by Kevin Gillingham | Aug 20, 2018
Young people today account for roughly 20% of Canada’s homeless population, and many homeless Canadian youth (40% according to one study) experienced homelessness for the first time when they were younger than 16 years old. Since 1982, Covenant House Toronto has given more than 95,000 homeless youth the opportunity to transition from a life on the street to a life with a future, but there are countless more that need our help.
On November 15th, Jim Taylor, President of Activo, will take part in Covenant House’s Sleep Out event so that homeless youth in our community no longer need to.
About Sleep Out
Sleep Out allows participants to understand the causes of youth homelessness, connect with youth at Covenant House, and find out what your fundraising really means to everyone at Covenant House.
The experience starts with a dinner prepared and served by youth in Convent House’s Cooking for Life Program and featuring many of the typical items Covenant House makes on a daily basis. While everyone is eating, a few courageous individuals will take the time to share their stories with you about what brought them to Covenant House and where they are today. After-dinner programming is focused on enhancing participants’ understandings of youth homelessness, including its roots and how we can work together to solve it. At 10pm, our sleepers will pick up their sleeping bags and cardboard to head out for a night on the street.
About Covenant House Toronto
Covenant House Toronto is Canada’s largest agency serving at-risk, homeless, and trafficked youth. It provides a wide range of services and supports to as many as 300 youth every day. Its doors are open to all youth between the ages of 16 and 24 regardless of their race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or any other factors that bring them to Covenant House.
Beyond simply being a place to stay, Covenant House provides 24/7 crisis shelter and transitional housing as well as comprehensive services like counselling, health care, education, employment assistance, job training, and aftercare.
As a national leader on the issue, Covenant House Toronto actively educates and advocates for change through both public policy and prevention and awareness programs.
To carry out this valuable work, Covenant House relies on generous donors for more than 80% of its more than $30 million annual operating budget.
To support Jim’s Sleep Out campaign and Covenant House Toronto, please click here. From all of us at Activo and everyone at Covenant House (youth and staff alike)—thank you.
Activo believes in, and practices, charitable and community support, and we have a strong history of community involvement. Click here to see some of the organizations we have supported in the past and continue to support.
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