Our Faith Community members live in intentional communities. Generally about 4 to 6 people share a house, off site from the Covenant House property in which they serve. We aim to live simple, healthy and respectful lives. We commit to building community in our homes through shared meals, conversations, relaxing, and fun times together.
Our communities work together to live simply and be good stewards of the resources they have. Each community shares a household budget for purchasing food, household items, and transportation costs.
The community has one special night each week that is designated as Community Night. Everyone is scheduled off from work, and the community spends time together, sharing a meal, having a communal prayer, and participating in some activity together from a game, to a film, to a night out on the town.
As you might have guessed by our name, we are a community of Faith. There are many ways for our members to grow deeper in and live out their faith during this year of service with our program.
One way is through our Communal Prayer. We ask each of our communities to come together for communal prayer at least 4 times a week. These prayer times are led by the folks within our communities, and, therefore, are shaped by the person who is leading that day. Prayers take many different forms, from the more traditional to more creative styles, but the intent is to pause and recognize God's presence in our lives.
Another way faith is lived out in our program is by our members continuing the spiritual practices that are important to them, whether that be reading daily devotions, going to daily mass or other forms of worship, journaling, or meeting with a spiritual director.
We also offer other spiritual supports, including a Site Resource Person, weekly prayer intentions, and two community retreats.
The youth of Covenant House are definitely at the heart of our service year. Our members serve full time, working 40 hours per week at one of our Covenant House Sites.
The majority of our members serve in direct care roles with the youth we serve, in positions such as case manager, resident advisor, or youth advisor. In those roles, you would be working with the youth to create a case plan and help them to stay on plan during their time at Covenant House.
Some of our members serve in more administrative roles, such as administrative assistants to our Executive Teams, or coordinating the volunteer department at their site. We work to make sure every Faith Community member's role gives an opportunity to have direct interaction with our youth in some way.