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 [...]
By the time he was 17 years old, Nigel had been in jail three times for dealing drugs. He grew up in a troubled neighbourhood with his brother and their single mother who struggled with alcoholism. With little structure and support at home, he looked to his peers for lessons on how to survive.
“My stepdad and me really didn’t get along and my mom and me have never gotten along since I was four or five years old,” Mike recalls.
Life with his young, single mom was like walking on eggshells. David had to always be on guard to avoid provoking her temper.
Laura grew up in a seemingly happy, well-to-do home. Her parents were active and respected in the community. No one would have suspected them of physically and sexually abusing her.