Rights of Passage provides the structure and space for youth to find their own identity and hope for a future.
Today, CIBC announced a donation of
"I'm a changed person," said Stephen. "Covenant House can make you feel renewed. If it wasn't for Covenant House, I wouldn't have a future, certainly not a full-time job and the chance to finish my education.
"When I got to Covenant House, I needed to get stabilized. Once I did, I went job hunting and landed a job, where I got promoted to a supervisory role, and plan to stay until I go back to university.
"Today, I'm at the tail end of the Rights of Passage program. I'll be moving out in February after just over a year here. I've saved money and got my debts under control, and I'm seeing a youth counselor. Once I've paid off my debts, I want to reapply for university to get my degree, likely in Philosophy.
"Rights of Passage shouldn't be missed. It's set up so that there's stability and support all the time. They are always there for you. I realize now that I have skills that I didn't know I had. I'm a stabilized and settled person, thanks to Rights of Passage. It really made a difference in my life."
Up to 28 young people, aged 18 to 24, who are working or continuing their education and working part time, can have a room of their own at Covenant House for up to 15 months. Youth who qualify for this program learn life skills like household chores and banking and they save money to prepare themselves to be on their own.
"We are most grateful for the generous, ongoing support of CIBC to our longer-term residence," says Ruth daCosta, Covenant House Executive Director. "Over the past five years, CIBC has played a critical role in helping more young people to successfully move to independence through this program."
About Covenant House
As Canada's largest youth shelter, Covenant House opens doors of opportunity and hope to 4,000 homeless youth annually. More than just a place to stay, we provide 24/7 crisis care and have the widest range of services under one roof, including education, counselling, health care and employment assistance.
CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to our clients, our employees and our communities. We aim to make a difference in communities through corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of employees. With a strategic focus on youth, education and health, and employee commitment to causes including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, the CIBC Children's Foundation and United Way, we are investing in the social and economic development of communities across the country. In 2009, almost