Covenant House Toronto News

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Rose Cino
Communications Manager
Direct Telephone: (416) 204-7081
Cell: (416) 524-0854
cino@covenanthouse.ca

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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
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Crisis Shelter: David

Life with his young, single mom was like walking on eggshells. David had to always be on guard to avoid provoking her temper.
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Facts & Stats

There are 10,000 homeless youth in Toronto each year

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

87% of Canadians don’t know the extent of the problem

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