It’s the little things that count the most…

David came to the Crisis Program from a different province. He faced many barriers in society and was new to Vancouver, battling addiction issues and suffered an undiagnosed developmental issue.

David had stayed with us twice before in our Crisis Program. As I did his intake I spoke with David about where he had been living since his last stay with us and he spoke about sleeping on the streets and at various shelters in the city. After completing intake David had a break and had a meal. During this time I took some clean clothes, socks and other items folded them and placed them on David’s bed.

About 30 minutes later David entered the office to speak with staff, David stated “who folded my clothes for me man, were you the chick that did that? Nobody has ever done that for me before.” David said this with a huge smile on his face.

This type of reaction from the youth at Covenant House shows us how much small caring gestures can mean to our youth and can make them realize that they are loved and cared for. It’s often the little things we do that mean so much to our youth. 

No act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted. - Aesop