Why food matters

Food is the centre of everything we do at Covenant House. It is the first thing we offer a youth when they come through our doors, and it’s what fuels our young people as they work hard for a brighter future. Without having to worry about where to find their next meal, our young people [...]

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Empathy inspires youth to become monthly donor

Walking by a homeless person can ruin 15-year-old Noah Hunt’s day. “I can’t imagine what it would be like to live on the street,” he said. “When I see someone struggling, it makes me feel awful.” Living in Toronto, it’s not unusual for him to encounter homelessness. Youth are especially heartbreaking because, as a teen, [...]

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A New Voice

When Adam moved from our crisis shelter to the longer-term housing program, CIBC Rights of Passage, I was told it had been two years since he last spoke in full sentences. He wouldn’t say more than a word or two. One day, I accompanied him on an appointment in the community. Like usual, he was [...]

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Gaining strength through experience

Omar remembers returning to Toronto and calling both his parents, every relative and even distant family friends. Nobody answered. He panicked and sank into despair, even considering ending his life. He had nowhere to go. He spent a long time thinking at a downtown subway station before finally realizing there was nothing left to do [...]

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Living on her own terms

When Marissa was 16, her mother’s boyfriend tried to make a pass at her. Her mother did not want to believe her and feared any confrontation with him. After Marissa rejected him, he was determined to make her life difficult. She was trapped in her home for days unable to leave except to go to [...]

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