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Giving Day - July 14 - Covenant House

Dear Customers,

Thank you again for another successful GIVING DAY.

With your help we have now touched lives of hundreds of people through our partners in four states - CT, MA, CA and TX.

This month we focus on our future - the youth of our country. The National Network of Youth estimates that 1.3 to 1.7 million youth experience one night of homelessness a year with 550,000 youth being homeless for a week or longer. The vast majority of homeless youth are victims of physical and/or sexual abuse, domestic and/or street violence which then leads to substance abuse and mental health issues.

So we pick Covenant House in New Orleans, a homeless shelter for troubled youth. For 30 years Covenant House has been a safe haven for homeless, runaway and at-risk youth. Over the years they have helped 20,000 kids with food, shelter, clothing, medical care, educational and vocational programs. With the wide range of programs they offer, they are building the future of our country by protecting and nurturing our youth.

So please join me on July 14th to support Covenant House and our future generation. Shop more to give more.

Thank you for being our partner and believing in us.

Naheed Quaisar
Co-Founder and CEO

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Please help us get the word out. Together, we can give the ‘Covenant House’ the support it needs to provide a safe haven for homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth (ages 22 and under). Let us support Covenant House to not only provide basic food, shelter, clothing and medical help but also educational, vocational and job placement facilities to the youth of our nation.

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Covenant House

Covenant House New Orleans was founded on the edge of the French Quarter 30 years ago to provide a safe haven for homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth (ages 22 and under). We have provided over 20,000 kids with food, shelter, clothing, medical care, educational and vocational support, individual and family counseling, job readiness and placement, short & long-term housing, life skills, and more.
The vast majority of our youth have endured physical and/or sexual abuse and have also experienced the violence of the streets. Our counselors estimate 85% suffer from some form of traumatic stress disorder. Tulane’s Cowen Institute estimates there are 26,000 at-risk youth in our community.

Our first priority is always to reunite our youth with healthy, functional family. For the majority of our kids for whom family is not an option, we give them an educational & vocational assessment and help them find a job that suits their skills and interest. We offer many services to help, from mock interviews & resume writing classes to workshops on basic life skills and healthy relationships.

• Crisis Care – 428 youth and children took refuge from the streets and abusive homes, receiving food, clothing, shelter, case management and counseling. We helped 48% of the youth in our 24/7 Emergency Crisis Center find safe, decent housing, including family reunification whenever possible.
• Rights of Passage (ROP) – 84 young men, women, and families received longer-term support, residing on-campus as they worked, saved, continued their education, and built life skills on their path to self-sufficiency. 88% secured a job and stable housing.
• Health Services – 2,738 residents and youth in the community benefited from onsite adolescent and pediatric health services, provided in partnership with Tulane Medical School.
• Behavioral Health – 95% of our youth received mental and behavioral health services from our licensed counselors (LCSW & LMSW) and a Tulane psychiatrist.
• Employment and Job Training – 362 youth were served in our employment programs. 53% found work or entered job training programs.
• Education – 41 youth enrolled in partnering GED programs like Youth Empowerment Project; 10 more enrolled in college. 28 children were enrolled in our Head Start Center operated by Total Community Action, the only such center in our region for children of homeless mothers.

Basic Life Skills
Trained Team

Our specially trained team reaches out to kids on the street and in abandoned buildings. Some of our kid’s runaway from good homes, others from abusive situations. The vast majority are pushed out of homes that no longer want them. On the street and alone they struggle to survive. We offer them food, support and transportation back home or to Covenant House where we can help them. We also accept street kids that are referred by the police and other service providers.
Our team is also out in the community working with schools and social service agencies. They provide aftercare services to former residents and case management for families referred by our Crisis Center. Additionally, our team works to combat trafficking and prostitution.

Our Educational/Vocational team holds classes on Life skills, Values, Parenting Skills, Anger Management, Conflict Resolution, Creative Writing, Job Searching, mock interviews and resume writing to name a few. Our team prepares our youth to gain employment and be successful in their jobs, working one on one with youth who are struggling. We help them identify and conquer their weaknesses so they can achieve gainful employment.
We also conduct weekly assessments for our residents in life skills and education. Life skills for our residents means everything from knowing how to operate around the bus schedule, to identifying important resources in the community for when they live independently. An educational evaluation determines where our youth are at in their education, so we can work with them on their level, to succeed.
We assist our youth with enrollment in high school and college. For our college bound residents we work with them to complete their financial aid applications. We work with job training programs throughout New Orleans to ensure our youth have the best opportunities for advancement. For Fiscal Year 2012, 52 percent of our youth gained employment in job training programs.

Trained Team
Crisis Center

The doors of the Crisis Center are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
When kids walk through our doors, we provide a hot meal, clothes, a bed, caring staff and so much more.
Our first goal is to reunite kids with family. All too often, that is not a viable option. So our case managers and counselors help them find jobs and housing, important steps in the transition to independent living.
Individual medical assessments are provided within 72 hours. Adolescent and pediatric health services are provided on site by the Tulane Adolescent Drop-in Clinic. For some kids, treatment for substance abuse and behavioral/mental health issues is critically important, and licensed professionals are here to help them.

Soldiers Angel

Soldiers' Angels provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and their families and a growing veteran population. Soldiers’ Angels was established in 2003 by the mother of a son who was deployed to Iraq. She began sending care packages to her son and was then asked to not only send more care packages to many more deployed but to also assist with other needs. September 11th was a catalyst that inspired Americans to support the military and help out any way they could. Soldiers’ Angels was created as an opportunity for them to provide that support with care packages, hand-sewn blankets, letters, cards, and other items from ‘home’.

In just 14 years, since this small beginning of sending care packages, Soldiers’ Angels has grown to over 12 Programs with over 100,000 volunteers nationwide. Most of the programs and services offered by Soldiers’ Angels are performed by volunteers who work tirelessly supporting our nation’s veterans, wounded warriors, deployed service members and their families.

Asha for Education

On May 12th, HPFY donated 10% of the day’s sales to ‘Asha for Education’. Asha for Education took roots in 1991 when a group of students including Deepak Gupta, Sandeep Pandey, and VJP Srivatsavoy from the University of Berkeley, CA got together and discussed ways to bring about a socio-economic change in India. The group was formed with a belief that education is a requisite to bring about the much needed socio economic change in India. It was named ‘Asha’, meaning ‘hope’. Since then, Asha for Education has grown via its chapters, and today has more than 65 chapters worldwide.

Asha for Education is a 501(c)(3) organization in the US. Each year, our work touches the lives of several thousands of children across a few hundreds of projects. We have no offices, and 100% of our efforts are driven by unpaid volunteers. All donations are tax deductible, and we have earned a reputation for sending >98% of donations to our projects.

Doug Fluite, Jr. Foundation for Autism

On April 14th, HPFY donated 10% of the day’s sales to ‘Doug Fluite, Jr. Foundation for Autism’. The Flutie Foundation awards grants to individuals and families dealing with the challenges of autism.

The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, Inc. was established in 1998 by former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie and his wife, Laurie, in honor of their son, Doug, Jr. who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Through their General Grants, Joeys Fund, Allison Keller Technology fund and other programs and initiatives, The Flutie Foundation awards grants to individuals and families dealing with the challenges of autism as well as to the organizations that support them. The grants that they provide give individuals with autism access to much needed educational and other support services, autism specific active lifestyles programs and assistance with transitioning to adult independence. In addition The Flutie Foundation, through their grant programs, awards grants to nonprofit organizations that provide direct services such as family support, education, advocacy and recreational opportunities for individuals with autism.

Womens Center of Danbury

On March 10th, two days after International Women's day, HPFY donated 10% of the day's sales to Women's of Danbury. Since 1975, the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury has been a safe haven as the sole provider of services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in the Northern Fairfield and Southern Litchfield County areas. Each year the Center serves over 25,000 individuals from our area communities. Our FREE and confidential services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The Center’s key areas of focus include emergency shelter and support services, counseling and advocacy, crisis intervention, and community education, primary prevention and training.

All funds provided to the Center support our critically needed domestic violence, sexual assault, and resource services for adults and children in our 13-town service area, including: Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Sherman and Washington.



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