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Twoonies for Teens

This story began with an email to one of our staff…

 My name is Andrew and I brought some stockings and some money down to Covenant House last Christmas.

 I am fundraising again this year and I thought you might like to see the video I am showing to my family, friends and the students at my school. I am collecting twoonies  only as I saw the need was greater for that than the stockings.

I am in grade nine this year and my new school (Inquiry Hub ) is a school of choice and it only has about 60 kids. It is an awesome school but small so my donations might be a lot smaller this year.

 I will do my best and send along whatever I collect, hopefully enough to be matched to make a better impact.

 Andrew

 For some background, Andrew was in foster care for the first 6 ½ years of his life before he was adopted by his “forever family”. He wanted to do something for others who have experienced some of the hardships he did.

Below is Andrew’s story…

 His adoptive mother Sandy runs a daycare. She provides before-school care and takes kids to school in the morning. She told us that she lines her kindergarten kids up outside before they go into school and gives each one of them a hug. Every day, Sandy noticed there was a little boy on his own who was watching her hug all the kids.

 This went on for a while, until one day the young boy tugged on her sleeve and asked, “Are you the Mom to all these kids?” Sandy explained that she was not, and that their parents had gone to work so she was in charge of taking them to school.

“Why do you hug them, then?” asked the little boy. “So that they know they are loved and cared for, and so I can wish them a good day because their moms and dads couldn’t be here,” she explained. The little boy thought about it for a minute and then he said, “Can you hug me?”

 Sandy told us that each day she dropped all her kids off, the little boy was alone and joined the hug lineup. After about a month, Sandy found out that he was in foster care. He was 6 ½  and had lived in a number of different homes. She told her husband about him and they started the process to adopt him and become his “forever family.” By the time he started grade 1, he was their son.

 Andrew chose to fundraise for Covenant House because so many of the young people who come to us have been in foster care.  Please support his fundraising page by clicking here.

On January 25, Let’s Talk!

Bell Let's Talk   is a wide-reaching, multi-year program designed to break the silence around mental illness and support mental health all across Canada.  On January  25th  every time you talk, text and join in on social media on, Bell will donate 5¢ more to mental health  initiatives.  

Dedicated to moving mental health forward in Canada, Bell Let’s Talk promotes awareness and action with a strategy built on 4 key pillars: Fighting the stigma, improving access to care, supporting world-class research, and leading by example in workplace mental  health.  Mental health continues to be a major issue with homeless youth in Vancouver, Covenant House Vancouver is dedicated to helping youth get access to care and helping to end the stigma that surrounds mental illness. We are excited to once again participate in Bell Let’s Talk day and be part of the mental health conversation.

Click here to  learn  how  you  can  support  Bell Let’s Talk.  

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Anna finds the support & resources she needed in our Crisis Program

Prior to living at Covenant House Vancouver Anna lived in a small, remote community. She came to Vancouver with the hope of addressing her mental health needs as well as finding a stable job and place to live. Things didn’t work out the way she thought and she came to Covenant House at a very low point in her life. During our intake process I remember Anna being extremely nervous and she described that she was feeling a lot of shame and had not told anyone that she chose to come to Covenant House. Anna was very emotional throughout the intake, and at one point wasn’t sure if she wanted to enter our Crisis Program as she was so nervous. By the end of the intake Anna seemed like a weight had been lifted off of her shoulders, and she called her family to tell them that she needed help and was staying at Covenant House.

Anna was very nervous and quiet for her first couple of days in the Crisis Program. Within the first week she got connected to many community resources and began engaging with the youth workers and other youth. Anna attended many outings offered in our Crisis Program, thanks to our very generous donors, and was able to do a lot of activities for the first time. Several times I heard Anna talk about how much she was learning and when she went on one outing she said it was the best night of her life. Anna continued to thrive throughout her stay at Covenant House and got connected to a Mental Health Team, obtained a job and applied to the Rights of Passage Program in a very short amount of time. Anna became more and more comfortable and formed meaningful relationships with other youth and the youth workers.  

Working with Anna has been so rewarding as she came to us at a time when she was truly ready for change. Seeing how much she has benefited from our resources and how far she has come reminds me of how Covenant House Vancouver positively impacts the lives of so many youth. 

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Less than one month until Sleep Out: Young Professional Edition

On February 16th, we are challenging young professionals and emerging leaders to spend one night sleeping on the street to raise funds to support our mental health and addictions programs. Many of our youth struggle with mental illness, often as a result of trauma they have experienced, and many are also battling to overcome addictions. 

The Sleep Out: Young Professional Edition is an opportunity for young professionals to take action and let the world know they won’t stand by quietly while young people in Canada continue to face homelessness. By committing to sleeping outside for just one night, young professionals take an active part in the Sleep Out Movement to help end youth homelessness, while raising money that will go directly to getting kids off the streets.

You can stand with our sleepers & young people:

Make a donation to support a Sleep Out participant
Be part of the conversation on social media and share posts using the hashtag #CHSleepOut
Join the movement and Sleep Out

If you have questions or want to learn more, please contact:

Kim Wing
Development Officer - Special Events
kwing@covenanthousebc.org
604-639-8916

Sleep Out Movement

Sending a big thanks to Colour Time Printing & Digital Imaging

The team at Colour Time Printing & Digital Imaging continue to come up with new and creative ways to support youth and Covenant House Vancouver.

Colour Time’s most recent gifts include 400 customized planners for our youth, thank you cards and envelopes. They also provided free printing for our annual Give a Day, Build a Life donor recognition booklet.  Their support helps us save much needed funds meaning more support for young people working hard at achieving independence.

Thank you to all of the wonderful folks at Colour Time!

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