Veahavta Street Academy

A Holocaust Survivor's Message to Homeless Teens: A Better Life is Possible

Avrum Rosensweig | Posted 10.25.2012 | Canada
Avrum Rosensweig

I am sitting in the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre in Toronto, with Ve'ahavta Street Academy (VSA) students. VSA is a school for the homeless and near homeless. As a Holocaust survivor begins to relay her tale of struggle, I wonder, what are the addicts and former addicts thinking when the presentation is summed up with, "This isn't a very happy story"? But they are alike: They have all survived one more day.

Ron Maclean's Secret Life as a Mentor to the Homeless

Avrum Rosensweig | Posted 06.14.2012 | Canada
Avrum Rosensweig

Ron Maclean of Hockey Night in Canada, stood in a classroom told the story of Frank O'Dea, the co-founder of Second Cup, who was at one time a homeless panhandler living on the streets of Toronto. Ten students listened carefully to the account and watched as Maclean simultaneously jotted a phone number on the blackboard. "Frank got off the street," the hockey commentator said, "because he had mentors who helped him. "This is my home phone number."