Founder’s Corner – Our Greatest Resource: People

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Andrea Ellis: Administrator of Education

Marley in his pigtail, usual waistcoat, tights and boots; the tassels on the latter bristling, like his pigtail, and his coat-skirts, and the hair upon his head. The chain he drew was clasped about his middle. It was long, and wound about him like a tail; and it was made (for Scrooge observed it closely) of cash-boxes, keys, padlocks, ledgers, deeds, and heavy purses wrought in steel.

“You are fettered,” said Scrooge, trembling. “Tell me why?”

“I wear the chain I forged in life,” replied the Ghost. “I made it link by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will I wore it. Is its pattern strange to you?”

Last week I had the opportunity observe Andrea Ellis, our Administrator of Education, in action. During the Christmas season, our girls are reading A Christmas Carol. Prior to talking about the book, Andrea was reviewing with them about figurative language…metaphors, similes…alliterations. The book is riddled with this type of language so to understand what you are reading you must understand the language.

The story is a classic and interesting but what I witnessed had more to do with Andrea than the novel. The environment was conducive for learning; the girls were engaging in conversation; they were asking questions; they were soaking up this moment in the classroom. It was beautiful to watch.

Why? Was it the twinkling lights on the mini Christmas tree that provided a warm atmosphere? Was it that each girl had her own book to read and highlight? Was it the new Chrome Books that they were using to look up definitions of words?

Yes…but those things would be ineffectual with out Miss Annie.

We all had that one special teacher who inspired us, challenged us, and helped us believe in ourselves. Miss Annie is that teacher to our girls. Without her, all of our material resources are useless.

During the study of A Christmas Carol, Andrea and the girls talked about the chains that crippled Marley…the chains of money and greed. By using this novel, Andrea created a therapeutic moment for the girls to talk about the chains that were placed on them by being trafficked and how to break those chains. She created an occasion for healing.

Annie joined our team in June. She left a tenured position that provided professional security. She selflessly did this in order to provide education and healing to those most vulnerable and gives sacrificially to our girls on a daily basis.

When you give to The Covering House, you are not only investing in material things. You are investing in people who pour out every ounce of energy, compassion, and love that they have into our girls.

Our people are our greatest resource.

As you consider year-end giving, please know that your donation allows The Covering House to hire outstanding staff like Annie who inspire young minds and provide hope to traumatized hearts.

If you would rather purchase an item on the wish list instead of donating money, here is a link to Annie’s list.

I am deeply grateful for all your continuous support that allows us to care for these girls.


Thank you.



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