Every day Azius leaves Covenant House and goes to work as a security guard in a complex that takes care of the elderly.
“I love older people, I feel like sometimes they get forgotten. And I know what it’s like to feel forgotten. So I treat all the people there with respect and compassion, just like I want to be treated.”
Azius’ dad passed away when Azius was two years old. “I remember my mom always working when she could, but she suffered from mental illness. I guess I pretty much just raised myself,” he says.
“It has not been easy,” he says. “I suffered from depression for seven years. I was in a really dark place.”
On his first day at Covenant House, Azius didn’t know what to expect. “I was a nervous wreck,” he recalls. “I didn’t know anyone. I came in and sat in a corner with a dark hood pulled over my head.“
Surrounded by love and with help from our counselors and mental health team, he is doing better today. “I love my job, that means so much,” he says. “And Covenant House supported me and helped me graduate from high school. I’m repairing relationships from the past. Every day is a challenge but I see light now."
“I’m so grateful to Covenant House. It is a great place to be if you need help, a great support system. Covenant House is helping me to make sure I get my life back.”