Posts Tagged ‘Covenant House’

From Sleeping on Subways to Hollywood Success

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

Covenant House Alumnus Moves To Next Round of American Idol! from CovenantHouse on Vimeo.

By Alice Kenny

A big guy with a big name but short on luck most of his life, formerly homeless Hollywood Anderson just won a ticket to his namesake, Hollywood, CA. 

It’s all thanks, he says, to Catholic Charities affiliate/homeless shelter Covenant House and his powerful performance on American Idol.

Mr. Anderson, 22, found safety from the city streets along with the security and support he needed to thrive at Covenant House.  His transformation from sleeping on subways to success began when Norm Lotz, a Covenant House executive, noted the then-homeless young man’s talent and passion for music.  In addition to the home, food and counseling that Covenant House provided the young man, Mr. Lotz also gave him his first guitar. 

The rest is American Idol history.

Watch the video that inspired millions of viewers.

A Young Woman Tries to be the Kind of Mother She Never Had

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Masicqua AndrewsBy Alice Kenny

Abandoned by her mother, abused by the aunt that raised her and beaten by her boyfriend, Masicqua Andrews, 20, says the only place she has felt loved and safe are at school and at the Catholic Charities affiliated Covenant House homeless shelter where she and her baby are rebuilding their lives.

“They are like the family I never had,” Ms. Andrews said of Covenant House, a Catholic Charities affiliate, in a recently published New York Times Neediest Case profile. “They support me through everything I do.

Masicqua’s parents, both drug addicts, had nearly a dozen children with various partners.  They left them all with relatives to raise.  Only Masicqua graduated high school.  And only Masicqua, thanks to Covenant House, is about to go to college so to provide a better life for her little boy.

Read Masiqua’s full New York Times Neediest Cases profile now.

Working, Studying and Seeking a Home

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Latoya Ford

By Alice Kenny

Latoya Ford lived with seven foster families before finally being adopted at age 7.

Then, when Latoya turned 13, her adoptive mother, an older woman and “the only woman I ever called ‘mom’,” died of cardiac arrest .

After that, it seemed that no one really wanted her.

Fortunately, Latoya found her way to Covenant House, a shelter for teenagers and young adults affiliated with Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York.  Finally housed, she also received counseling, support and studied to become a certified nursing assistant.  She recently found full-time work at Beth Israel Medical Center and is now rebuilding her life.

Click here  to read her story published in The New York Times.