bc211 is a Vancouver-based nonprofit organization that specializes in providing information and referral regarding community, government and social services in BC. Their help line services include 211, the Alcohol and Drug Information and Referral Service (ADIRS), the Problem Gambling Help Line, VictimLink BC, and the Youth Against Violence Line.
bc211 recently launched a free mobile text messing service that has a strong youth focus. You can learn more about this new initiative here.
bc211 wrote a great article about youth homelessness in metro Vancouver and it speaks to how young people end up on the streets. It is a great read and shares a lot of information about youth homelessness. You can read it here.
A big thank you to bc211 for connecting people in BC with the help they need.
A young man and his girlfriend came to the front desk at our Pender Street building location. It was raining hard and had been all day. The youth approached the front desk and asked if we had any socks and shoes because he had holes in his shoes and his feet had been wet for a few days. The youth stated he had been told that Covenant House could help him by another agency in the city. Most of the donations of clothing are stored at our Drake Street building, but we went searching and found shoes in his size and fresh socks!
The youth was very grateful to have dry feet. This youth and his girlfriend appeared to not be familiar with Vancouver and resources available to them. Our team was able to inform them of the difference services available to them from Covenant House as well as other youth agency in Vancouver. We were happy to provide fresh shoes and a chance for a fresh start .
Thank you to the Pacific CoastCom team for their incredible generosity this season – raising $9,200 in support of the programs in our Continuum of Care.
For 15 years, Pacific CoastCom has been an enthusiastic supporter of Covenant House Vancouver, raising funds at their annual Christmas party. Prizes donated by their generous partners and suppliers are used as silent auction items and raffled in support of Covenant House.
With special thanks to Pacific CoastCom for your enthusiastic community spirit and for your commitment to helping homeless youth in our communities!
A special thanks to Lionheart Sports who regularly donate athletic wear for our young people.
This amazing company says it best right on their website:
“Sport is for everyone to enjoy, experience and relish. Thoughtful service to others should be part of your character rather than a business decision.”
Thank you Lionheart Sports! We are so grateful of your ongoing support and for encouraging our youth towards healthy, active lifestyles.