*Tara arrived like many young people do, struggling to make ends meet, and not sure where to turn for help. We welcomed her into our Crisis Program and began to connect her with resources.
She wanted to look for work and we were able to help her get some supportive work shoes from our clothing room. Tara worked hard organizing paperwork and updating her resume.
We prepared healthy meals for Tara, just like we do for all the youth in our care. Because it’s hard to do a good job or look for employment if you’re hungry. When young people have safe spaces to sleep and are well nourished, they are better prepared to tackle their individual challenges.
And we are proud to say that Tara now has a job at a grocery store. So, she’s helping others get the food they need to make healthy meals for their families.
Tara recently said: “I owe so much to Covenant House Vancouver for helping me with so much. Four months ago, I had no self-confidence, and the staff here keep telling me I can do anything. Now I am very confident and feel like there is nothing I can’t do.”
*Tara’s name has been changed for confidentiality but her story is real.