Homelessness is a heartbreaking thought, especially when so many young Canadians live without a home to call their own. The future of Canada lies with today’s youth, yet due to circumstances beyond their control, thousands of young men and women are forced to survive on the streets with no one to support or believe in them.
The winter months are particularly difficult on homeless youth since gusts of arctic air and blizzard conditions make it very complicated to stay warm. Homelessness is unfortunately rampant across the entire country particularly in the big cities. Toronto for example, reports over 10,000 homeless youth are on the streets in any given year even when the city declares extreme cold alerts at -15 degrees Celsius and colder.
Homeless youth are reliant on social housing and charitable organizations during these extremely cold nights to find shelter and stay warm. The Covenant House is one of these associations, and is recognized as one of Toronto’s most important organizations to help keep youth off the streets. Volunteers that donate their time to the Covenant House routinely commend the intelligence and potential of most youth who come through the doors – they simply need an opportunity and someone to believe in them to turn their lives around.
The Covenant House relies on charitable donations to finance 80 percent of its operating budget. The Covenant House is more than just a shelter – it provides healthcare, counselling, and education services. But it’s most distinguished trademark is providing job training skills and development to help young men and women find steady employment and begin building a real chance at life. In order to meet its mission, the Covenant House requires all the help it can get.
One of the donors is the operator of www.onlinecasino.org, which will donate $50 to the Covenant House for every person who registers an account through the website until March 20 – the first day of spring. The goal is to help the Covenant House provide opportunity and hope for as many homeless youth as possible – help the youth of today be better for tomorrow.