DETROIT — Covenant House Michigan, a Detroit-based shelter serving homeless and at-risk youth, has named Gerald J. Piro as the new executive director for the organization. In addition, it was also announced that CHM founder and former executive director Sam Joseph, will become the CEO of Covenant House Academy.
Piro brings nearly 30 years experience in the social service sector to his new position. Most recently he was the executive vice president for Boys Hope Girls Hope International in St. Louis, Mo. where he oversaw the executive staff of all 30 homes in 15 locations throughout the country.
Originally from New York City, Piro has lived in the Detroit area for nearly 20 years. He holds advanced degrees in both Rehabilitation Counseling from St. John’s University in New York and Theological Studies from Immaculate Conception Seminary in New York.
Joseph founded Covenant House Michigan in 1997 and served as executive director from 1997 to 2013. In the newly created position of CEO for Covenant House Academy, Joseph will direct all aspects of the four charter schools.