April 3, 2020 at 9 a.m.
To our valued supporters:
I hope you and your families continue to be safe and well. As you are well aware, the COVID-19 pandemic is evolving at an alarming rate, and we continue to be a 24-7 refuge to youth experiencing homelessness or sex trafficking during this challenging time.
We would like to thank our community of supporters, including many of our volunteers, who have reached out to us to check-in and impart words of encouragement. We are so grateful to be in your hearts right now.
Here is an update to keep you informed about our situation.
Ensuring the health and safety of our staff and youth
I am pleased to report again this week that there haven’t been any positive cases of COVID-19 among the youth at Covenant House.
We are continuing to abide by the best practices outlined by local, provincial and federal health authorities and our in-house health care team to keep our staff and youth safe.
Helping youth cope
In a matter of weeks, young people staying with us—who have put so much work into stabilizing their lives—have been thrown back into uncertainty.
And for youth experiencing mental health challenges, they are far more vulnerable under the current circumstances. Their feelings of isolation, anxiety and distress have now been compounded during this pandemic, and our staff are working hard to help them cope.
This support is especially critical now as our youth are also experiencing job losses and fears about how they’re going to be able to pay rent. No matter what happens, we are committed to keeping them safe, healthy, and cared for.
Help us help our youth
While the rest of the country closes, we remain open 24-7. And our only hope to manage these turbulent times is through the generous support of our donors. Together we can be there for the most vulnerable in our community—the ones who urgently need extra help during an emergency like this.
Thank you for being there in these difficult times and please check this page for future updates.