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.
Our “Bed for Every Head” online campaign, which is featured in our March eNewsletter, saw people share selfies of them in their beds to spread the message that homeless youth deserve a bed of their own. You can still participate by going to www.CovenantHouseToronto.ca/bed4everyhead.
Traditionally the coldest month, when homeless youth can be most at-risk, February also marks the anniversary of the opening of our site.
“The needs of homeless youth are increasingly more complex than they were when we first opened our doors 33 years ago this month,” says Bruce Rivers, Covenant House Executive Director. “We are challenged to do more to help our young people rebuild their lives and become independent, productive adults.”
With the help of donors, supporters, companies and employee groups, we raised more than $1-million towards this year’s $21.8-million operating budget.
“We’re building on the movement we saw last year to share our kids’ stories and strengthen our community partnerships so that we continue to provide life-changing programs and services,” Rivers says.
The month was recognized by the City of Toronto and the Ontario government.