"The extreme cold weather this winter has been a shock to everyone," said Gerry Haggarty, President of Summitt Energy. "We are happy to support Covenant House in their efforts to keep Toronto youth warm and off of the streets."
It is estimated that there are at least 10,000 homeless youth in Toronto during any given year and as many as 2,000 on a given night. With the cold, bitter temperatures that hit our city during the winter months it is no surprise that Covenant House's 94 bed crisis-shelter runs at capacity nightly. Covenant House provides a welcoming environment so kids can take their first steps towards a safe and independent future. More than a place to stay, Covenant House provides 24/7 crisis shelter and transitional housing on-site and in the community along with comprehensive services, including education, counselling, health care, employment assistance, job training and aftercare.
"We are most grateful for Summitt Energy's help, especially since we've been having such cold weather and as many as 122 youth to care for every night," says Christine Foisy-Monk, Covenant House Associate Director of Development. "The help of companies like Summitt Energy enables us to ensure we can provide a safe, warm place for homeless kids."
Summitt Energy feels privileged to have been able to lend a hand to Covenant House during this cold winter season. This donation is part of the ongoing relationship between Summitt Energy and Covenant House.
About Covenant House (www.CovenantHouseToronto.ca): As Canada's largest homeless youth agency, Covenant House Toronto changes lives by providing the widest range of services and support under one roof, including a 24/7 crisis shelter and a longer-term residential program, education, counselling, health care, employment assistance and job training. To do all this, the agency relies on donors for 80 percent of its $21.8-million annual operating budget. On average, Covenant House serves some 3,000 young people annually.
About Summitt Energy (www.summitt.ca): Established in 2006, Summitt Energy is a leading retail energy marketer that provides natural gas and electricity services to homes and businesses across Canada. Summitt Energy specializes in electric and natural gas price protection programs to homes and commercial/industrial customers, furnace & air conditioner rentals, green energy initiatives, water filter systems, and hot-water rental & maintenance programs.
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For further information: Rose Cino, Communications Manager, Covenant House Toronto, (416) 204-7081,firstname.lastname@example.org; Lindsey Trypuc, Director, Sales & Marketing, Summitt Energy Inc., (905) 366-7034, email@example.com