Covenant House Missouri Career Fairs

At Covenant House Missouri (CHMO), our employees are essential to our success. We value, respect, and embrace the many talents and gifts that a diverse team brings and understand diverse individuals can collectively work together to best assist our clients to reach their goals. As such, CHMO strives to be inclusive by seeing beyond visible differences and supporting each individual in the context of their reality, background, experience, skills, and perspectives that make one unique. This approach allows us to work with the youth we serve and the staff who support our mission in a respectful and meaningful way.

Please join us from 3pm – 7:30pm to learn more about Covenant House Missouri and our current openings.

When:

Tue, February 28, 2017
Thu, April 6, 2017
Wed, June 14, 2017
Tue, August 15, 2017

Where:

Covenant House Missouri
2727 N. Kingshighway Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63113

Parking and entrance through gated parking area to the left from Maffitt. Press the gate button to be let in.

What to Expect

  • Come interview ready with an up to date resume
  • Check in at the front desk when you arrive
  • Complete required paperwork: an application and on-line assessment
  • Meet current staff to find out about CHMO
  • Meet with interviewers

We strive to recruit, develop, and maintain an engaged workforce and encourage passionate, professional individuals to review our current openings listed on our website.

For More Information, Contact

Rebecca Guzman at 314.450.7674 or rguzman@covenanthousemo.org

CHMO Winter Newsletter 2016

What a year this has been for Covenant House Missouri and the youth we are so privileged to serve. In 2016, we implemented several big changes and initiated a culture shift across our agency. We moved from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. We created a new residential model based on trauma-informed care, knowing that so many of our residents’ lives have been altered by trauma. We opened a Big Picture Learning High School right here in our building, so that no young person must choose between working and receiving a high-school education. We added an evaluation component across the agency to enhance programs, staffing, and resource identification.

As we move forward into 2017, we will continue to provide holistic, individualized services – including mental health care, residential support, education, and community outreach – that will allow every young person to thrive and succeed. It is thanks to our volunteers, supporters, donors, and staff that we keep our doors open every day and never turn a struggling youth away, regardless of his or her life situation.

In this newsletter, we highlight some of the accomplishments of 2016. We visit the new Sanctuary Garden, a place of reflection and healing that was brought into existence by dedicated volunteers. We talk with Christy Horton, who is completing her practicum at Covenant House, and learn how important it is to strive for racial equity in everything that we do. We hear from Patience, a former Covenant House resident who recently received her GED, attained United States citizenship, and moved into her own apartment! Our blessings abound, and in so many ways.

Thank you for your continued dedication to Covenant House Missouri, and thank you for having a heart for our youth and our mission. Together with our Board of Directors, we are making a difference that changes lives.

 

Read more here: CHMO Winter Newsletter 2016

 

Respectfully,

Suzanne King
Executive Director

Take a Look at the Bigger Picture

This blog post was written by Matt Roberts, academic advisor for the Big Picture Learning High School at Covenant House Missouri. On August 22, the high school will officially open, and Matt will begin collaborating with a small group of youth to develop their individualized learning plans as part of the Big Picture model. To learn more about enrollment, contact Matt at 314.450.7685.

The United States takes pride in its foundation of freedom, individuality and revolutionary spirit and is constantly looking to learn from the past to improve the future. Yet when it comes to the educational system, there is a reliance on promoting compliance, conformity and standardization.

Here at Covenant House Missouri, we are starting a Big Picture School to better serve the community and our youth. Big Picture Learning was founded on the idea that education begins with a relationship and that the desire to learn is deeply, intrinsically human. It is the responsibility of schools to simply allow that desire to flourish with guidance and direction. Students of the Big Picture School learn on their own terms; utilizing internships, projects, exhibitions, and weekly advisories. Small classes allow our school to be agile and adapt to student needs while also giving us the ability to form strong, positive relationships with each student and their family.Supported by an internship coordinator, mentor, advisor, peers, and family, each student has a team of advocates ready and willing to assist in each student’s individual success.

We are excited and ready for the school year to begin. If you or someone you know would like to be a part of our new high school, then feel free to call, email, run, walk, dance, or fly out to Covenant House Missouri and take a look at the bigger picture!

 

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!

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

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

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!

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.

 

CHMO Alumnus Featured in Documentary

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.

 

 

 

Cooking Up Chemistry

The following blog post was written by Pam Keck, a loyal and compassionate volunteer at Covenant House Missouri. Pam, a retired science professional, shares her time with youth and staff in a variety of capacities, including leading a Chemistry and Nutrition class for youth in CHMO’s residential program and creating a plan for a Healing Garden.

This past spring while visiting with a practicum student from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, I learned that she and Brad Suda,then an undergraduate volunteer from Washington University in St. Louis, were planning a nutrition class for the youth. They invited me to participate and I jumped at the chance. The first ‘course’ so to speak was a true experiment; we weren’t sure how the youth would respond. During the three meeting times, we covered basic nutrition facts, targeted body weights, reading a nutrition label and taste tests. The class was a hit. The month of May arrived and Brie left for her full-time job and Brad for summer vacation.

In the meantime, I learned that CHMO had four dormant 8 x 8 foot above-ground-planter boxes built by a former volunteer. I was encouraged to start up the garden plots again. Several youth helped prepare the soil and plant tomatoes, peppers, sweet potatoes, parsley, basil, squash and flowers. Other youth helped with the watering. I was amazed at the curiosity extended by the youth who ‘caught’ me working the beds. Once they started asking questions, their friends would join in on the discussion. The excitement over knowing what a sweet potato plant looked like versus parsley was amazing to me.

I decided to continue the nutrition class using the fruits of our labor from the beds and called it “C&N” for chemistry and nutrition. (Since I’m a chemist, I always look for a chance to point out that everything around us is a chemical including the food we eat. One of the main messages discussed what that it’s up to us to make good choices regarding anything we put into our bodies.) In the next class, I wanted to show youth how to cook healthy dishes and so we had several sessions on the TLP floor where one young woman graciously offered her kitchen and apartment as the tasting room. We prepared bruschetta using tomatoes and basil from the garden (most hadn’t heard of this), tomato sauce and used tofu and spaghetti squash as noodle substitutes, as well as butternut squash soup and sweet potato pie and chips. In fact, the CHMO garden sweet potatoes won an award from Gateway Greening as the ‘brainiest looking’ sweet potato.

The whole outdoor experience led me to consider the nearly half-acre plot that housed the garden beds. Wouldn’t it be cool to have the whole area filled with gardens and places for sanctuary including swings, chairs and a gazebo? Therapeutic healing gardens are a proven tool for improving mental health. I contacted the St. Louis Master Gardeners who identified Anne Moore from Florascapes to help. Anne designed a beautiful plan for CHMO that has all of these items and more. We are currently seeking funds for this space and if blessed with the appropriate funding hope to integrate the entire plan this coming spring.

Chemistry and Nutrition Class

 

 

Sharing Fund Celebration Spreads Holiday Cheer to CHMO

On Thursday, December 10, 2015, The Sharing Fund held its 9th Annual Snowflake Celebration. This elegant evening raises funds for local nonprofits, and Covenant House Missouri was once again honored to be one of two recipient organizations.

The gala featured a cocktail reception and entertainment, as well as an overview of the mission and work of the beneficiary organizations. Suzanne Wagener, Covenant House Missouri Executive Director, addressed the generous guests and thanked them for their support.

The mission of the Sharing Fund, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is to benefit, through fundraising events and other activities, selected community-based not-for-profit organizations that work to build strong communities in Missouri. Covenant House Missouri is honored and grateful to The Sharing Fund for the recognition of our work and the generous donation to help youth design their own paths from homelessness to independence.

Covenant House Missouri is especially grateful to:

Snowflake Celebration Hosts
Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield

Travis H. Brown, First Rule, a Pelopidas Business
Rachel Keller, First Rule, a Pelopidas Business
Laura Slay, Slay & Associates, Inc.

Diamond Sponsor
Drury Inn

Platinum Sponsors
Slay & Associates, Inc
Andy & Janie Arnold
Dr. Arthur B. Laffer and Arthur B. Laffer, Jr.
Axiom Strategies
Capital HQ
Lee Albright – National Petition Management
Hon. Tim & Suzanne Jones and Missourians for Tim Jones
The Kelley Group, Inc.
The Cozad Company
Allied Intelligence, LLC

Gold Sponsors
The Schindler Law Firm
Advanced Nursing Services of St. Louis/Maggie & Ron Holtman
Brent Hemphill & Associates
Georgann and John Hancock
STLCRE.com
Victory Enterprises
Centerline Construction
Turning Point Public Affairs
Enterprise Holdings
Blitz, Bardgett & Deutsch, L.C.
The Wilkinson Group
Nancy Rice
Jack and Rachel Oliver
Ed Rhode
Evntiv
Dr. Jim Kelly
Carl & Debbie Bearden
Mayor Francis Slay
Rainford and Associates
Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation
Dick & Sharon Zitzmann
Bill & Amanda Eigel
Senator Bob & Allison Onder
Representative Caleb & Lindsey Jones
Bommarito Infiniti
Missouri Restaurant Association
BDO USA, LLP
Hanaway for Governor
Rachel Keller

Silver Sponsors
Keith Kirk
Plancorp Financial Services
Representative Holly Rehder/Friends of Holly Rehder
Laura Reeves
House Majority Floor Leader Mike Cierpiot
State Representative John McCaherty
Moresource, Inc.
Tom & Pat Long and Family
Senator Joe Keaveny
Senator Jamilah Nasheed
Martin and Kate Casas
Senator Eric and Jaime Schmitt
AT&T
McCarthy, Leonard & Kaemmerer, L.C.
Jim & Brenda Talent
The Big 550 KTRS
Chris Faulbaum, KCAC Aviation
Tyler & Tracey Alcorn
David and Claire Jackson
Dr. Jeffrey D. Carter
Kappa Alpha Order – Westminster College
Senate President and Mrs. Ron Richard
Senator Will and Carmen Kraus
Senator Kurt and Stacia Schaefer
Senator Mike & Claudia Kehoe
Senator Dave and Chara Schatz
Senator & Mrs. Wayne Wallingford
Tom & Molly Dempsey
Ambassador George H. Walker
Dr. and Mrs. Erin Gardner
Kelley Sandhu
Spencer Fain, LLP
Tim & Heidi Pohlman
Modern Communications
Representative Glen Kolkmeyer
Lou and Tricia Hamilton
Wirtz Beverage Illinois
Senator Jay & Retha Wasson
Missouri Alliance for Freedom
Mark and Ellen Brandom
Weinhardt Party Rentals
State Senator Scott Sifton
Representative John & Yvette Wiemann
Representative Kurt & Jennifer Bahr
GFNTV.COM
State Representative Elijah Haahr

Bronze Sponsors
AVI Systems
Jorge Riopedre
Ruda, Cohen and Assoc.
Gallagher Consultants, Inc.
Representative Steve Cookson
Representative Eric Burlison
Representative Shamed Dogan
Representative Mike Colona
Kevin & Chris Engler
Citizens for Ed Emery
Kelly Sarka
Representative Kathy Swan
Friends of Robert Cornejo
Linda Lesh
Missouri Scout
Dr. Danny and Kristen Jackson
Doster Ullom & Boyle
Peter Franzen
Peter Hyde Design
Lucas Tomicki
Becky Green
Jerry Hobbs
Josh Stendebach
Jeff Warnhoff
Cassie Bliss
Senator Mike Cunningham
SITE Improvement Association
Prosthetic & Orthotic Care
Stephen Pollock
Rena Mayer
Rob & Heather Glessner
David Berry
Ben and Janelle Muehleisen
Hazel Mullan
Lawrence Bovay
Debbie Schneider
Christine DuVall
Jerry Schlichter
Representative Tom Flanigan
Representative Lincoln Hough
Representative Dave Hinson
Representative Donna Lichtenegger
Representative Justin Hill
Dugan Consulting Group