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Another student from Immaculate Conception School shares what they learned after visiting CHV

In June Immaculate Conception School students came in for a visit and tour of our Gift-in-Kind area after fundraising for us.  They then had an opportunity to listen to Sister Nancy Brown speak so they could learn more about what we do and ask any questions they had about homeless youth.

After the visit the students sent us a book filled with their personal reflections. Here is one student’s thoughts on what she learned:

letter from student about what they learned at chv field trip

10,000 Dreams – Improving the lives of the homeless in our community

10,000 Dreams aims to improve the lives of the homeless in our communities – one dream at a time. Quilts Etc. and QE Home is a major sponsor of the 10,000 Dreams Project again this year. Through the efforts of their stores across Canada they will be donating 10,000 pillows to select community organizations that assist the homeless.

The Kerrisdale Village store has chosen Covenant House Vancouver and Union Gospel Mission as their charities of choice. You can support this wonderful campaign and Covenant House Vancouver by purchasing a dream bracelet at the Kerrisdale Village Quilt’s Etc. located at 2142 West 41st Ave.

Bracelets are only $2 and sales are on now until mid-October. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to each store’s selected community partners.

To learn more click here.

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Barry receives the support he needs from his Covenant House family

Barry came to us in dire need of support. Barry had stayed with us in the Shelter recently, and was successful in completing his plan of finding employment and a place of his own. It wasn’t long before he was happily on his way. Unfortunately, the place Barry moved into was crawling with bedbugs. It was so bad that he had resorted to sleeping in his bathtub because he was being eaten alive by the night time critters. 

We have taken Barry back into the Shelter while his place is being fumigated. Thankfully, we have a bed bug protocol that helps prevent the bed bug incidents from happening in our Shelter. We have taken his belongings and disinfected them through a process of many industrial washes. His body is healing from his bites and we have gotten him everything that he needs from the clinic to treat the bites…poor guy. 

We are not sending Barry back to his place until it has been fully treated by the professionals. It’s kind of cool that we are able to support youth that have already gained their independence by being here as a place of respite in their time of need. It’s important that our youth know that we are always here for them, because to a lot of the youth, we are the only “family” they have. I’m so glad that we are here.

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Two fun & easy ways to volunteer this fall!

1. Thank-a-Thon’s

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 aemes@covenanthousebc.org.

If you can give us a couple hours of your time, we can guarantee you a positive, uplifting experience!

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