Young girl standing outside Covenant House, smiling after she is no longer homeless

My name is Taylor Bennet.* I’m a strong, independent young woman who has conquered a lot this year. Avdell Home was a part of my recovery.

When I met my advocate from Covenant House, she offered me a safe place to rest and wrap my head around the horrible situation I had just left. I was suicidal, extremely scared and had severe social anxiety. When my advocate showed me videos of the space I could move into, I was a little nervous—it seemed unreal at first. I chose to give it a chance. It was the best choice I have ever made in my life.

From Avdell, I have been able to work on obtaining my high school credits, and I participated in a work readiness program. These are two things I never thought I would do again.

I meet with a mental health counsellor and she has taught me skills to stay mentally healthy and to remind myself that I am worthy of love.

This is the healthiest I have ever been and I have grown a lot since being here. I plan to continue to keep learning and working toward my high school diploma. I plan on attending college for law and want to use all my talents to the best of my ability.

I am most grateful for the feeling of safety, and the genuine care and kindness Covenant House staff have shown me. I appreciate that staff understand what I have been through. I am proud of myself!

*Note: To protect this youth’s identity, we have changed her name at her request and used a stock photo.