Your gift today will be doubled providing homeless youth with beds, blankets, hot meals, clean clothes, medical care and all the unconditional love and support they need to escape the abuse and violence of life on the streets.
Last Saturday evening, I was manning the front desk while the front receptionist went on his break. While there I was amazed at the amount of donations that were coming in. It seemed every few minutes someone was at the door bringing in donations. One man had a few bags of new socks, and asked if we could use them. I told him definitely.
A little while later, a young girl came in the front reception and asked me if I had any shoes or socks. I told her I had socks. She said thank you. I asked her what was up with her shoes. She said they were soaking and I could see they were falling apart. She appeared to be quite cold. I called a youth worker and asked them to go up to the clothing room to see if they could find her a pair of warm shoes or boots, and a jacket. I asked her if she had a place to stay. She said she was staying at a nearby shelter. We managed to give her socks, boots, a warm jacket, and mittens. She was so thankful as she put them on. You could see the relief and gratitude on her face. It made me realize and give thanks for the people who come and bring their donations to Covenant House. Without them, we could not do what we do. These people provided warmth and comfort to a very cold young girl, and to countless others.
It was recently National Volunteer Week and our Volunteer Coordinator and everyone at CHV worked hard to make sure our volunteers knew how much we love and appreciate them. Below is a letter written to Amanda our Volunteer Coordinator following that week, enjoy!
Thank-you for the very thoughtful card and note, and Covenant House water bottle! That was a very thoughtful gesture!
A few weeks ago I bumped into one of the youth on the bus, and he mentioned to me that he had written a thank-you letter for volunteers, and that I would enjoy it. So this must be it. What a sweet and sincere letter he wrote! It's a wonderful note of gratitude to pass along to volunteers.
I LOVE my volunteer job at Covenant House! Little did I know when I started 10.5 years ago that it'd become such a meaningful part of my life, and that I'd still be going strong so many years later. Spending time with the youth is very inspiring and grounding for me, and I've learned a ton from the experience.
I have a nice story to share about my outing tonight. I took six boys out for a bike ride around Stanley Park, followed by Tim Horton’s and a walk around English Bay. They were a really nice group, and everyone enjoyed themselves. Once of the boys mentioned to me that is staying at Covenant House because he struggles with mental health issues, especially depression, and the bike ride was the most fun he has had in weeks. Wow - that really warmed my heart, and makes the time spent very worthwhile!
I have a lot of appreciation for Covenant House, and the wonderful services it provides for youth and our community.
Father's Day is on Sunday, and if you need a unique way to honour your dad, consider an in-honour gift!
By donating to Covenant House Vancouver you will give the gift of hope to the more than 1,500 young people we help each year. Your dad receives a personalized notification of the donation made in their honour and the tax receipt is sent to you.
Here’s how to make your tribute gift:
1) Online: Click the Donate Now button and at the bottom of the donation page you will see a section called ‘In Tribute’ where you can enter the information about your gift and the e-mail or mailing address of your dad.
2) By Phone: Just call 604-638-GIFT (4438) and ask to make a tribute or memorial gift and we will take all of the relevant information for your donation.
3) By Mail: Include a note in your donation envelope letting us know who the donation is in honour or memory of, who we should notify and their e-mail or mailing address, your message and phone number.
For more information or special requests contact Jen Moric at 604-639-8923 or email@example.com
*Please note donations made after business hours on Friday will not be sent until Monday.*
As our youth move towards independence and they strike out on their own we provide them with "Start-Up" kits. These kits contain basic household and kitchen items to help them settle into their new accommodations.
Top 6 Items Needed for our Start-Up Kits:
Donations can be dropped off at 575 Drake Street between 8am & 3pm, if you are unable to come between 8am and 3pm, please contact us to arrange a convenient drop-off time. If you have questions please contact us at 604-968-4679 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!