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Jack's Journey

Jack grew up in the foster care system. When he was a baby, his mother gave him up for adoption because his parents weren’t able to care for him. Fortunately, he was taken in by a lovely family and he lived with them until he was 14. Jack felt that as his foster mom was getting older, and struggling with medical issues and dealing with other family problems, that he did not want to be a burden to her and asked to be moved to another foster home.

From this point, Jack went on a downhill slide and bounced from home to home, and school to school.  When Jack turned 19, he was no longer in the care of the government and became homeless. Jack was able to live with a family friend for about 6 months before coming to Rights of Passage (ROP). 

Jack said that he was lucky to find a place like ROP to live, that he didn’t know where he was going to live (the family friend gave him a notice that he needed to move out). Jack said he realized that he needed structure, life skills and good routines and someone to keep him focused on his goals and to hold him accountable. 

Jack has always been appreciative and thankful for the opportunity to be in the ROP program.  He is now looking into a career as a Police Officer and is currently taking his security guard training, and is looking into the Criminology Program at a local college.

We wish Jack all the best as he continues his journey!
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"Thank you so much" email sent from youth

I just wanted to share with you an email we recently received from a youth who was with us last year:

"I used to stay at the Covenant House on Pender St and then later had meals at the location on Drake St. I’d just like to say thanks so much for everything that the organization and the staff have done for me. You gave me a safe place to stay and gave me some direction and hope. I really felt like I’d better email or something, because I’m doing well. I’m back on my feet again, I have a job and a place to stay in Nova Scotia now. I hope that this message will reach the staff that knew me. Hope everything is going well over there, I just can’t thank you enough; I very much wish that I was in a position to make a donation but that’ll have to come at another time."

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Our Thank-a-Thon program is starting up again for October and we need your help!

Thank-a-Thon's are fun-filled evenings where volunteers get together and call our donors just to say “thank-you”. Because we are primarily privately funded, it is important for us to be able to reach our donors and thank them personally for the difference they make in our young peoples’ lives.

Starting October 21, volunteers will meet at Covenant House every Monday and Tuesday from 5:30pm-7:30pm. You can sign up to volunteer for one Thank-a-Thon or as many as you like!

If you would like to volunteer for our Thank-a-Thon program please call Amanda at 604-639-8920 or email Thank-a-Thons are also ideal for families and school, church and corporate group who would like to volunteer together.

If you can give us a couple hours of your time, we can guarantee you a positive, uplifting experience!

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"I felt very privileged to have this conversation with Amber."

I have been working with a young woman named Amber who disclosed to me that someone in her family had been in a very serious car accident, and that it was triggering her to want to drink alcohol, which was a way she coped with stress in the past. 

Amber and I sat in a private space and explored the different feelings she was experiencing in regards to the accident.  I listened carefully and acknowledged her feelings, making sure Amber knew it was natural to have these feelings and thoughts. Amber spoke about part of her wanting to go have some drinks. At times we sat in silence together, as Amber appeared to be processing a great deal.

Focusing on her strengths, I spoke with Amber about all the fantastic qualities that she has that would help her choose how to react to the incident in a way that promotes her well-being.

Amber used her problem solving skills to identify that drinking alcohol was a quick fix that would feel good for a while, but that it would not change what happened, and that drinking would probably make her feel worse later. Instead, Amber decided that she would spend some time alone acknowledging her feelings towards the incident in her room, and then later go catch up with a good friend. Amber identified that leaning on her support network was a great way to cope with a very difficult time.

I praised Amber for taking control of her reactions and behaviours. I kept an eye on her for the rest of the night in order to provide support if needed. I also notified the team leader, so that all staff would be able to support Amber emotionally over the coming days.

I felt very privileged to be able to have this conversation with Amber. My main role was to support her to use her problem solving skills, and support her to feel more empowered in her ability to choose how to react. Given the severity of the situation and her drinking history, Amber did an amazing job!

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