In 2021, COVID isolation and disruption grew deeper. Lockdowns and school closures made it hard for at-risk youth to escape abusive or chaotic home situations. In rapidly rising numbers, they turned to youth ministries and centres.
Workers noted a steep rise in the incidences of depression and drug use, and in suicide and suicidal ideas and impulses. More youth became homeless and vulnerable to all the risks of life on the street, including sex trafficking.
CBS provided a critical one-time financial boost to help programs avoid closing their doors and gave Bibles and spiritual resources that the leaders identified as vital to their work.
Thank you for making this intervention possible.
Where did your support find youth at risk?
- Youth homeless shelters
- Centres serving those victimized by sex trafficking
- An addiction recovery centre
- Outreach ministries to Indigenous youth
- A camp for Indigenous youth
- A maternity house
- A pregnancy centre
- Three churches with specialized youth outreach
- Local youth organizations (Youth for Christ, Youth Unlimited)
~ Director of a youth program