A volunteer with vision: Angela Grovey helps young women reflect on their values

On a snowy January evening, several youth from our Lise Watier: This is Me! Program participated in a vision-boarding workshop. The event allowed for bonding between participants and for youth staying at Covenant House to build a sense of personal power and potential. Hosted by Broadway artist and Covenant House volunteer, Angela Grovey, the workshop [...]

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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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The power of using your voice

Singing is an outlet for finding peace and solace, or to decompress from life’s hardships. Recognizing the power of song, volunteers at Covenant House Toronto host an open-mic Karaoke Night for our youth several times a month. Here, youth can find their voice, let loose and express themselves. Volunteer Amy Kirkpatrick’s passion for singing and [...]

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Self-care from the inside out

On a Friday evening in June, youth from around the house gathered in our employment centre for a one-day spa and salon pop-up event. Hosted by Kasia from the P.E.A.C.E. (Peer Education and Connection Through Empowerment) Project and Aleks from our in-house barbershop, the evening encouraged the youth to explore both their inner and outer [...]

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Power of a haircut

One of the first things youth notice when they walk into our employment centre is a barbershop chair and desk with haircutting tools. Aleks, our employment counsellor who assists youth to prepare applications and find work, is also a barber. He had the idea to provide a weekly barbershop when he saw that many of [...]

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