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Covenant House : journey of a faith-based charity

Author: Peter J Wosh
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Covenant House occupies a prominent place among American charitable institutions. For more than thirty years, it has provided shelter and care for homeless youth as a faith-based social service organization. Founded in 1968 by the Rev. Bruce Ritter, Covenant House began its life as a modest ministry of availability to the poor in New York City, inspired by Franciscan traditions and by the expansive vision of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wosh, Peter J.
Covenant House.
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2005
(OCoLC)644013397
Named Person: Bruce Ritter; Bruce Ritter
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter J Wosh
ISBN: 0812238311 9780812238310
OCLC Number: 55518114
Description: 288 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Creation --
East Villagers --
Corporate --
Street life --
Ideas, men, money --
Boom years --
The crisis --
Rebirth.
Responsibility: Peter J. Wosh.
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An institutional history that follows the rise, fall, and rebirth of this important faith-based NYC social charity.  Read more...

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