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Off My Back – A social enterprise in support of Covenant House

Off My Back was founded by five Royal Roads University students with the idea that small acts will compound to big change. Off My Back’s mission is to raise awareness of child poverty in Canada.

OMB is a social enterprise that has teamed up with Covenant House Vancouver and Covenant House Toronto. Every shirt sold puts one on the back of a homeless youth. Its fashion with a purpose and 100% of the profits are donated.

To learn more or to buy a shirt click here

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“One Guitar One Voice” a performance in support of Covenant House

Last year, Barry celebrated 45 years of songwriting with an intimate evening of songs and stories from along the way. This year, Barry is celebrating the present... with a selection of his most recent musical ventures, all written since turning 60. 

Hear Barry's latest collection of songs live at The Roundhouse, Friday, March 6. Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased here. All the proceeds from this special evening and performance will go to Covenant House Vancouver.

To learn more about Barry Greenfield and show click here

Barry Greenfield


Youth turn to us for help big & small...even for cooking advice!

Ned used to stay at Covenant House a lot, coming in and out of our Crisis  Program, building relationships, and trying his best to do well. He parted with us eventually to go to Saskatchewan for work, but although he was thousands of kilometers away, he stayed close and connected, relying on his supports here. Ned called and checked in with all of us, telling us how he was doing, and asking how things were on our end.

One evening as I was covering the front desk, the phone rang and Ned’s familiar voice brought a smile to my face. He was kind, as usual, and it was nice hearing from him, but this time his little check-in wasn’t so cheerful – he broke two fingers and was out of work for now. Ned told me he just taped his fingers together, and then laughed when I urged him to go to the hospital. He reminded me he doesn’t “do doctors” but assured me he’s going to be alright and asked me not to worry about him. He said he’s staying with his friends for now, but they’ve left for a few days, and he doesn’t have any money for food. He has this chicken though, he said.

Then he paused. I couldn’t understand why he was telling me about this chicken, until he finally summoned up the courage to continue: “I’m very sorry, but I just don’t have anyone else… Can you please tell me how to cook a chicken?” It’s a feeling like no other when we know that our youth can turn to us with whatever they are facing in their lives – big and small. Sometimes it’s tough, emotional things, and sometimes it’s just… chicken. So, we talked about that. Ned asked about the easiest way to cook it, about how to tell when it’s done, how to make it taste good and what kind of easy sides he can make for it. “Thank you” – he heartily said in the end, and that was one of the sweetest thanks I’ve ever heard.

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Pink Shirt Day 2015 - Say Enough to Bullies!

Pink Shirt Day  was created when two Nova Scotia high school students supported a fellow student that was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt by also wearing pink (read the full story  here). From that moment of solidarity Pink Shirt Day was born and it allows all people to stand up to bullies everywhere by wearing pink.

Bullying continues to be a major concern in schools, workplaces and over the internet and it is important to raise awareness around this issue and say enough to bullies!

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pink shirt day at Pender

Pink Shirt Day with CHV staff 

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