The Covenant House Georgia is a nonprofit and privately funded homeless shelter for homeless and at-risk youth in metro Atlanta. There are two buildings/locations at the Covenant House Georgia. The first is the Crisis Shelter, where homeless youth reside. The second is a Community Service Center, which is in downtown Atlanta. Both the homeless youth from the shelter and other identified at-risk youth (who are not homeless) from the city have access to the Center. At the Center, they take GED preparotry classes, parenting classes, and other seminars. They also come for "life readiness preparation," which includes preparing them to be successful employees, help applying to colleges, help building a resume, mock interviews, and other career- and education- oriented help.
Most of the kids who come to the Covenant House Georgia are African American. There are few Hispanic or Caucasian people. Most are also females. All of them experience severe poverty, and they all have stories that could easily move a person to tears. These kids are here because they are trying to rebuild their lives. The Covenant House does not force any kids to live at the shelter or return to the Community Service Center; the kids come by choice. They are trying to improve their lives. They are trying to secure jobs. They are trying to get an education. But they face a huge number of obstacles. I am trying to make it easier for them to accomplish this goal that they are so feverishly pursuing by creating this project and actively seeking funding for it.