Maya is the occupational therapist at Covenant House and, right now, her support is needed more than ever. In her normal day-to-day work, Maya’s primary focus is to help youth who are homeless build a sense of stability, structure and routine in their lives. But COVID-19 has taken all this away.
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. Many have lost jobs, others can’t graduate, and the programs and services they relied on are in flux. As Maya reflects: “In this changing landscape, it’s hard to get a foothold.”
The fear and anxiety around the pandemic have also heightened existing mental health challenges.