By the time Naaz arrived at Covenant House, she felt like she was “in quicksand.”
She and her older brother had recently fled conflict in their country. When they arrived in Canada, they spent a week at the airport. She didn’t speak English and she had no idea what to do next.
Walking into Covenant House was like coming home—to care, kindness and a life of opportunities she couldn’t even begin to imagine.
Naaz kept to herself for the first few weeks, but gradually opened up to the programs that would change her life. Staff helped her with practical matters like getting a work permit, taking ESL classes and organizing housing options. But, more than that, they encouraged her to believe in herself.