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Twoonies for Teens

This story began with an email to one of our staff…

 My name is Andrew and I brought some stockings and some money down to Covenant House last Christmas.

 I am fundraising again this year and I thought you might like to see the video I am showing to my family, friends and the students at my school. I am collecting twoonies  only as I saw the need was greater for that than the stockings.

I am in grade nine this year and my new school (Inquiry Hub ) is a school of choice and it only has about 60 kids. It is an awesome school but small so my donations might be a lot smaller this year.

 I will do my best and send along whatever I collect, hopefully enough to be matched to make a better impact.

 Andrew

 For some background, Andrew was in foster care for the first 6 ½ years of his life before he was adopted by his “forever family”. He wanted to do something for others who have experienced some of the hardships he did.

Below is Andrew’s story…

 His adoptive mother Sandy runs a daycare. She provides before-school care and takes kids to school in the morning. She told us that she lines her kindergarten kids up outside before they go into school and gives each one of them a hug. Every day, Sandy noticed there was a little boy on his own who was watching her hug all the kids.

 This went on for a while, until one day the young boy tugged on her sleeve and asked, “Are you the Mom to all these kids?” Sandy explained that she was not, and that their parents had gone to work so she was in charge of taking them to school.

“Why do you hug them, then?” asked the little boy. “So that they know they are loved and cared for, and so I can wish them a good day because their moms and dads couldn’t be here,” she explained. The little boy thought about it for a minute and then he said, “Can you hug me?”

 Sandy told us that each day she dropped all her kids off, the little boy was alone and joined the hug lineup. After about a month, Sandy found out that he was in foster care. He was 6 ½  and had lived in a number of different homes. She told her husband about him and they started the process to adopt him and become his “forever family.” By the time he started grade 1, he was their son.

 Andrew chose to fundraise for Covenant House because so many of the young people who come to us have been in foster care.  Please support his fundraising page by clicking here.

Mothers, you have the power to change the world, one youth at a time!

Mothers - you have the power to change the world, one youth at a time! Will you stand with us in support of homeless youth?  

Join us on May 4th and make an immediate and lasting impact on the homeless young people who receive support from Covenant House Vancouver through our Street Outreach program

You give it your all in every waking moment. Now try it in your sleep! Sign up here for Sleep Out: Mothers Edition.

Questions:

Kim Wing
Development Officer, Special Events
Direct: 604-639-8916 
Email:  kwing@covenanthousebc.org

Sleep Out: Mothers Edition

ROP youth make an incredible brunch!

Our ROP youth were busy recently creating an incredible brunch spread. Our youth made lots of delicious food for brunch including waffles, french toast, and even homemade sauces!

It was a fun morning and everyone enjoyed the yummy brunch!

ROP Youth Brunch

A New Building for Covenant House

We are thrilled to report that today, the British Columbia Government announced its support for Vancouver’s vulnerable homeless youth with a donation of $5 million towards the purchasing and rebuilding of a new building for Covenant House.  This generous contribution coupled with the $10M we have already raised through private donations will allow us to break ground on the new building this fall.

The Honourable Michael de Jong, QC, Minister of Finance who attended the announcement today said  “Our government continues to invest in programs and projects that help prevent at-risk British Columbians from becoming homeless. We’re delighted to have been involved in Covenant House Vancouver’s capital expansion project, which will bring new housing and support for vulnerable homeless youth.

We are so grateful for this clear message of support from the BC government for Covenant House Vancouver and the young people who turn to us for help.  Providing much-needed additional services and space to Vancouver's homeless youth will enable them to transition on to lives full of health, happiness and independence. 

Sincere thanks to the Province of British Columbia for their support of homeless and at-risk youth! 

A New Building for Covenant House
Pictured: Front row: Honourable Stephanie Cadieux, Minister of Children and Family Development; Sam Sullivan, MLA for Vancouver-False Creek; Back row:  Honourable Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Advanced Education;  Allan Seckel, Vice Chair, Board of Directors for Covenant House Vancouver; Krista Thompson, Executive Director, Covenant House Vancouver; Honourable Michael de Jong, QC, Minister of Finance,

Fun had by all at Homeless Count Party

Recently our Outreach & Drop-In Centre collaborated with Homeless Count Vancouver to provide our young people with a day of fun and a respite from street life. There was pizza and prizes, crafts and drumming and even a manicures station!

Big thanks to the following for making this fun day possible for our young people:

Alexandra from Drum Mama Studios
Homeless Count Vancouver
Home Depot  2388 Cambie St 
Little Ceasars
Luxe Beauty Lounge & Mobile Spa

Homeless Count Youth Party

Homeless Count Youth Party

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