Hannah was ready to make some changes in her life

Since becoming a full time youth worker at Covenant House, I have been working with Hannah on and off. Hannah was a youth that often seemed to find our Crisis Program structure and expectations to be quite frustrating.  As we got to know each other better, I found it easier to communicate with Hannah. As with many youth, humor was a great way to address her when she was frustrated or angry.  Hannah tended to get particularly frustrated during conversations related to her goals for her stay and reviewing the principles here at Covenant House.

On a more recent stay of Hannah’s, I can recall meeting with her to review the daily structure and expectations for her time in our Crisis Program which is something that we do with all of our youth at the beginning of their stay. Historically, this conversation had been a struggle for Hannah to sit through. This time however, the conversation went in a new direction. Hannah spoke excitedly about the principles with me and asked lots of questions. Hannah then began to explain to me that she was ready to make some changes in her life and was sick of doing things the same way she had in past. Her face lit up as she explained his to me. I had never before heard her speak so passionately.

The process of change is a long one, and one that is not easy. I can’t say what the future holds for Hannah or how long it will take her to meet the goals that she spoke of. That being said, to hear Hannah look to the future and speak of change was something to celebrate in and of itself. I am excited to continue to support her and see what the future holds. 

5 Core principles at Covenant House