Why we do what we do

My day started meeting up with one of the youth who was previously staying here and he was at the front reception with a friend of his and he said that he wanted his friend to come by and see the place and the people that had changed his life.

So we went on talking and I explained that we provide the bare necessities like food, shelter, clothing, counselling but it’s up to you to make the choices that you make and the road that you want to walk. And he said, that’s true, that’s true. But he said he couldn’t have done it without Covenant House and the staff that’s here, which was, which really is nice to hear.

He also said he had an epiphany because the night prior he was walking and saw a homeless person outside of a 7-11 down by where he lived and he said he got to talking with the homeless person and found out that the guy was 26 years old and trying to stay clean and was waiting to get a detox bed and that he was really hungry. And what this youth did, that we know, went and went back to his house and grabbed all of the canned goods that he had in his cupboards and all of the food that he could, basically, and went back down to the 7-11 and gave this homeless person, or this homeless male his food.

And at that time, and now he’s saying, "I’ve had such a great feeling from doing that! It was the best feeling ever and now I understand why you guys do this kind of work. It’s, it made me feel great," he said. And so he, this is a youth that I would say has a huge heart and has come over great obstacles and really, really is turning into an amazing human being.


My day started meeting up with one of the youth who was previously staying here and he was at the front reception with a friend of his and he said that he wanted his friend to come by and see the place and the people that had changed his life.

So we went on talking and I explained that we provide the bare necessities like food, shelter, clothing, counselling but it’s up to you to make the choices that you make and the road that you want to walk. And he said, that’s true, that’s true. But he said he couldn’t have done it without Covenant House and the staff that’s here, which was, which really is nice to hear.

He also said he had an epiphany because the night prior he was walking and saw a homeless person outside of a 7-11 down by where he lived and he said he got to talking with the homeless person and found out that the guy was 26 years old and trying to stay clean and was waiting to get a detox bed and that he was really hungry. And what this youth did, that we know, went and went back to his house and grabbed all of the canned goods that he had in his cupboards and all of the food that he could, basically, and went back down to the 7-11 and gave this homeless person, or this homeless male his food.

And at that time, and now he’s saying, "I’ve had such a great feeling from doing that! It was the best feeling ever and now I understand why you guys do this kind of work. It’s, it made me feel great," he said. And so he, this is a youth that I would say has a huge heart and has come over great obstacles and really, really is turning into an amazing human being.

It’s really great to know that kids like that come to our door and really, really seem to take in what we’re trying to teach here and learn from their own experiences and, and come back to thank the people that are involved. But also I think that he’s really proud of himself and shows great self esteem and is holding a full-time job and has his own place and anyways, that was my story of the day to just really, really pass on the great experience that I experienced this morning and to let you guys all experience it as well.

This is the season for heart-warming stories.  What are some of your best heart warmers?