Our Mission:

To help students thrive.

The Cove is a teen nurturing center designed to provide a safe space for students experiencing homelessness to access the resources they need to thrive.


The Cove is a safe space created for students who are experiencing youth homelessness. Our goals for the 2018-2019 are to commit to the care of our students, provide them with the opportunity for future stability, make them feel valued through their health, and empowering them by providing programs to help them succeed in their educational endeavors.

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Kellie and Passion, both Cove graduates, first heard about the Cove at school. At first, they were skeptical. But after encouragement from school employees, they decided to give it a try. “It sounded too good to be true,” Kellie said. “But we came and it was awesome.”

“The emotional support we had, that was the biggest thing we needed”

Passion explained that the two friends immediately felt welcome at the Cove. “I just started loving it,” she said. “It got me away from the emotional stuff that was going on. It was a safe place – there was transportation, I was able to study, there were people to help with research projects.”

Passion also said the encouragement she received from volunteers and staff gave her the motivation she needed to finish high school. “The emotional support we had, that was the biggest thing we needed,” she said. “‘You can do it’ goes a long way for someone going through hard things. It really does … Without the Cove, I don’t think I would’ve graduated.” Today, Kellie and Passion are both attending college and working part-time.

about youth homelessness

Homeless youth, sometimes referred to as “unaccompanied” youth, are individuals under the age of 18 who lack parental, foster, or institutional care.


get involved

There are many ways in which you can help support students who are dealing with homelessness.


Did you know The Cove has an Amazon wishlist?

We have updated our wish list for summer programming! We have listed sensory, hygiene, and food items that will help students this summer to better thrive! If this is something you’re interested in, click the link below to donate!

Make a Donation

If you are interested in partnering with us in ending youth homelessness in and around Waco, click on the link below.