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Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the mission of Covenant House Illinois is to provide homeless youth (ages 18–24) with ongoing care and crisis support.

The work we do at Covenant House Illinois is driven by the mission to serve youth with absolute respect and unconditional love, providing vital resources and protection to all young people in need. In support of our mission, Covenant House is led by five guiding principles.


What We Believe: Our Five Guiding Principles

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Immediacy

Homeless youth come to Covenant House in crisis. Immediately and without question, we meet their basic human needs – a nourishing meal, a shower, clean clothes, medical attention and a safe place away from the dangers of the street or an abusive home.


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Sanctuary

Homeless young people arriving at our door are often frightened and mistrustful. Young men and women can grow only when they feel safe and secure. Covenant House protects them from the perils of the street and offers a critical sense of security.


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Value communication

Lying, cheating and stealing are common survival tools on the street. We teach by example that caring relationships are based on trust, respect and honesty.


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Structure

Homeless youth never know how they will get their next meal or where they will sleep. Covenant House provides the stability and structure necessary to build a positive future.


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Choice

Young people often feel powerless to control their lives and fall into a self-defeating cycle of failure. Our work fosters confidence, encouraging young people to believe in themselves and make smart choices for their lives.

Our doors are open to youth and staff regardless of their race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.