2001: Celebrate 20 years as an organization with a dinner/theater event and the screening of “Quest for Justice” a video celebrating 20 years of work was shown. Volunteers and staff were honored for their work and gift of time to the organization, while entertained by nationally known political comedian Jimmy Tingle.
2002: Establish an endowment fund to ensure continuation of maintenance and sustainability of programs.
2002-2008: Continue to grow Challenge WV with local chapters formed in 27 counties and state-wide monthly meetings held at Covenant House. On January 1, 2009, Challenge WV became its own non-profit organization.
2003: Co-sponsor a Fair Housing Conference in Charleston
2003-2007: Launch a Health Action program to work on securing health care coverage for all West Virginians. The Health Action program was instrumental in the passage of a WV resolution urging the Legislature to set a goal of providing all citizens of WV with comprehensive, quality and affordable health care, as well as enacting the WV Pharmaceutical Availability bill. The program worked on legislation to require employers qualifying for economic development funds to provide health insurance benefits for its employees
2007: Testify at Congressional hearings on Capitol Hill regarding reauthorization of the McKinney-Vento Act and how a “one size fits all” approach to federal spending on preventing homelessness is impractical for small cities and rural areas
2007-present: Collaborate with the WV chapter of the American Institute of Architects, host an annual “Canstruction” competition to raise awareness about hunger in our city. Architectural, engineering, and construction firms compete against each other, building colossal structures entirely out of canned food.
2007-present: Assist in organizing the Kanawha Valley Collective and WVMHCA’s annual “One Night Without A Home” sleep out event at Magic Island in downtown Charleston, raising awareness about homelessness in Charleston.
2007-present: Take a lead role in ensuring the coordination and sustainability of the Frank Veltri Thanksgiving Dinner for those who are shut-in or experiencing homelessness.
2007-present: Collaborate with other local AIDS service organizations to present a Charleston World AIDS Day commemoration each December 1.
2008-present: Take a lead role in bringing the national SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) program to West Virginia. Hire staff who, using the SOAR model, identify people living in homelessness with serious mental illness and who are eligible for federal income benefits and assist them throughout the application process as a step to their recovery.
2008-2009: Coordinate a Diversity Program, seeking to provide various educational opportunities for Charleston related to cultural awareness, principles of community, and the development of a safe, respectful and inclusive city.
2008-2009: Launched a new Health Outreach approach, focused on raising public awareness on important health issues. Activities included media campaigns series on smoking cessation and HIV/AIDS awareness.
2009: Participate in a formal, legal intervention in West Virgina electric companies’ request of the WV Public Service Commission to raise their rates. Covenant House with attorneys from Mountain State Justice leading the charge requested, among other things, the establishment of programs and protocols to ensure that low-income consumers retain access to electricity.
2009: As part of a team of Kanawha Valley Collective service providers, launch a program funded by the American Recovery Act: Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing program (HPRP). Covenant House’s HPRP program provides assistance to low-income families and individuals directly affected by the recession to retain housing or to quickly regain housing if already facing homelessness.