What it takes to be a gentleman

On the sidelines of a soccer game, in the concession lineup of a movie theatre, while preparing a meal in our kitchen—our male youth workers steal quiet moments to teach young men who are staying with us about respect, responsibility and kindness. Our Gentlemen’s Group offers fun activities, helpful workshops and discussion groups for our [...]

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Far from home

Marco’s dad was never a father to him. His dad lived in Toronto, while Marco grew up in Ecuador, immersed in the love of a large, close knit family–his mother, grandmother and three siblings. But at 18, he reluctantly left them to join his father in Canada in pursuit of a better life.

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Employment benefits

For a homeless youth, employment is the promise of an independent future. Our Employment Centre offers a structured and supportive program that helps our youth find work and build job readiness skills.“At the Employment Centre, we’re offering hope and potential to youth who maybe haven’t felt it before,” says Supervisor Fred. “Our program brings out [...]

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Searching for home

Joel remembers walking along the deserted city streets one peaceful winter morning two years ago. Snow fell gently as he passed by the darkened storefronts. It was Christmas Day and he was homeless.

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Making Christmas brighter

Christmas can be the hardest time for a kid living in a shelter. It is when kids reflect with painful clarity that they may never know the warmth and festive spirit of a loving home. At Covenant House, we do everything we can to make sure our youth feel loved and appreciated during this difficult [...]

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