Covenant House Toronto News

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Rose Cino
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Direct Telephone: (416) 204-7081
Cell: (416) 524-0854
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Media Releases

Covenant House awarded UN grant to aid sex-trafficked victims

May 20, 2015 - Young sex-trafficked victims in Covenant House Toronto’s care will get more help thanks to a multi-year grant from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons.
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Sex-Trafficking Specialist wins Ontario Victim Services Awards
Apr. 23, 2015 - Michele Anderson, Covenant House Toronto sex-trafficking specialist, who has spent more than 20 years supporting young victims, was among the recipients of today’s Ontario Attorney General’s Victim Services Awards of Distinction.
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Up-and-coming business leaders raise $200,000 plus at sleep out
Apr. 9, 2015 - Some 60 up-and-coming business and community leaders spent the night sleeping outside to raise awareness of youth homelessness and more than $200,000 for kids at Covenant House.
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Covenant House Executive Director appointed to expert panel

Mar. 31, 2015 - Bruce Rivers, Covenant House Toronto executive director, is among the select members of an expert panel appointed by the Ontario government as it takes steps to address homelessness.
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February is second annual Covenant House Month

Feb. 1, 2015 - This February, the 2nd annual Covenant House Month will raise awareness of youth homelessness and much-needed funds for the country’s largest agency for street kids.
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New housing program for sex-trafficked victims first step in Covenant House combat plan

Jan. 29, 2015 - With the launch of the city’s first specialized, longer-term housing program, young, female victims of sex trafficking will find critically needed support to rebuild their lives, according to Covenant House Toronto, which will operate the new facility.
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Top Toronto execs spent night on the street for homeless kids
Nov. 20, 2014 - Seventy-one of the city’s top business and community leaders spent the night on the ground when the wind chill dipped to –18 °C to raise more than $900,000 for homeless kids at Covenant House, $100,000 over the original goal.
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Acclaimed contemporary artist, Mark Bradford,
to hold master class for marginalized youth

Nov. 6, 2014 - Youth-focused visual artist Mark Bradford, known for making elaborate collages out of “urban debris”, will visit Covenant House Toronto where he’ll lead a master class with marginalized, art-inclined young people.
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Covenant House and Global Knowledge nurture digital literacy in Toronto’s homeless youth

Oct. 13, 2014 - With the digital age changing the workplace and presenting new opportunities to youth equipped with specific IT skills, Global Knowledge Canada and Covenant House, the country’s largest homeless youth agency, have joined forces to offer valuable IT and computer programming training to homeless youth.
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International child advocates consider child trafficking
June 10, 2014 - Covenant House Toronto Executive Director Bruce Rivers is leading a panel of international child welfare experts today as they consider a new report outlining the worldwide “epidemic” that is putting millions of migrant minors and youth in the hands of predators.
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Covenant House Toronto encouraged by first human trafficking conviction

May 26, 2014 - A conviction of human trafficking for the sexual exploitation of two local young victims who received care and counselling from Covenant House Toronto is encouraging, says the agency for homeless youth.
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Covenant House Toronto youth and staff help clean up the street

Apr. 29, 2014 - Covenant House Toronto youth and staff rolled up their sleeves at the Clean Toronto Together: Downtown Yonge BIA effort to clean up O’Keefe Lane.
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New Sleep Out event raises over $165,000
Apr. 15, 2014 - Some 50 up-and-coming professionals spent the night sleeping outside to raise awareness and more than $160,000 for homeless youth at Covenant House.
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Covenant House unaffected by the Heartbleed bug

Apr. 14, 2014 - When we learned through media reports that there was a threat to online security posed by the Heartbleed Bug, we reviewed our processes and gained written assurances from our suppliers that Covenant House transactions were not affected.
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Business professionals sleeping out

Mar. 27, 2014 - Some 50 up-and-coming professionals will spend the night of April 10 sleeping outside to raise awareness of youth homelessness and support for kids at Covenant House.
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New funding to help youth leaving child welfare

Mar. 20, 2014 - More youth who have left the care of the children’s aid will have a better chance of success with the support of Covenant House community workers thanks to new funding from the Ontario government.
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Covenant House Month a huge success

Feb. 27, 2014 - The first annual Covenant House Month this February proved a huge success in raising awareness of youth homelessness and support for the agency’s work.
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Companies rally to support the crisis shelter at Covenant House Toronto

Feb. 24, 2014 - Covenant House Toronto’s Cause & Effect Campaign asked companies to sponsor a day of shelter at the country’s largest homeless youth agency to care for the up to 94 kids who use its crisis shelter every day.
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Covenant House staffer wins leadership award
Jan. 30, 2014 - Our Support Services Manager Danielle Neilson has been recognized for her outstanding leadership with a Vital People grant from the Toronto Community Foundation.
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Court ruling raises grave concerns for homeless, vulnerable youth

Dec. 20, 2013 - The Supreme Court’s decision to allow legal prostitution could result in an escalation in child prostitution and human trafficking as it has in other countries where the sex trade is legal, according to the country’s largest homeless youth agency.
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Top execs sleep out for
homeless kids
Nov. 22, 2013 - Seventy-four of the city’s top business and community leaders spent a chilly, damp night sleeping on the pavement to raise more than $700,000 for homeless kids at Covenant House.
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New Lise Watier: This is Me!
Girls Program launch
Nov. 6, 2013 - Canadian cosmetics icon, Lise Watier, is helping homeless girls build their confidence with a major contribution to a new Covenant House Toronto program that includes everything from self care to career planning to empower the agency’s female residents.
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Tim Leiweke and Arlene Dickinson lead Executive Sleep Out
Oct. 31, 2013 - The second annual Covenant House Executive Sleep Out expects 80 participants to spend the night of Nov. 21 outside with only a sleeping bag and a piece of cardboard to raise funds and awareness for homeless youth.
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National Bank helps homeless kids find jobs
Oct. 29, 2013 - More homeless youth will get the support to find jobs thanks to a $25,000 grant from the National Bank of Canada’s One for Youth program. The grant will go towards our vocational services team, which provides a comprehensive range of assistance for youth to get and keep jobs.
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Plan goes into action to give homeless youth more support, opportunities
Sept. 5, 2013 - New initiatives to give homeless youth (issues) more opportunities for stable housing, jobs, education and support are moving forward as Covenant House Toronto puts its five-year, comprehensive strategic plan into action.
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New chance at success with Hollyburn Properties partnership
Aug. 15, 2013 - Homeless youth will now have a chance to learn to live independently. The new partnership will see young people provided with a rent-reduced apartment for a year.
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Legalized sex trade hearing

June 14, 2013 - As the Supreme Court hears a case that could see prostitution legalized, the country’s largest homeless youth agency fears this possibility could threaten more vulnerable kids as it has in other countries where the sex trade is legal.
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Toronto City takes steps to combat human trafficking and provide victim support
Feb. 27, 2013 - Toronto City Council's decision to take action is an important step in combatting this horrific crime that threatens homeless and vulnerable youth," Carol Howes, Covenant House Program Director says.
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Help for kids leaving care welcomed
Jan. 24, 2013 - The province's commitment to extend financial and emotional support for youth leaving care could help reduce the high number of these young people who become homeless.
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Homeless kids make hand-crafted holiday gifts at Covenant House
Dec. 20, 2012 - For many homeless kids at Covenant House, their hand-made Christmas crafts are the only gifts they’ll have to give.
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Execs sleep out for homeless kids

October 31, 2012 - Leafs GM Brian Burke and Arlene Dickinson of Dragons’ Den have joined forces to lead business and community leaders as they sleep out to help homeless kids at Covenant House beat the street.
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Sister Mary Rose leaves powerful legacy

September 19, 2012 - Covenant House mourns the loss of our beloved Past International President Sr. Mary Rose McGeady.
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Homeless youth shelter supports extended benefits for foster youth recommended in new Ontario report

May 14, 2012 - More support for young people in foster care, particularly extending the age of eligibility from 21 to 25, is critical to reducing the alarming number of these youth who find themselves on the street, says Carol Howes, Covenant House Toronto program director.
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Legalized sex trade threatens more young, homeless kids, Covenant House fears

April 14, 2012 - Child prostitution, often involving homeless youth, will likely escalate if prostitution is legalized in Canada as it has in other countries where the sex trade is legal, according to Carol Howes, program director at Covenant House, an Ontario-based charity that offers shelter and support service for homeless youth.
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Success stories
Bina

A parent's sacrifice

Bina’s parents adored their sweet, bright-eyed daughter. When her life was threatened, they risked everything to save her.
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Facts & Stats

There are 10,000 homeless youth in Toronto each year

Homeless youth are forty times more likely to die than other youth

70% of homeless youth are fleeing homes with abuse and neglect

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