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Elizabeth* was a refugee who came to Covenant House Vancouver seeking support. Back in her home country, Elizabeth was a nurse, but her credentials were not transferable to Canada. During her intake, she expressed an interest in working in the construction industry.

Elizabeth suffered from a medical condition that was triggered by stress. She also suffered from low self-esteem. However, Elizabeth worked very hard. She was ambitious and always positive. It was a joy to watch her grow during her stay at CHV. We connected her to medical professionals, who provided her with medication to help with her condition. We also connected her to other resources that helped her during her job search.

With perseverance, Elizabeth found the construction job that she was looking for. She expressed her love for working outdoors. With help and guidance, Elizabeth was able to save money and plan out her next move. One day an exuberant Elizabeth told me that she had found a place to live.

Before she left, Elizabeth expressed how much Covenant House Vancouver helped her and enabled her to have her dream of living in Canada come true. She was now a confident young woman who believed that she could do anything. As a farewell gift, Elizabeth created a rainbow painting for the youth workers with a note attached that said, “One day I hope to take you all out for tacos, to say thank you!” 

*Name changed to protect youth’s privacy