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Opening Doors for Homeless YouthCanada's largest homeless youth agency
Opening Doors for Homeless YouthCanada's largest homeless youth agency

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Happy National Volunteer Week! A warm thank you to our volunteers from your Covenant House family! #NVW2016
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In Montreal this week, our Executive Director Bruce Rivers and Program Director Carol Howes are participating in the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association National Congress on Housing and Homelessness with our country's leading ‪#‎housing‬ advocates. We are committed to working towards a future with ‪#‎housing4all‬ our ‪#‎homelessyouth‬.

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It's National Volunteer Week! We'd like to acknowledge our many talented, enthusiastic and caring volunteers who help us serve our kids. Our volunteers provide critical support and demonstrate to our youth that people in the community care for them. Thank you, Volunteers! #NVW2016
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Last night, about 50 of the next generation of business and community leaders spent a frigid night outside to raise awareness of youth homelessness and more than $210,000 for our kids at Covenant House!

Before the "sleepers" headed outside, they had the opportunity to hear from youth, alumni and staff about the kids we serve, the issue of youth homelessness, and the life-changing programs we have for homeless youth.

It was an especially hard sleep last night in below zero temperatures. We are deeply grateful for the commitment of our Sleep Out: Next Generation participants.
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Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome.
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We're delighted to announce that two of our Covenant House family members, our youth worker Francis Atta and Toronto Police Service Chief Mark Saunders, a member of our Board of Directors, have been honoured with national Harry Jerome Awards, the highest recognition presented by the Black Business and Professional Association.

Both Francis and Chief Saunders are very much deserving of this coveted symbol of achievement in the black community.

Francis has been recognized for his community service work in leading mentorship programs and motivational workshops for young people across the city. Once plagued by his own problems in his Jane-Finch neighborhood, Francis turned his life around.
Chief Saunders, who became the city’s first black police chief last year, is being honoured as a trailblazer.

Our warmest congratulations to Francis and Chief Saunders. We're proud and grateful that our kids benefit from your leadership!

Francis is in this photo with Ada Agi, Royal Bank award sponsor representative.
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I am strong, because I know my weakness. I am beautiful, because I am aware of my flaws. I am a lover, because I have felt hate. I am wise, because I learn from my mistakes. I can laugh, because I have felt sadness.
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Abuse and neglect are the two major reasons why youth leave home. Studies show that at least 70 percent of homeless youth have suffered some form of physical, sexual or emotional abuse.
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Wishing you a safe and spooky Halloween from the staff at Covenant House Toronto!
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Cara was 18 years old and pregnant when she first came to us. She had spent some time out west and in a small Ontario town living with each of her divorced parents, but when tensions mounted, she left and found her way to Toronto.

For many of our youth, their home may have been a source of pain, but if it is safe to do so, mending family ties can also be powerfully healing. Read more>
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