November 21st, I will be armed with a sleeping bag and piece of
cardboard for Covenant House Toronto – raising awareness for more than 6,000
youth who spend most nights alone on the streets.
stories of children at risk inspired me to support Covenant House – including a
young girl named Rachel, who fled her childhood home in the Maritimes that was
filled with violence, trauma, and abuse. She found herself homeless on the
streets of Toronto, struggling with mental health issues. With nowhere to go,
she turned to Covenant House – and everything changed. Supportive staff and
connections to fellow youth helped Rachel address her mental health challenges
and transform her life.
will be sleeping on the street to raise funds for young people like Rachel –
with the hope that one less child will have to spend their days frightened and
On any given night in Canada, there may be at least 6000 homeless youth on the street. Covenant House helps youth ignite their potential and reclaim their lives. As Canada’s largest agency serving youth who are homeless, trafficked or at risk, they offer the widest range of 24-7 services to about 350 young people each day.
As a national leader, Covenant House educates and advocates for long-term change to improve the lives of vulnerable youth. This includes influencing public policy, leading awareness and prevention programs and continually building and sharing their knowledge. As a learning organization, they strive for excellence and programs with impact.
More than a place to stay, Covenant House provides life-changing care with unconditional love and respect. They meet youth’s immediate needs and then work together with the youth to achieve their future goals. Covenant House offers housing options, health and well-being support, training and skill development, and ongoing care once youth move into the community.
Thanks to their donors, who contribute almost 80 per cent of their $33 million annual operating budget, Covenant House is able to deliver these comprehensive programs and services.
Since 1982, Covenant House has supported more than 95,000 young people.