DCR Strategies Lends A Hand At Covenant House Toronto
Covenant House Toronto, Canada’s largest shelter for at-risk, homeless, and trafficked youth, has provided opportunity and hope to more than 90,000 young people since it opened its doors in 1982. The agency not only provides a place to stay, but also serves youth through a 24/7 crisis shelter, transitional housing on-site and in the community, and offers comprehensive services such as education, counselling, health care, employment assistance, job training, and aftercare. Every day, the Toronto location helps as many as 250 youths, aged 16 to 24, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or the circumstances that have brought them to their doors.
Over the holiday season, six members of DCR Strategies spent a day working alongside staff at Covenant House. Following a guided tour of the living quarters, communal area, active areas (which includes a full gym), and donation rooms, the team helped serve lunch to the youths and meet with on-site staff. It was an emotional, eye-opening experience that left everyone in attendance with an unforgettable memory.
“From the minute I had my first contact with the charity, I knew it was something that was going to help change many lives within the Toronto community,” James Stevenson, Marketing Coordinator, said. “Being given the opportunity to deliver a service to youths was an amazing experience and something I won’t forget for a very long time. The situations that many of the youths encounter on a daily basis is something that someone should never face. This is a charity I personally will be supporting moving forward, from donating clothes/food or giving up free time to interact on a personal level.”
“Volunteering with my colleagues at Covenant House will forever be a memorable experience,” Summer Siddiqui, Executive Assistant to the CEO, exclaimed. ”The teens and young adults at the Covenant House struggle for the basic necessities of life and if it was not for the charity aiding them through these hardships, where would they be? This amazing charity goes above and beyond with providing food, clothing, education, health clinics, and all different kinds of programs to help teens and young adults in need.”
More than 80 percent of Covenant House’s $27 million annual operating budget comes from donations. Your support goes directly to providing safe shelter, food, counselling, and opportunity for homeless kids. Click here to donate today.
Another initiative that DCR Strategies helped collaborate on over the holidays was “Operation Christmas Child”, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, that gifts shoeboxes filled with fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies to children in need around the world.