Someone to look up to

Andrea’s parents were often absent and overwhelmed with work and family. She fell in with the wrong crowd and made some of the poor decisions that many young teenagers make. But her mom’s anger and impatience with her pushed her further away until she no longer felt welcome at home.

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Seeking calmer shores

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.

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Employment benefits

For a homeless youth, employment is the promise of an independent future. Our Employment Centre offers a structured and supportive program that helps our youth find work and build job readiness skills.“At the Employment Centre, we’re offering hope and potential to youth who maybe haven’t felt it before,” says Supervisor Fred. “Our program brings out [...]

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Living up to his promise

Malcolm spent a grueling three months on the street, sleeping in Internet cafes and 24-hour restaurants. In a desperate Internet search, he found Covenant House. He came to Canada in his early teens to live with his extended family. There was a lot of conflict in his family and he had been kicked out.

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Finding her own way

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 [...]

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