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Lola learns the Crisis Program is a safe space

Over the last couple months we have had many young ladies come to us for the first time. I think that as staff we sometimes take for granted the situation that our youth are in, forgetting how distressing and upsetting it is to come into a Crisis Program. Lola reminded me very quickly of that fact recently.

The youth who know us are comfortable here and know it is a safe space for them. Lola had never stayed in a Crisis Program before and had no idea what to expect. As soon as she entered our doors she was crying uncontrollably. We went into the intake office and she continued to cry saying how scared she was, not knowing what to expect.

Usually we do a full intake (take down all the pertinent information about a young person) before the youth enters our program but I asked her if maybe just looking at the space would alleviate some of her fears, so she can see it isn’t scary at all. This mini tour seemed to make a big difference as she was able to see that we were different from what she imagined from movies etc.. She got to speak with another youth who assured Lola that everything here is fine and there is nothing to be scared of.

It’s now been a week and a half since Lola came to us. It is amazing to see how comfortable she is here with youth and staff. She is attending all her appointments and working hard on getting healthy. It was a great lesson for me to be reminded that coming to a Crisis Program is a very intimidating and frightening thing. I am glad we are here to provide that opportunity to Lola, and youth like her, who do not have experience with shelters and need to be somewhere that feels safe.

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April 2nd is Hudson’s Bay Giving Day

You are invited to a one-day exclusive shopping event at the  Hudson’s Bay Store, Oakridge on April 2 from 9:30am to 9:00pm. 

Ticket holders will receive 20% off almost all items in the store (with their HBC credit card) or 15% off with any other form of payment. They will also be treated to in-store events and a prize draw for a chance at a $5,000 Bay shopping spree!

Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased through Covenant House Vancouver. Please call 604-649-8938 or email This event will support a number of local charities including Covenant House.

Be sure to join us for this fun event benefiting our young people!

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CHV is one of the Community Charities at this year’s BMO Vancouver Marathon

Covenant House is pleased to be a part of this year’s BMO Vancouver Marathon taking place on Sunday May 3rd.  BMO’s Run4Hope is the charity program for the marathon; Covenant House is one of this year’s community charities.

If you or someone you know is participating in the marathon, half marathon or 8K let them know that Covenant House is part of the fun this year!  We will have volunteers supporting the event and an info table at the street fair set up near the finish area.

Participants, families, and friends can make a donation to Covenant House via the BMO Vancouver Marathon website – simply click on the Run4Hope link off the main page and look for the ‘Make a Donation’ link.  We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions please contact Mark Savard at: 604-639-8922.

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It took a while but Alex is now ready for our support

 “Alex” had previously stayed at   our Crisis Program   twice but was struggling to build relationships with staff. On his third stay  Alex opened up and explained about the struggles that he was facing. Alex talked about his drug use and how he felt it was holding him back from being the person he wanted to be. Alex felt that he was not ready to trust the staff and his fellow co-residents on his previous stays, but now felt that he was ready for support and help to make positive changes in his life. Alex was able to gain the support he needed and has gained valuable life skills that helped him to secure and maintain a job and to find his own accommodation.

Alex is a good example of the youth that come to Covenant House and a good example of Covenant House values of always being there for the youth. Offering the same support and welcome, no matter where they are on the journey in life. If a youth is ready for support, the support is there. If they are not then the support is there when they are ready.

Being new employee at Covenant house it has been very inspiring to see the interactions and relationships that are built with the youth. It is amazing to empower them to work toward their goals and to be a part of their journey.  

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