THE COVE STORIES

 
Kelly Atkinson and Carter Rogers nail a plaque to the garden bed, honoring Carter’s Eagle Scout project totaling 139 hours of service for The Cove.

Kelly Atkinson and Carter Rogers nail a plaque to the garden bed, honoring Carter’s Eagle Scout project totaling 139 hours of service for The Cove.

Eagle Scouts “cultivate” care for The Cove

The Cove had a ceremony June 17, to celebrate the Eagle Scout boys and girls who built garden beds for The Cove. Many students at The Cove desire gardening skills, and this gives them the opportunity to watch and help vegetables and fruit grow. This project provides teens with a safe place to tend to something bigger than themselves. A place for dedication to be rewarded with harvest. A place for new beginnings. 

Robbie and Franci Rogers, whose son Carter is an Eagle Scout, discovered the Cove through mutual friends, and soon became passionate about The Cove’s purpose and passion.  

“I think I was most impressed by the fact of how ignorant I was about homelessness. I mean you just assume since I’m eating, I live in a house, why don’t you?” Robbie Rogers said.  

Dr. Ed Morrison, who serves as Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 308, attended the ceremony. 

“I think I struggled with profiling, thinking only 65-year old men were homeless,” Morrison said.  

“Our kids do their best to stay invisible,” said Kelly Atkinson, “So you would not recognize them. They have probably waited on you at your favorite restaurant. They’re getting off school buses, just like you and your friends are, and yet, they’re worried all day about where they’re going to stay.” 

Carter’s Eagle project includes 139 hours of service towards The Cove.  

“We all want to touch the world, but we can only do it one person at a time. To the student that has always desired to learn how to garden, this is for them,” Robbie Rogers said.  

In addition, Master Gardeners visited later that afternoon to help plant butternut squash, watermelon, sweet banana peppers, poblano peppers, and marigold in the garden beds. Cove students are eager to tend to this newly planted garden. 

 

THE COVE IN THE NEWS

Waco Trib: 14 new agencies funded as United Way grants $1.2 million under new model

Waco Trib: EDITORIAL: The Cove’s unique mission to help homeless kids rates your attention, support

Waco Trib: “Center for homeless youth looks to wean itself off city funding” by Rhiannon Saegert 6/24/2019

“Waco: Bank partners with nonprofit helping homeless high-schoolers” by Drake Lawson and Rissa Shaw, on KWTX 10, 05/30/2019

Baylor Magazine: “Learning to Give: Philanthropy and the Public Good course guides students through a rigorous grant process and equips them for lives of discerning generosity” by Derek Smith, Winter 2019

Waco Trib: “Magnolia donation to The Cove to help house homeless teens” by Cassie L. Smith, 11/27/2018

The Cove, Heart of Texas: 2018 Charity Champions September 2018 Promo video

The Cove, Heart of Texas: 30-second miniclip, 9/15/18.

Tell Me Something Good with Julie Hays, KWTX, “Local Nonprofit helps homeless high school students beat the odds”, 9/17/18.

"Attendance triples in The Cove's 2nd year helping homeless Waco ISD youth" By Shelly Conlon, 12/28/17.

"Innovated Programs: Waco ISD Uses "The Cove" To Help Homeless Students," By Thomas Greer, CAE, TASBO, 9/16/16.

"Waco program fights teen homelessness," By Emani Payne, KCEN TV. 9/9/16

"Teen nurturing center for homeless students offers tours of facility for Waco residents," By Estephany Escobar, Channel 25 News. 8/19/16

Waco Trib: "Editorial: Let's make sure The Cove gets up and running to help our homeless students," 7/28/16

"Lack of funds could delay the Cove's opening," by Shelly Conlon, Waco Trib, 7/25/16

"The Cove Will Soon Open its Doors to Homeless Waco ISD Students," by Carlos Morales, featured on The Texas Standard, 7/19/16

"The Cove Will Soon Open its Doors to Homeless Waco ISD Students," by Carlos Morales, on KWBU, 7/8/16

Act Locally Waco: "My Story of Homelessness, Hope, and a Mustard Seed" by Destiny Fernandez, 6/10/16

VIDEO: Waco ISD News, "The Cove - Extending a helping hand to homeless children" 3/31/16

Act Locally Waco: "The Cove, A Safe Haven for Homeless Youth" by Amy Jimenez, 1/28/16

Waco Trib: "The Cove to open soon for homeless Waco ISD students" by Stephanie Butts, 2/26/16

Waco Trib: "Baylor class distributes $50,000 to local nonprofits" by Phillip Ericksen, 12/8/15

Waco Trib: "The Cove, center for displaced teens, moving forward to seek location" by Stephanie Butts, 11/2/15