ERIC COVINGTON

I’m the Program Manager at the Colonial Heights H.U.F. Center.

Eric Covington has been a provider of services for the underserved for approximately three decades. His formal career began in 1989 as a Child Protection Specialist for NYC Child Welfare Administration, after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Castleton State College in 1987. Mr. Covington held various positions in human services that focused on a clientele living with mental illness, developmental disabilities and cognitive disturbances, such as Child Protective Caseworker, Probation and Parole Officer and Supervisor, Case Manager and Supervisor for Foster care and Adoption Services, Residential Manager for Diagnostic Congregate Care and Therapeutic Day Treatment Counselor before accepting the opportunity to work with Hope, Unity and Freedom Center in Colonial Heights.

During his career, he has learned that positive outcomes are usually determined by the investment of the service provider and the person in need of services. Each consumer is unique and is worthy of individualized attention and support. Mr. Covington is a proponent of the adage “give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for a life time”. He leads by example and models a mindset of empathy, respect and patience for all, staff, consumers and community partners.

Eric Covington very excited about being a part of this team at HUF – Colonial Heights. He is of the belief that this can be a mutually beneficial partnership where all our lives will be enhanced by building sustainable relationships while we provide our community with skills for independence and self- empowerment.