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 [...]
Rod grew up in a stable family in a small community. At the age of 18, he fell in with the wrong crowd and started using alcohol and drugs, heading down a path that caused friction in his once happy household. His family didn’t know how to help him, and he wasn’t ready to change. [...]
Our second annual Covenant House Month in February proved a bigger success in helping us to raise awareness of youth homelessness and much-needed funds for our work. Throughout the month, our advocacy initiatives highlighted the often-overlooked and misunderstood issue of youth homelessness.
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.
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 [...]