Working Towards a Hope-Filled Future

Over the last year, Covenant House Vancouver has seen a huge influx in newcomers and refugees to Canada. Many fleeing their home countries because of war or threats to their personal well-being. Many have left their friends, families, and belongings behind, but what most youth bring with them is trauma.

Riley is one such youth. Riley left their home country and sought sanctuary at Covenant House Vancouver. They struggled with their mental health as a result of challenges back home. Despite these challenges, Riley wished to go to university.

In the Crisis Program, Riley worked with social workers and counsellors to help them develop the ability to manage their stress, how to be independent, how to communicate their needs effectively, and how to respect the people around them. Riley also participated in 2SLGBTQAI+ activities.

With the help of their youth worker, Riley was able to apply to university, and through Covenant House, received a scholarship to help cover the application and tuition.

Riley has been working hard at establishing a routine so that they meet all of their goals that they have set, along with daily tasks such as doing their chores and taking time for self-care. Riley has also worked very hard to develop the emotional and cognitive abilities to safeguard their mental health.

Riley began university in January. They are currently studying social sciences, but will be transferring to biochemistry, in the future.

Although Riley’s story is unique, it echoes the challenges that many vulnerable youth face, before arriving at Covenant House. Covenant House’s holistic approach helps youth work through their trauma and find their gifts, as they work towards their dreams. We couldn’t do the work that we do without the amazing support of individuals and organizations that we work with in the community, and without the support of our amazing donors.