is what makes CHMO a place that makes youth who are homeless feel empowered to take steps toward independence.

Express Scripts Donates Toiletries to Youth on the Streets

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Covenant House Missouri is grateful to the compassionate employees at Express Scripts for donating about five pounds of travel-sized toiletry items to our Outreach program. Employees were encouraged to donate their unused toiletries, or if they weren’t frequent travelers, to purchase travel-sized items and add them to the collection.

Items including shampoos, soaps, lotions, toothpastes and toothbrushes were generously shared, and on April 29, 2016, Covenant House Missouri staff were invited to Express Scripts corporate headquarters to receive the items. Outreach case managers Freida Morris and Megan Gray met with Tim Wentworth, Express Scripts President, and thanks the Express Script staff for their generosity.

The toiletries are being distributed as part of Covenant House Missouri’s street outreach program. Our Outreach case managers drive around St. Louis and distribute much-needed care items to young people living on the streets.

Covenant House Missouri first partnered with Express Scripts in 2015, when Tim Wentworth and his wife Robin co-chaired the 2015 Sleep Out: Executive Edition. The unique event encourages executives throughout St. Louis to join together with leaders across the United States to raise funds and awareness for youth who are homeless. Robin, Tim, and 20 other St. Louis leaders spent one night outside on the Covenant House Missouri parking lot to bring awareness to the nearly 3,000 youth in Missouri who sleep on the streets each night. Under the Wentworths’ selflessness and leadership, the participants raised nearly $283,000 to empower youth who are homeless or disconnected to design their own paths to independence.

Give STL Day is May 3rd!

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Covenant House Missouri is once again participating in Give STL Day, an online day of giving sponsored by the St. Louis Community Foundation.

As a friend of Covenant House Missouri, we want your help in advocating for CHMO on this important day.

Helping CHMO is as easy as 1-2-3!

Step 1 – What is 1 fact or story that you love about CHMO? Share it on your social media sites for 1 week.

Step 2 – Choose 2 VIPs – friends, family, colleagues or professional connections – and make 2 requests: that they like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Step 3 – On May 3, make a gift to CHMO through Give STL Day! You can choose any amount – $33, $333, or even $333,333! Post on social media that you gave, and then challenge 3 friends to do the same! Tell them to challenge 3 of their friends!

Facts and Stories to Share for 1 Week

  • Covenant House Missouri utilizes holistic, individualized programs to empower youth who are homeless.
  • Covenant House Missouri is implementing a Trauma-Informed Care model.
  • 99 cents of every dollar donated goes to programming for youth who are homeless or disconnected.
  • In fiscal year 20
  • In fiscal year 2015, 86 percent of youth received life-changing therapeutic services.
  • In fiscal year 2015, 68 percent of youth who attended employment skills training obtained jobs.
  • In fiscal year 2015, 79 percent of youth in our crisis program were discharged to safe and stable housing.
  • In fiscal year 2015, CHMO outreach case managers drove 461 miles to support youth living in the metropolitan St. Louis region.

 

FY 2015 Annual Report Now Available!

Covenant House Missouri is proud to share with you our fiscal year 2015 Annual Report.

We are grateful to the donors, volunteers and friends of CHMO who empowered nearly 4,000 youth who were homeless or disconnected to design their own paths to independence.

You are a crucial piece to providing holistic, individualized services to young people building lives off the streets.

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Learn More About CHMO Events

Covenant House Missouri hosts two events annually.

On November 19, 2016, leaders in the metropolitan St. Louis community are invited to raise awareness and funds for the youth who are designing their own paths to independence at Covenant House Missouri.

On April 29, 2017, friends and supporters of Covenant House Missouri are invited to attend the 9th annual Stan Musial Hall of Fame Gala. This elegant evening features a dinner, silent and live auctions, and presentations of the Stan Musial Hall of Fame Award and the Lillian Musial Beacon of Hope Award.

To learn more or add your name or email to a reminder list, please contact Kristine Mannecke, Director of Advancement.

CHMO Alumnus Featured in Documentary

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In 2015, Covenant House Missouri was awarded a Crime Prevention grant through the City of St. Louis. The grant’s purpose was to keep youth off the streets during the summer months. CHMO used the grant to fund additional positions in the Garden Rangers program, so youth could earn a paycheck and build their resumes.

That is when we first met Leon, a tall, timid young man looking to build new opportunities for himself. He had just finished high school and wanted to pursue his dream of attending college.

While receiving services and working at CHMO, Leon was chosen to be featured in Works in Progress, a documentary from American Graduate and Nine Public Media. The powerful piece tells the story of five young people from the St. Louis area and puts a spotlight on the barriers that keep them from receiving an education.

Tune in to 9 PBS on Monday, February 8, at 7 p.m. to hear Leon’s story of resiliency. We are grateful to American Graduate and Nine Network of Public Media for sharing his story.