Archbishop Dolan Blesses Covenant House New York

Archbishop Dolan visits Covenant House

From left to right, the Most Reverend Timothy Dolan, Catholic Charities Executive Director Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Covenant House NY Executive Director Jerome Kilbane, and Covenant House International President Kevin Ryan.

August 23, 2010


“You don’t know what it means to me to be to be part of that through Catholic Charities, through being now home in a community like New York that is so generously supportive of this sacred endeavor.”

Archbishop Dolan visited Covenant House New York for the first time on August 18, to bless the building, tour the facilities, and meet with the kids.

“Sometimes a blessing almost seems redundant. The very word ‘Covenant House’ is synonymous with a blessing,” Dolan said in his opening remarks. 

Covenant House, a residence and support center for homeless youth, is part of Catholic Charities’ federation of 90 human services agencies in the Archdiocese of New York. In 2009, 5,511 youth received services at Covenant House New York, and 3,387 kids came in from the streets to receive shelter. On an average night, approximately 350 individuals are sheltered at one of Covenant House’s two midtown Manhattan locations – one specifically serving mothers and children.

“Having the Archbishop take the time to come to our house and encourage our kids to keep moving forward will be a great gift in their lives,” said Kevin Ryan, president of Covenant House New York.

In his remarks to Covenant House leadership, staff and supporters, Dolan reflected on the significance of the agency as a promise of sanctuary for those in need:

“On the streets, where sometimes the human person is treated with less than the dignity they deserve… in an area where their human beauty and dignity is diminished and threatened, they come here [to Covenant House] and they’re at home, they’re in sanctuary, they feel accepted … maybe for the first time in their life.”

“You don’t know what it means to me to be to be part of that through Catholic Charities, through being now home in a community like New York that is so generously supportive of this sacred endeavor.”

The Covenant House facility the Archbishop blessed on August 18 includes a Crisis Care shelter, a long-term residential program, and a new drop-in center, which serves as a day shelter and resource center for at-risk youth. The drop-in center offers housing case management support, medical, mental health and legal services, access to shower and laundry facilities and food.
 

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