Just from doing some laundry…

The other evening during dinner, I was called to the front desk to attend to one of the youth who had just been admitted. She had loads and loads of clothes with her so I had her help me bring them to the laundry room.  She offered to sort through her stuff with me since there was so much. While going through her clothing, we wound up having such an amazing chat in the 15 minutes it took to sort through everything.

She talked about her struggles with her addiction to crack, her journey of exiting the sex trade and about her family conflict with her partner’s grandmother. She also shared the struggles she was having with her very sick mother who is in hospital with a terminal illness, a topic that was very difficult for her to share. Although she appeared on the outside to have a tough exterior and hard shell, over time and with patience she will begin to build relationships with the Youth Workers at Covenant House.

It is through those relationships that the process of trusting is formed. It’s pretty amazing to think about the strong connection I have built with this young person, just from doing some laundry with her.

The other evening during dinner, I was called to the front desk to attend to one of the youth who had just been admitted. She had loads and loads of clothes with her so I had her help me bring them to the laundry room.  She offered to sort through her stuff with me since there was so much. While going through her clothing, we wound up having such an amazing chat in the 15 minutes it took to sort through everything.

She talked about her struggles with her addiction to crack, her journey of exiting the sex trade and about her family conflict with her partner’s grandmother. She also shared the struggles she was having with her very sick mother who is in hospital with a terminal illness, a topic that was very difficult for her to share. Although she appeared on the outside to have a tough exterior and hard shell, over time and with patience she will begin to build relationships with the Youth Workers at Covenant House.

It is through those relationships that the process of trusting is formed. It’s pretty amazing to think about the strong connection I have built with this young person, just from doing some laundry with her.