5 Hours of Audio Tape

Today’s visit to Covenant House was a basic overview of how Covenant House works with homeless kids.

Not all have a history of foster care, many are just shuffled from relative to relative until they turn 18 and then kicked out of their homes. Many though do have a history of foster care and not just a few placements but dozens of placements. Home after home after home after home, shuffled for years on end and then let loose into the world with little to no resources.

IS DYFS, SOCIETY, THEIR FORMER FOSTER PARENTS, ANYONE CONCERNED WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM WHEN THEY TURN 18 AND LEAVE????

After today, it seems not. It’s left to social services non profits like Covenant House to step in and try to save them before it’s too late. From what I saw today, only a handful are captured in Covenant’s safety net.

I put a cordless mic on Covenant House New Jersey Outreach Liaison Janette Scrozzo today and taped her as she gave me a tour and introduced me to numerous staff and several of the kids living there. It worked out great with the cordless as it was much less intrusive that holding a mic.

One of the major issues is going to be content management. I’ve backed up the audio from today on three separate hard drives in a folder with today’s date and Covenant House. This could quickly get overwhelming in terms of editing audio but I thought it was essential to get a basic understanding of what they do and how they approach the kids. Already some really strong sound bytes.

I had my camera but didn’t shoot a photo. More important to assimilate and get background that will help me later in the project.


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