Covenant House Texas

Houston, TX   |


The Covenant House mission statement reads, "We who recognize God's providence and fidelity to His people are dedicated to living out His covenant among ourselves and those children we serve, with absolute respect and unconditional love. That commitment calls us to serve suffering children of the street, and to protect and safeguard all children. Just as Christ in His Humanity is the visible sign of God's presence among His people, so our efforts together in the covenant community are a visible sign that effects the presence of God, working through the Holy Spirit among ourselves and our kids."

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Executive Director

Ms. Lesllie Bourne

Main address

1111 Lovett Blvd.

Houston, TX 77006 USA

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Human Service Organizations (P20)

Single Organization Support (O11)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Crisis Shelter

The Crisis Shelter Program provides emergency shelter and services for homeless and runaway youth 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Each client who enters the program is assigned a Resident Advisor who helps them out of crisis and develops a plan for what they want to accomplish while in the program. While in shelter, youth receive all basic needs, case management, mental health and substance abuse counseling, medical care, vocational and educational training, and voluntary pastoral care services to assist homeless and runaway youth out of crisis and toward independence and self-sufficiency. The shelter also has a unique program for pregnant and parenting youth. Covenant House Texas is one of only a few youth-oriented crisis shelters in Texas and the only one in Houston.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Rights of Passage (ROP) is a transitional living program with capacity for up to 48 non-parenting youth, ages 18-21. This program is designed to give young men and women the tools to become independent, productive members of society. Residents are required to work or go to school, must do household chores, and pay a small portion of their earnings for rent that is returned to them as "savings" upon program completion. After six months in the program, qualified youth may apply for the Rights of Passage Apartment Living Program(ROPAL)off-site in an apartment. With CHT as a co-signer for the apartment, young adults progress toward independence over the course of one year by paying a gradually increasing portion of the rent.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

CHT's C. Richard Stasney Medical Clinic offers free medical care to homeless youth under age 21. Services include physical exams, treatment for acute and chronic illnesses, prenatal care, HIV/AIDS and STD testing, and referrals to specialists. The medical clinic also partners with community organizations to provide vision screenings and dental care. CHT also provides comprehensive mental health services. Those assessed with mental health disorders have access to individual, group, and family counseling; evaluations and treatment; and educational programs on topics such as depression and suicide prevention. A psychiatrist is also onsite to evaluate and prescribe psychotropic medications. A substance abuse assessment is administered to all youth entering the Crisis Shelter. CHT's Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) scores the assessments and provides substance abuse counseling and abstinence support. The LCDC also facilitates an addiction support group, titled, CHAMPS.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

For youth who have not completed their high school education, CHT offers on-site assistance to help them earn a General Education Development (GED) certificate. In preparation for the GED exam, youth have access to a self-paced tutorial program available in the CHT computer lab combined with hands-on tutoring from staff and volunteers. All CHT youth are required to be enrolled in school, employed, or actively searching for employment. To help youth become stable through employment, CHT offers job readiness and maintenance training programs, as well as vocational training programs designed to prepare youth for jobs that provide a livable wage and offer advancement opportunities. Finally, life skills training provides the basic knowledge and skills young people need to establish independent living patterns. Classes such as money management, apartment hunting, nutrition, and developing healthy relationships prepare young people for independence and self-sufficiency.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

The Street Outreach Program reaches out to homeless youth living on the streets of Houston. Five nights a week, staff, CHT youth, and trained volunteers travel Houston's streets in the outreach van, offering food, clothing, blankets, and information. In addition, the Covenant House outreach team encourages homeless youth to seek safe appropriate shelter at CHT or other homeless shelters. The CHT Prevention Program, titled Peers Educating Peers, is a unique program that seeks to decrease factors that make youth vulnerable to homelessness. The Prevention Specialist and Peer Outreach Workers, CHT youth who have been trained to educate their peers, conduct prevention workshops with youth who have been identified by school as at-risk for homelessness. Workshops address issue such as teen pregnancy, drugs and alcohol, anger management, self-esteem, and developing healthy relationships. Together the outreach and prevention programs decrease youth homelessness on the streets of Houston.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Affliate of Covenant House 1983

National Alliance to End Homelessness 2011

Texas Homeless Network 2011

Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County, Inc. 2011

Public Relations Society of America 2011

Houston/Harris County Coalition for the Homeless 2011

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Increase the youth served in different programs by 50%.

Rebuild the current campus into a state-of-the-art facility that eapands the capacity by 50% in the next 2 years.

Broaden the community and coporate engagement to increase financial contributions and influence.

We have already secured close to $30 million in contributions and commitments toward the campus redevelopment goal of $42 million.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Youth who are between 18-24 years of age and experiences homelessness.

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We are collaborating on creating a program to serve the youth who are victims of domestic violence.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Covenant House Texas

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Covenant House Texas

Board of directors
as of 03/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Mike Holland

Marek Brothers Systems

Peter Billipp

Skyhawk Partners

Judeene Edison

Lockheed Martin

Brett L. Hamilton

Locke Lord, LLP

Albert Hergenroeder

Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital

William McGee

Florence and William K. McGee Jr. Family Foundation

Kurt D. Nondorf

Jackson Walker, LLP

John Sarvadi

Texas Capital Bank

Patricia Turner

Truluck's Restaurant Group

Randall Walker

Bank of Texas

Paolo Berard

NRG Energy

Steven Biegel


Mark Davis

Davis Commercial

Todd Binet

Appareo Capital

Tracy Fuller

Hermann-Memorial Hospital

Paul Layne

Layne Property Partners

Susanna Kartye

The Sarrazin Group

Vivek Mehta

Morgan Staney

Jeff Samples

International Bank of Commerce

Lindsey Wise

Quantas Services

Kevin Ryan

Covenant House International

Leslie McGuire

Covenant House International

Kristy Blurton

Young Professional President

Leslie Bourne

Covenant House Texas

Calvin Tang

Covenant House Texas

Melody Olivares

Covenant House Texas

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/11/2022

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/11/2022

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  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.