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Students from around the world support homeless youth in Vancouver

Tryn Rohrer wanted to do something special for her birthday, but instead of gifts for herself, the SFU student decided to do something for the youth at Covenant House.

Tryn asked her friends buy presents for the Christmas Backpack Program in honour of her birthday.  The group of friends, all International students from places like Thailand, China, Pakistan, and Switzerland, came to Covenant House last week to drop off their donations.  We were able to show them some of our spaces and chatted about the resources and supports we provide for homeless and at-risk youth.

When we asked Tryn if we could share her birthday story she said that it was such a pleasure for her and her friends to help Covenant House Vancouver and see the work we do, they would be very happy if their story inspired others to do the same.

Happy Birthday Tryn!  And thank you to you and your friends for supporting our Christmas Backpack Program!

Students from around the world support homeless youth in Vancouver 

There is Black Friday & Cyber Monday…now GivingTuesday is coming to Canada on December 1, 2015

December 1, 2015, marks GivingTuesday – a day for nonprofits worldwide to encourage charitable giving, volunteerism, and conscious consumerism to their communities.

What will YOU do for #GivingTuesday? Be sure to share what you do with the hash tag #GivingTuesday & #GivingTuesdayCa and check out  for more info.

If you are looking for ways to give back to Covenant House Vancouver click  here. To donate to Covenant House Vancouver for GivingTuesday click here.

A big thank you to all our supporters, donors and volunteers who GIVE so much for our young people!

Music Fundraiser in support of Covenant House happening tonight!

Join Heartwood Community Café on  Saturday, November 21st  for an evening of incredible East Van music to raise funds for at Covenant House Vancouver.

The performers are:

Taryn LaRonge
Beth Southwell
Edith Wallace
Root n Branch (Shannon Ingersoll & Rich Sawyer)

 Details and tickets  here.

Music fundraiser poster 

4th Annual Sleep Out: Executive Edition raises over $672,461!

Last night, 53 local executives, community leaders and celebrities slept outside in solidarity with the hundreds of young people who call Vancouver’s streets home, to raise funds for Covenant House Vancouver’s Crisis Program.

Bob Lenarduzzi (President, Vancouver Whitecaps), David Hawksworth (Hawksworth Restaurant), Actress Kristin Kreuk, ABC’s The Bachelorette’s Kaitlyn Bristowe, Breakfast Television’s Riaz Meghji and several local media personalities were joined by 40+ other sleepers who at last count had raised over $$672,461. 

The lead fundraiser, Jordon Mellville, President, T&M Management Services explains why he chose to support the Sleep out - “In seeing the work that Covenant House provides to youth at risk in Vancouver I realize these could be anyone's children. I'm happy to be able to support them to make sure Covenant House is able to continue to provide these crucially important services”.

The evening began with the participants getting to know each other and mingling with Covenant House youth.   Then, the sleepers participated in roundtable discussions with current and former youth who shared their personal experiences and provided tips for braving the elements.  

Unlike previous years where sleepers were faced with a soggy wet Vancouver weather, last night’s temperature dipped to the freezing mark.  Whitecaps President Bob Lenarduzzi slept out for the 4th time and said that despite the cold temperatures “For me and my son Ryan, it feels like it’s the least we can do to support the youth in need within our own community.”

After waking up this morning (many didn’t get much sleep), the participants took part in a group reflection exercise, describing what the experience meant to them.  One participant said “at times I felt desperate and wondered when it would end”.  The Sleepers acknowledged that sleeping outside for one night does not compare to what it is really like for youth who must do so night after night, some while holding down a job and going to school.  The Sleepers did however, get a glimpse into experiencing the cold and wet, feeling exposed and vulnerable out in the open.   

We want to thank  all of our amazing Sleepers and their supporters! 

Sleep Out Executive Edition Group Picture 2015




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