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Join us for the “Ride for Refuge” in support of Covenant House

On October 4th, Covenant House Vancouver is participating in the Ride for Refuge, a non-competitive bicycling fundraiser. Covenant House is one of over 180 participating charities focused on helping the displaced, vulnerable and exploited.  The Vancouver ride is located in Richmond (no hills!), but there are a number of ride locations to choose from.

If you’d like to fundraise and ride for Covenant House (as a team captain or team member) please visit the Ride for Refuge website.  Don’t forget to choose Covenant House Vancouver as your charity of choice when setting up your team! More information is also available in a brochure here.

For more information on Covenant House or if you have questions, please contact:

Mark Savard
Development Officer – Community Giving
Covenant House Vancouver
604-639-8922 (direct)

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Thank you UMC Charity for donating $2000 towards our Continuum of Care!

Thank you to UMC Charity (uniPHARM and Medicine Centre Pharmacies Charitable Foundation) for the generous donation of $2,000 towards our Continuum of Care. Our carefully designed Continuum of Care includes Street Outreach, a daily Drop-In, 54 bed Crisis Shelter, transitional housing, mental health counseling and life skills training. By supporting our Continuum of Care, you make it possible for us to attend to youth in crisis and help us help homeless youth build brighter futures.
Thank you UMC Charity – for your contribution to healthier communities!

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Need something fun to do this weekend?

There is going to be a great show at the Railway Club on Sunday in support of Covenant House Vancouver.

Go check it out

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Youth worker brings a special young man a tiny slice of home

One of the young people I work with is an amazing young man from Africa called David. I really enjoy chatting with him, getting to know him and learning about his culture.

One night we were talking about spirituality and passion. He said his spirituality lies in his African music. He showed me some You Tube clips of his favorite singer from back home. That weekend I sourced the music by this artist and put it on my iPod.

The following week we had our Community Dinner for the month. At this event the staff and youth of the Rights of Passage Program gather together to prepare, cook and eat a meal together. We then clean up as a team.

As we were cleaning up I set up my mini speakers and iPod and began to play the music I had found. David was on the other side of the room. He heard it and spun around to face me with a huge smile on his face. He said, “Is that my music? You got my music?” He started to groove and even taught me a few dance moves from his culture.

You can try to imagine being in a new place, a new country, and being away from everything that was familiar, comforting and safe. In this scenario I wanted to bring this very special young man a tiny slice of home.

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