Rod grew up in a stable family in a small community. At the age of 18, he fell in with the wrong crowd and started using alcohol and drugs, heading down a path that caused friction in his once happy household. His family didn’t know how to help him, and he wasn’t ready to change. [...]
For 22-year-old Mary, who recently moved into her own apartment from Covenant House’s emergency shelter, an opportunity from Covenant House and Hollyburn Properties Ltd. means she’ll now be able to pursue her goal of becoming a paediatric nurse.
Growing up in a large family, Shanae sometimes disappeared into the shadows. Although there was a lot of love in her family, Shanae’s parents were proud and traditional. When she told them about a traumatic experience with a trusted adult, they were not able to give her the emotional support she needed. She was expected [...]
When a scared and mistrustful kid comes to our health care clinic, our caring nurses gently help them to open up about their health challenges. Learning to trust the intentions of adults again and accept their help is a critical step for a youth to heal and move forward.
Many youth who are struggling to cope with homelessness must also contend with serious mental health issues. About 35 percent of the homeless youth who come to us are suffering from mental illnesses, like post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or schizophrenia. This marks a significant increase from a decade ago.