Covenant House Faith Community

Last updated: May 4, 2011 (4 years ago)

Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Covenant House Faith Community

(New York, New York, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Started Planning: 1977
  • Start Living Together: 1977
  • Visitors accepted: No
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Faith Community Administration
  • Phone: 212-727-4081
  • Address:
    5 Penn Plaza
    Third Floor
    New York, New York, 10001
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: No
    Visitors are welcome while in the process of applying to serve at Covenant House Faith Community. Applications can be found at our website, or email Paula Rote at the address listed above for more information about visiting Covenant House Faith Community.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Serve Homeless Youth!

Community Description:

Covenant House is a crisis center that provides comprehensive services to homeless and runaway youth under the age of 21.

Faith Community is a full-time volunteer program where people can come for six or twelve months to serve the youth of Covenant House. Placement is available in New York, New York; Atlantic City, New Jersey; Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Detroit, MI; and Anchorage, AK.

Faith Community offers the opportunities of SERVICE, COMMUNITY, and PRAYER/REFLECTION.

SERVICE: Volunteers serve 40 hours per week at Covenant House in regularly scheduled shifts. Volunteers receive training for their service placements and are asked to be open to serving at any site and in any role where Covenant House has the greatest need.

COMMUNITY: Volunteers live in a community setting with typically four to six people per house. Volunteers are diverse in all respects, and range in age from just out of college to retired. Living a simple, healthy, and respectful lifestyle is a focus within our community.

PRAYER/REFLECTION: Volunteers have the opportunity to spend time in daily communal prayer/reflection 30 minutes per day, six days per week. People from all or no faith backgrounds and religious traditions are welcomed and respected.

Faith Community is looking for individuals who are over the age of 21; have a college degree or commensurate life experience; are emotionally mature and in good health; are open, flexible, joyful; are willing to serve at any site and in any position most needed; and are willing to share their volunteer stories with Covenant House.

Benefits provided to volunteers are room and board, a small weekly stipend, medical and dental insurance, vacation time and a vacation stipend, a severance stipend, community retreats, and the opportunity for AmeriCorps Educational Awards.

For more information or an application, please contact Faith Community Administration by email or by phone at 212-727-4081.


  • Adult Members: 5
  • Visitors accepted: No
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Members meet for 30 minutes of prayer/reflection as a community, six days per week.

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Protestant/Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Ecumenical (includes “all religions”)


  • Type: Spiritual or Religious Community or Organization
  • Decision Making: Voting (majority or super-majority rule)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: No
  • Additional Comments: Leadership roles and responsibilities are divided among community members.

    Some decisions defer to Site Resource Persons and Faith Community Administration

Land and Buildings

  • Current Number of Residences: 5
  • Additional Comments: 1 house per community site in FL, NJ, NY, MI and AK.

Labor and Money

    • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
    • Required Labor Contribution: 0


    • Additional Comments: Volunteer service only; Living stipend provided by administration

      Deferable student loan debt only.

      40 hrs/week volunteer at Covenant House



  • Shared meals: About once a week
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.


  • Additional comments: At least once per week for Community Night

    Alcohol used for special occasions only.



Christian, Homeless Youth, Service, Urban

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge