On October 4th, Covenant House Vancouver participated in the Ride for Refuge, a non-competitive bicycling fundraiser. Our team the Covenant House Cruisers trained hard and had a great ride with riders completing 25k and 50k races. We reached our team goal and raised over $6000.00 for Covenant House Vancouver!
Thanks to all the riders, supporters and donors for making the Ride for Refuge a huge success.
I had a really great connection with a youth when I was working as a youth worker in the Shelter. Months later that same youth moved to our Rights of Passage (ROP) program where I was now working as a residential advisor. We used to have conversations about the future and how life could be better. Those are hard questions for anyone, even if they have a more “normal” life.
I tried to be supportive of his world views and what he hoped to achieve. Our conversation got more into detail of the “what if” questions. I struggled between encouraging dreaming and “what if’s” and having a more action orientated approach. There were a few more conversations like this between us before Carlos moved out of Rights of Passage. Now my realization after the fact is this: Carlos was indeed paying attention to what he was dreaming about. In his mind these dreams were becoming a possibility for him. He was waiting for the time to make it happen.
I took time off from working at Covenant House and I was not in touch with any staff or anyone connected to this agency for a long while. When I returned as a casual worker I had taken an evening shift. I was in a staff meeting when I receive a page from front desk saying “Rafael to the front, there is a person that wants to talk to you”.
I quickly came to see what was going on. As soon as I got to the front desk I heard my name. It was Carlos who now lives in northern BC. He has a wife and 2 kids of his own. He said this: “I have been trying to make time and come here to talk to you. I want to tell you that what we talked about happened for me.” Carlos showed me his car key and said that he has his own house. It was a great moment for me and that I happen to be working that day. I came back a few hours later and staff told me that the same person made a surprise donation to Covenant House. I must say that the impression of that day resonates with my beliefs on caring for others. It is such a great pleasure to see changes in human beings.
Finally, I think that a person in the moment might struggle to meet his needs but in the end if a person persists, he will achieve his goals.
Thank you for letting me share this story. - Rafael, Youth Worker
Thank-a-Thon's are fun-filled evenings where volunteers get together and call our donors just to say “thank-you”. Because we are primarily privately funded, it is important for us to be able to reach our donors and thank them personally for the difference they make in our young peoples’ lives.
Starting Monday October 20, volunteers will meet at Covenant House every Monday and Tuesday from 5:00pm-7:30pm. You can sign up to volunteer for one Thank-a-Thon or as many as you like!
2. Backpack Elves
Help us spread Christmas cheer to our young people by helping us with our Christmas Backpack Program. We need volunteers to help us sort and organize our backpack items as well as help us pack and decorate the backpacks. If you love Christmas and want to help put a smile on a young person’s faces this is the volunteer position for you.
Both of these volunteer opportunities are ideal for families, school, church and corporate groups who would like to volunteer together. If you would like to volunteer or learn more about either of these volunteer opportunities please call Amanda Emes at 604-639-8920 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homelessness Action Week is an annual event focused on bringing public awareness and understanding to the issue of homelessness in the Greater Vancouver region.
Homelessness Action Week is an opportunity to get involved in homelessness action in your community by attending events, and spreading the word about homelessness action through education, advocacy, and social media activity.