Sixteen-year-old Shawna was brought to us by police. She accepted their help when she was found in a motel where her boyfriend had been forcing her to sell herself. As we implement our comprehensive, anti-sex-trafficking plan, we are providing more support for young, female victims. Among our new services are two dedicated crisis beds in our [...]
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 [...]