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Kwantlen Park Secondary School Sleeps Out for Homeless Youth

Kwantlen Park Secondary School in Surrey, BC joined the student Sleep Out movement this fall. Leading up to their night of solidarity, they learned about social issues surrounding youth homelessness and the various supports for homeless youth in their community. They raised awareness about youth homelessness and fundraised to support their peers at Covenant House Vancouver.

“There are people our age who jump from place to place every night, not knowing what tomorrow will bring. I want to do my best to help and make a difference in those people's lives.”

On October 29th, Mr. Mackenzie and his students spent one night sleeping out, so homeless youth wouldn’t have to.

“My head was spinning and my body was really sore throughout the day. For me to think that people have to do this everyday of their lives makes me really upset and mad. …..From this class I've learned so many things about the homeless and I'm willing to make a change. …As I walked away I felt this ecstatic feeling in my stomach and smiled. I felt happy that I could help and try to make someone's day worth living for.”

Mr. Mackenzie’s class raised enough funds to provide four youth with love and support in the Covenant House Vancouver Crisis Shelter program. This program is much more than a safe place to sleep and hot meal. It offers youth with supports to help them change their lives and achieve a brighter future.

“When I went to sleep that night it was raining so bad and the entire time I thought: What are my peers going through right now? … When I think about homeless youth on the streets, I realize they don't have a home or a place where they feel protected. That was when I realized what Covenant House means to them.”

We would like to extend our warmest thanks to Mr. Mackenzie and his students who participated in an experience that they will carry with them for a lifetime. They are the future. They care. They make good things happen.

“A lot of people in this world look at homeless people as if they are a different creature on this planet, and they are not. We are all the same. We're all human.”

If you would like to acknowledge these students for their incredible efforts and enormous hearts, please feel free to comment on this post! You are also invited to make a donation to support their efforts on their Sleep Out: Student Edition fundraising page here

Kwantlen Park Secondary School student sleepers
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We Need Your Help to Fill our Christmas Backpacks

This holiday season, 275 homeless youth ages 16-24 will receive backpacks full of gifts at our Annual Youth Christmas Party. Please help us give them the Christmas they deserve!

Top Needed Items for Christmas Backpacks (new only please):

Most Needed Items: We have We Need
Men's Boxers 196 284
Backpacks 5 270
Umbrellas 8 267
Nail Clippers 10 265
Gloves 62 265
Women's Razors 65 165
Men's Face Wash (300 ml) 0 160
Face Cloth 4 156
Lip Balm 121 154
Hair Gel (300 ml) 7 153
Men's Body Wash (300 ml) 19 141
Women's 2 in 1 Shampoo/Conditioner 3 112
Hair Elastics (full pack) 4 111
Women's Shaving Cream 10 105
Men's Deodorant 55 105
Women's Toques 11 104
Loofa 12 103
Women's Body Wash (300 ml) 15 100
Women's Hoodies 45 70
Women's Face Wash 55 60

For more information and a complete list of what we need for our Christmas backpack program click here.

Questions or for more information please contact:
Amy Cotton 604-639-8937 
acotton@covenanthousebc.org

image of our Christmas Backpacks

Hidden Beauty - youth artwork with a statement from artist

"They say that Tigers are one of the most beautiful animals on Earth; the way it's fur stays rich with color and way that it hunts, and uses it's skills to survive.  Yet in the same breath, they say that Tigers are one of the most dangerous animals; their fierce roar, sharp claws and a jaw that can break your bones.  Even though the Tiger has it's negative and scary characteristics, we still call it beautiful...Because it is how we see the Tiger.  Just like life, if you view it in such a negative way, where you are afraid, and unsure then you won't see it as beautiful, but instead fearful and confusing.  The painting made in water color and ink is to represent the way that we look at life.  That even the scariest things can also be the most beautiful.  That is why the eyes of the Tiger are hidden by the flowers, because to many people flowers represent peace and serenity.  The Tiger represents us (the ones that people fear or think negatively about), homeless youth.  But just like the Tiger, we are beautiful, talented, skilled and resilient, because we wake up every morning on the hunt to find our path in this world." - Rae-Anne

Rae-Anne's artwork Hidden Beauty

 

You’re invited to go ‘Casual for Covenant House’ on Monday December 1st!

Casual Day is held in support of our ‘Give a Day Build a Life’ Campaign.  Our goal is to cover all the costs involved with running Covenant House’s transitional living program – the Rights of Passage – for the entire month of December.
 
Suggested sticker price: $5 for businesses/offices; $3 for schools. We supply the stickers and posters – just let us know how many you’d like! If December 1st doesn’t work for your group you are more than welcome to participate on a different day.
 
For more info or to order your Casual Day stickers please contact:
Mark Savard – Development Officer, Community Giving
savard@covenanthousebc.org
Tel 604-639-8922

casual for covenant house 

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