Jonathan, now 22, dropped out of school in his mid-teens. Traumatized by the suicide of his father, he could no longer cope with the demands of high school. He left school and spiraled into homelessness soon afterwards.
The holidays can be especially hard for the youth we serve at our drop-in. The streets are filled with festive lights and decorations. But with estrangement from family and challenges to make ends meet, it can seem like the holiday cheer is not meant for them.
Young women moving into Covenant House’s new transitional housing program for survivors of sex trafficking and exploitation will find a special welcome. Brightly coloured, hand-made quilts will cover their beds thanks to students at Havergal College, a private downtown girls’ school, who have taken up the cause of supporting the new residents.
When Jennifer joined her first meeting of our This is Me! Girls Program, she appeared very anxious about participating and allowing her voice to be heard. We began to gently encourage her by assuring her she was in a safe space. As the other young women in the group began to open up, so did [...]
When you’ve been out on your own, coming home for a family dinner strengthens connections and creates memories. For young people who were once homeless and without the support of a family, that isn’t always an option available to them. That’s one reason staff from our transitional housing program, Rights of Passage (ROP), started hosting [...]