Sometimes, in working with our youth, it can be a challenge to find common ground for topics that support the growth of a healthy relationship. In my time working with Julia we learned that the two of us shared an interest in cooking. Julia and I would often spend time during our daily check-in discussing recipes and dishes we both particularly enjoyed. Julia often expressed to me that one of the things she looked forward to the most for when she secured her own housing was to have access to a kitchen and begin to explore her passion for cooking again.
Recently, Julia told me she had found a room to rent with a friend and that she planned to move out of the Crisis Program. Julia expressed that while she would be sad to say good-bye she was ready to live independently…. and to cook! This evening, Julia passed on to me that she would be spending time with friends doing some baking. When she returned for curfew, Julia came in with a huge smile and a tray full of fresh baked cookies.
Julia excitedly told me about all the different kinds of cookies they had baked, and that she had brought in the tray to share with all the staff. Julia said that it was important to her to show gratitude for the help she had received during her stay and for having had a safe place to stay which prepared her for independent living. While the cookies looked delicious, my favorite part of this moment with Julia was that she had taken time out of her day to prepare and share this gesture of thanks.
“The key to success is perseverance; you have to just keep going."
You likely have never met the man who said that. His name is Robert Little, a long-time supporter of Covenant House who has generously offered to match your donation if made by June 9th.
In addition to Robert’s amazing gift, another friend is adding $30,000 to Robert’s $50,000 for a Matching Gift Challenge total of $80,000. Every dollar you give will be doubled. But the deadline is June 9th. We hope that you will seize this special opportunity – this Matching Gift Challenge – to help provide our young people with the love and support they need.
Special thanks to Robert Little and our anonymous friend for their incredible support!
Vancouver Whitecaps FC have launched their fourth annual fundraising campaign #BuckUp for Mental Health in support of us here at Covenant House Vancouver. The campaign runs from today and culminates at the ‘Caps match on Saturday, June 3 when Whitecaps FC take on Atlanta United FC at BC Place.
This year, the ‘Caps are aiming to raise $50,000 in support of Covenant House Vancouver and their mental health programs. There are more ways than ever to get involved in #BuckUp for Mental Health:
1. Raffle - new this year is a raffle with only 1,000 tickets available at a cost of $20 each. The grand prize is a pair of roundtrip tickets anywhere WestJet flies. Order your raffle tickets online at www.whitecapsfc.com/raffle
2. Auction – fans can bid on one-of-a-kind experiences and unique items with all proceeds benefitting the campaign and Covenant House Vancouver. Check out the auction online at www.whitecapsfc.com/auctions
“A few dollars may not seem like much,” said Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi, “but when we all come together for this worthwhile cause, we can make a big difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable youth in our community.”
“I spent the first six and a half years of my life in foster care hoping I would find my forever family. Finally, we found each other,” said Andrew Teel, a Covenant House supporter who has raised almost $50,000 for the cause. “But most kids have to stay in foster care until they age out. That is why Covenant House is so important. It really does save lives.”
Funds raised through #BuckUp for Mental Health will be donated to Whitecaps FC community partner Covenant House Vancouver, which serves more than 1,300 homeless youth who access their services every year, many of whom struggle with mental illness.
To donate to #BuckUp for Mental Health in support of Covenant House Vancouver or to order a raffle ticket or bid on an auction item, please visit whitecapsfc.com/buckup.