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Our Impact

Since 1982, we've provided care for young people who have experienced homelessness and sex trafficking. And we're still fighting to make sure others do not experience the same challenges.

As a national leader, we combine front line experience with research to ensure the solutions we offer have impact.

To do this, we conduct regular research and evaluation studies and listen carefully to our youth advisory council. Our advocacy at all levels of government pushes forward important agenda items on homelessness, child welfare and sex trafficking.

This relentless dedication has built our reputation as an agency that stays true to its mission.

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“All the kids who live here have had something negative happen to them so it’s hard for them to trust people. When staff don’t judge, they start to build trust again. It creates a bridge.”

Learn how Marissa rebuilt trust

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“I bought a suitthe first suit in my entire life. It’s like I was designed for a job like this. It feels like home.”

Learn about Ethan's transformation

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“I’m grateful Covenant House connected me with the employment program. That is what set me on my path.”

Learn how Darren found peace

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I asked Adam if he wanted to ask me anything to get to know me better. He asked me two questions: at what age I started talking and if there was ever a moment in my life that I stopped talking for a period of time.

Learn how Adam found his voice

Our impact last year

In our last fiscal year, we worked hard to meet the diverse and complex needs of youth. These impacts would not happen without the support of generous and compassionate donors. When we work together, change happens.

youth supported each day.

young people provided with shelter.

survivors of sex trafficking supported.

youth reconnected with families and support networks.

meals served annually.

All numbers above based on Covenant House Toronto administrative data (2018).

Real youth, real challenges, real change

Any young person who comes to Covenant House has at times faced extreme life challenges.

We see how these challenges affect behaviour and show up in relationships. Trauma can take the shape of anger, fear and distrust. It can lead to or worsen mental health and addiction issues. It takes a long time to heal.

The outcomes from our last fiscal year reflect the slow, ongoing building of trust and creation of positive role models. 

4,647 youth visits to our health centre.

77% of youth reported experiencing trusting relationships with at least one staff.

465 youth supported with their mental health concerns

All numbers above based on Covenant House Toronto administrative data (2018).

Leaders in sex trafficking support

Victims of sex trafficking need specialized support. We help them access the health care and housing services they need to recover and heal from intensive trauma. In addition to helping these youth stabilize, we supported 46 per cent of trafficking victims to pursue their schooling and employment goals.

When it comes to sex trafficking, very few victims lay criminal charges. In contrast, Covenant House supported 43 per cent of victims in pursuing or laying legal charges against their traffickers. This is an essential step for these young women to heal and move forward with their lives.

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"When I connected with my advocate on the anti-trafficking team at Covenant House, it was the first time I felt someone understood what I had been through and what I was still dealing with."

Personalized support for brighter futures

Some of the young people we see come only for the essentials: a warm bed, clothing, food. Other youth come to us for a brief moment in their lives, and then quickly move forward on their own. Some youth arrive with longer-term needs, from mental health to disabilities, and look to us for deeper support.

These different needs influence the types of support we provide. Across all of our services, youth shape their own action plans and goals. Here are some of the wins along the way.

of youth in our Cooking For Life program secured employment.

of youth staying in our on-site transitional housing left with a stable source of income.

of youth in shelter created a personalized action plan for their future.

of youth living independently in the community undertook life skills development.

All numbers above based on Covenant House Toronto administrative data (2018).
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