At just 13 years old, Shawn was recruited to an infamous street gang by his mother’s friends. For two years, they beat him to groom him for a life of violence. “They wanted to toughen me up. They wanted a soldier,” he explains.
Chef John Lee, our new instructor for our culinary arts training program, Cooking for Life, made sure to poach Theresa some eggs. She had never had them poached before. For Chef John, these little moments matter. “If they want to try something, it’s my job to make sure they can,” he says. “In this kitchen, [...]
When Macy’s dad left, her mom changed. Her dad had been physically abusive and critical to Macy as a small child, but when he left, it did not get much easier. Angry, disappointed and overworked, her mom barely spoke to her except to yell.
When Sophie’s mom was angry at the world, it was Sophie who would suffer. Her mom was overwhelmed and alone with six kids. They were all boys except Sophie, so her mom would be especially hard on her. Sophie would escape the chaos around her by keeping to herself and listening to her music, but [...]
Covenant House Toronto’s Cooking For Life program trains homeless youth for a career in the food industry. In its first two years, this innovative job training program helped over 65 at-risk youth find employment.