“It was nice to be somewhere where you’re accepted.”

Today was a pretty good day, especially at this time of year, as a youth I first met when I was doing intakes at the Crisis Shelter continued on his journey by moving up to the Rights of Passage program (our long term living program). After hitchhiking from Saskatchewan with a stay in Alberta, the youth ended up in Vancouver and Covenant House at the end of this past summer. Within a week he had obtained employment. While he did end up having a suspension of covenant twice, he still managed to keep his job and do what he needed to do before moving up to the Rights of Passage program. We talked numerous times especially around the fact that he was bored in the shelter and he couldn’t wait to achieve a higher level of independence. During one of our conversations I asked him if he wanted to stay in Vancouver, and he stated yes and also that he really wanted to get into the Rights of Passage program. I asked him why and he stated simply that “it was nice to be somewhere where you’re accepted.”

Poster about acceptance