“Nothing can stop him now!”

I love working at front desk at Covenant House Vancouver. I get to see some very inspiring things. I was working at our Drake Street reception one day about 3 and a half months ago when a young man entered, he looked exhausted, yet relieved he had found Covenant House. He said “My name is Tom I am here for intake” I informed him that he was at the wrong building because we have recently changed from co-ed to single sex shelters and the male shelter is located in our Pender Street building.

This youth looked very tired and was a little frustrated because he was new to the city and had no idea there was 2 Covenant House locations. This youth looked so flustered and explained he doesn’t know the city and literally just got of the greyhound after a 3 day bus ride. Tom was so exhausted and scared and he was late for his intake. I gave him some water and food and told him to relax and take a seat for a few minutes.

While Tom was sitting I called over to the male shelter and explained the situation. They agreed they would push his intake a little later and hold his spot. I also printed out a map and gave it to Tom because new surroundings are never easy. Off Tom went to our other building.

A week or two went by and I often found myself wondering how it had worked out for this youth. Working at the Drake building I was not around Pender to see how he was doing. I recently applied for a new position at Pender and moved over to that location. My first day at the Pender location, who walked through the door but Tom.

Tom was happy to see me and thanked me for making sure he arrived to the shelter safely and had been staying in our Crisis Program ever since. He was looking into school and had secured a job at a fast food restaurant. He told me he doesn’t want to work in fast food for long but will do anything to support himself and is still applying for other jobs as well as applying for our Rights of Passage (ROP) program.

This young man has now been with is for around 3 months. He moved onto a construction job, and now as of today is a hired electrician apprentice. He is in his first week at ROP and doing well. This young man has so much strength and dedication. After 3 short months he is making goals and conquering them left right and center. I am so fortunate to be able to watch this youth grow and know that nothing can stop him now! Thanks so much to all the people who have been there so far on his journey. Amazing to see the dedication and drive Tom has.

Sarah Clifford
Front Desk Worker – Pender Building