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.
The season can be a time to create warm, cherished memories with loved ones. But at The Rogers Home, our transitional housing program for victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking, it can also bring added stress and sadness.
In Ethan’s childhood home, it was as if all his family members fought for centre stage as they played out their struggles. He needed to grow up quickly to meet the high emotional needs, but there was no room for his own.
On the sidelines of a soccer game, in the concession lineup of a movie theatre, while preparing a meal in our kitchen—our male youth workers steal quiet moments to teach young men who are staying with us about respect, responsibility and kindness. Our Gentlemen’s Group offers fun activities, helpful workshops and discussion groups for our [...]
When Calvin was just four years old, he witnessed his mother’s boyfriend chase her down the street and around a bend with a kitchen knife. His mother had known only abuse from men, and she made her sons pay for her pain.