Muskegon charter school offering housing for students

A Muskegon Charter school will soon offer housing to students.

MUSKEGON, MICH. - Covenant Academy students in need of stable housing will have a place to call home when school resumes in about two weeks.

Covenant Hall is being built inside the closed Muskegon County Child Haven building on Terrace Street. Renovation work is nearly finished, and workers have built a 35-bed housing facility.

It's where students from Covenant Academy can live if needed.

"Safe and secure 365 days a year," said Jon Felske, CEO of the Covenant Academy Foundation.   

Felske and school leaders want Covenant Hall to have the atmosphere of a college dormitory. There will be a library, computer room and recreation space. Covenant Hall is only two blocks from Covenant Academy. The school serves breakfast and lunch to students.

Students who live at Covenant Hall will be offered dinner in a community setting after school.

The housing should help those students concentrate on school work and getting good grades. The charter school serves students 16 to 22 years old -- students who in many cases dropped out of traditional high schools.

"We had staff members getting phone calls that I'm not able to come today because now I'm over at such and such address," Felske said. "Staff would say we're going to get in our car and come over and pick you up." 

The rooms at Covenant Hall have the potential to help students reach their goals.

"Their own room, a personal space, they they can truly call their own," Felske said.

Students at the school are working at their own pace to earn a high school diploma. 

The hall is for students throughout Muskegon County, but they must attend Covenant Academy to live at the hall.

A grand opening is scheduled for July 25.

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