SEATTLE, Washington — In the past two years, Zachary Levi and Covenant House have teamed up twice now to provide shelter and care for children on the streets. Levi, who is best known for his role in DC’s Shazam!, has helped Covenant House raise more than $50,000 to support homeless children.
Covenant House started providing shelter and care to runaway, homeless children in 1972. The focus of these shelters is to protect trafficked and exploited homeless children in “31 cities across 6 countries.” Covenant House has what they call a “continuum of care” that works in three steps.
Street and Van Outreach: This is the first step in connecting with the youth in the community. The organization provides free blankets, sandwiches and information about Covenant House. These outreach teams are on the streets daily trying to find and help homeless kids.
Crisis Care: The second step takes place in the first 72 hours of a child being at the shelter. This focus is on both the basic needs (food, shelter, medical care, etc.) and building a strong foundation of trust and safety.
Long-term Support: This final step works toward providing the kids with a means of self-sufficiency. Not only does Covenant House give the basic needs but it also helps children obtain the skills needed to go out into the world in adulthood to provide for themselves. This includes education, job readiness and a program called Rights of Passage that was set up in 1986 to teach the youth the basics of living on their own. Rights of Passage covers financial skills and how to shop for and cook healthy meals.
The Covenant House department team is built of experts in children’s human rights, working to pass legislation that builds and enforces policies to protect the children of these countries and punish the traffickers. It is taking steps to make these countries safer places for children.
Zachary Levi and Covenant House
Zachary Levi’s first show of support for Covenant House took place on August 20, 2018, when Levi joined Covenant House’s Sleep Out Movement. He went out to sleep on the streets in order to raise awareness and money for Covenant House. Levi put out a call to his fans on Twitter and Instagram to show their support. His goal was to raise $5,000. He exceeded that goal by hitting more than $12,000 in donations.
Just over a year later, on September 11, 2019, Levi posted an announcement on Instagram that he had partnered with Bear Walker to raise $50,000 for the Covenant House. Walker created a collector’s edition skateboard with the deck designed to look like a bed. Each board was autographed by Zachary Levi. All proceeds from the sold boards go toward the Covenant House.
Zachary Levi supports Covenant House in all its divisions. Levi is using his 1.5 million followers on Instagram (compared to Covenant House’s 11.5 thousand) to raise awareness for a nonprofit organization doing its part to help alleviate global poverty one child at a time. Covenant House is taking children in and giving them a fresh start. These children are receiving support and real-life education to help them flourish in the future. This, in turn, will help their communities become richer environments.
– Jordan Miller