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Homelessness Action Week October 11th to 17th

Homelessness Action Week is an annual event focused on bringing public awareness and understanding to the issue of homelessness in the Greater Vancouver region.

Homelessness Action Week is an opportunity to get involved in homelessness action in your community by attending events, and spreading the word about homelessness action through education, advocacy, and social media activity.

Click   here   to learn more. 

Homelessness Action Week Poster 

Happy Thanksgiving

We are wishing all our youth, volunteers, supporters, donors and staff a very Happy Thanksgiving!

We are giving thanks for our amazing Covenant House Vancouver family.

Our office will be closed on Monday October 12th but if you are a youth in need of help you can reach our youth workers toll free at 1-877-685-7474 anytime.

Happy Thanksgiving

It's World Homeless Day

On the 10th of October 2015 people around the world will mark  World Homeless Day  in many varied ways and change the lives of homeless people in their local community. The purpose of World Homeless Day is to draw attention to homeless people’s needs locally and provide opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to homelessness,

As Thanksgiving quickly approaches this is a wonderful day to reflect on what you are thankful for and think about how we can help and give back to others.

If you would like to learn the different ways you can support Covenant House Vancouver and help change the lives for homeless youth click   here

World Homeless Day 

Start making a difference in the lives of our young people today with your personal fundraising page

Want to rally friends, family and coworkers to help end homelessness one young person at a time?  Covenant House’s personal fundraising page gives you tools to build your own web page, send emails, set fundraising goals, collect donations and acknowledge your supporters. 

You can set up an engaging page for yourself or a community group to track your fundraising progress; engage your community; and share your events using social media. United with your friends and family you can make a huge difference in the lives of Vancouver’s street youth.

Ideas that work well on personal fundraising pages include:

• Have a birthday or anniversary coming up? Ask for donations for Covenant House instead of gifts from your friends and family.
• Are you taking part in a run or marathon? Set a fundraising goal, and have your friends and colleagues support you by donating towards programs that help homeless youth.
• You can create team pages with a captain and individual members (sport/community events tracking your individual and group progress.

Of course there are many ideas for personal fundraisers; you’re only limited by your imagination!

Encourage family, friends and colleagues to visit your site to donate in support of Covenant House and spread the word of your fundraising efforts via social media!  To visit our Personal Fundraising Page Program click here.

For more information or assistance please feel free to call or email:

Mark Savard
Development Officer – Community Giving
Tel 604-639-8922

Personal Fundraising Pages Images and link 

A special young man gives thanks

The first day that “Tim” arrived at our Crisis Program, it was obvious that he was a very special young man….special because of his cognitive abilities and special because of his spirit.  Tim had a huge gaping wound on his arm and it needed to be constantly re-bandaged. Tim lacked the ability to see that and staff would call him in and offer to tend to it for him. Tim would almost bounce into the staff office, lapping up the love and attention staff would give him while changing his wrappings and listening to his gentle voice.  You could tell Tim really appreciated the efforts of the staff and would often thank us by saying “God bless you Guys”.

The rest of the youth knew that Tim was different and sometimes isolated him and whispered comments about him. Our team always works hard to create a positive environment for all our youth and intervened when necessary. We were all seated ready to eat our fabulous dinner when Tim came to the dining area with his tray, looking for a place to sit.  No one offered him a seat and I could see the hurt and rejection in his eyes.  I quickly asked Tim to join our table and he seemed relieved.  What happened next was something I will never forget…..

Tim bowed his head, prayed to himself and then began to eat his dinner.  “Tim you pray before you eat?” I asked. He responded, "Oh yes, I am so grateful to live in Canada and that I have a warm bed and this great dinner.” You could hear a pin drop in the dining room as the other youth overheard his explanation. The energy in the dining room suddenly changed. Youth gathered up dishes after our meal and helped the kitchen staff with piling the dishes. A group of youth invited our cook to join us for dessert, which she did. It was if Tim’s humility and spirit of gratitude made everyone more accepting of one another.

Recently, Tim left our Crisis Program, as he had secured long term housing. Although all of our youth will eventually move on, it is sometimes sad to see youth leave (for us and for the youth). When Tim left, he turned to me and said “God Bless you, don’t be sad, this is meant to be.”  Tim, the one who was sometimes isolated and whispered about, set an example today...not just for the other youth, but for the staff as well.

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