Have you ever walked by a homeless teen and wondered what circumstances led him or her to a life on the street? Well, after volunteering for Covenant House over the years, we’ve learned that the reasons are varied and they are all heartbreaking. There are kids abandoned by their parents for being LGBTQ, others who are escaping physical and/or emotional abuse and ones who are suffering or recovering from addiction. Once you hear testimonials from these kids you realize how vital it is to have a place where they can find safety and support. Covenant House is that place.
As Canada’s largest agency serving at-risk, homeless and trafficked youth, Covenant House Toronto changes lives by providing the widest range of services and support to as many as 300 youth a day. A national leader, they educate and advocate for change by influencing public policy and delivering prevention and awareness programs. More than a place to stay, they provide 24/7 crisis shelter and transitional housing on-site and in the community, along with comprehensive services, including education, counselling, health care, employment assistance, job training and aftercare.
Every year a group of executives and business leaders raise money and pledge to sleep outside for one night in late November. Yes, it’s cold and dark and sometimes raining/snowing, but we only have to do it for one night - most of the kids who use Covenant house live this way all year.
On November 21, 2019 armed with a sleeping bag and a piece of cardboard, I will take on the challenge of sleeping outside on the streets of Toronto so that homeless youth don't have to.
Please sponsor me today. Your generosity will make a huge difference to the lives of these kids and will help ensure that they never have to sleep on the street again.