The heartbreak of homelessness is real.
I realized I had been“homeless”. If you are curious to know the definition homelessness .
The one constant thread that runs through all homeless and at-risk youth is that they have experienced childhood trauma. This trauma is compounded.
The more trauma the more damage done. We may have opinions about the cause. We may play the social and family blame game, which may make us feel righteous and smart, but it doesn’t heal or help the situation at all. This Ted talk by gives stunning insight into childhood trauma and the health and social impact of that trauma. This is a hurt ultimately experienced by the collective whether we are individually conscious of it or not.
These traumas happened in the tender formative years of childhood. When innocence is the essence of being and it was by no fault of their own.
How Covenant House does it:
Covenant House is 95% privately funded. This allows them to offer consistent programming without having to adjust to political whims and changes. This freedom of consistency is a powerful and vital part of their work.
Most of us live plentiful lives, we have shelter, we have food, we have family/community, we have enough. I believe that until we all have these things, until we all have enough, then none of us are whole. We suffer as a collective and we heal the same way. Covenant House gives me hope. This is why I support them! By donating and helping to raise awareness and compassion for the important work done by the loving team at Covenant House. They do the work of creating safe space for young humans to find themselves and discover their inherent worth and value.