A musical reunion

I recently got back from my summer holidays and while I was off I had the absolute thrill of running into an old client of Covenant House; he has been independent for about 5 years and he was someone for whom I always had a special place in my heart. 

His story wasn’t unlike a lot of our youth; his parents were divorced, his mother had a drinking problem and there was a lot of turmoil in his young life. He ran away from home and found himself at Covenant House where he first accessed our Crisis Shelter, then moved on to our semi-independent program, Rights of Passage (ROP). We worked together a lot for various communications projects here at Covenant House as he was always so eager to “give back” to us, as many of our young people are. There is no shortage of gratitude at Covenant House and there is no better way to start and end one’s work day than to feel grateful for working for an organization that touches young lives so incredibly.

Anyway, on one of the first days of my vacation, I was at The Lion King with my daughter (a very special treat for her 13th birthday) and when we were leaving, we got on the elevator and in walked this young man. We recognized each other instantly and there was a brief moment where I thought “do I mention Covenant House?”. I didn’t. I just asked him how he was and he said that he was great. He introduced to me his lovely wife and told me he was on paternity leave as they had just had a baby. Even recalling it now, I well up – the pride I felt in seeing him “all grown up” and obviously very happy was amazing.

I recently got back from my summer holidays and while I was off I had the absolute thrill of running into an old client of Covenant House; he has been independent for about 5 years and he was someone for whom I always had a special place in my heart. 

His story wasn’t unlike a lot of our youth; his parents were divorced, his mother had a drinking problem and there was a lot of turmoil in his young life. He ran away from home and found himself at Covenant House where he first accessed our Crisis Shelter, then moved on to our semi-independent program, Rights of Passage (ROP). We worked together a lot for various communications projects here at Covenant House as he was always so eager to “give back” to us, as many of our young people are. There is no shortage of gratitude at Covenant House and there is no better way to start and end one’s work day than to feel grateful for working for an organization that touches young lives so incredibly.

Anyway, on one of the first days of my vacation, I was at The Lion King with my daughter (a very special treat for her 13th birthday) and when we were leaving, we got on the elevator and in walked this young man. We recognized each other instantly and there was a brief moment where I thought “do I mention Covenant House?”. I didn’t. I just asked him how he was and he said that he was great. He introduced to me his lovely wife and told me he was on paternity leave as they had just had a baby. Even recalling it now, I well up – the pride I felt in seeing him “all grown up” and obviously very happy was amazing.

On the way home, my daughter asked me who that was and I told her – she remembered me talking about this young man over the years and she sat for a moment then said “wow he must be doing really well if he’s at The Lion King”. But what struck me was that he had love in his life, a baby, a wife – a family. I’ll think of him from now on whenever I hear “Can you feel the love tonight?”