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“One Guitar One Voice” a performance in support of Covenant House

Last year, Barry celebrated 45 years of songwriting with an intimate evening of songs and stories from along the way. This year, Barry is celebrating the present... with a selection of his most recent musical ventures, all written since turning 60. 

Hear Barry's latest collection of songs live at The Roundhouse, Friday, March 6. Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased here. All the proceeds from this special evening and performance will go to Covenant House Vancouver.

To learn more about Barry Greenfield and show click here

Barry Greenfield

 

Youth turn to us for help big & small...even for cooking advice!

Ned used to stay at Covenant House a lot, coming in and out of our Crisis  Program, building relationships, and trying his best to do well. He parted with us eventually to go to Saskatchewan for work, but although he was thousands of kilometers away, he stayed close and connected, relying on his supports here. Ned called and checked in with all of us, telling us how he was doing, and asking how things were on our end.

One evening as I was covering the front desk, the phone rang and Ned’s familiar voice brought a smile to my face. He was kind, as usual, and it was nice hearing from him, but this time his little check-in wasn’t so cheerful – he broke two fingers and was out of work for now. Ned told me he just taped his fingers together, and then laughed when I urged him to go to the hospital. He reminded me he doesn’t “do doctors” but assured me he’s going to be alright and asked me not to worry about him. He said he’s staying with his friends for now, but they’ve left for a few days, and he doesn’t have any money for food. He has this chicken though, he said.

Then he paused. I couldn’t understand why he was telling me about this chicken, until he finally summoned up the courage to continue: “I’m very sorry, but I just don’t have anyone else… Can you please tell me how to cook a chicken?” It’s a feeling like no other when we know that our youth can turn to us with whatever they are facing in their lives – big and small. Sometimes it’s tough, emotional things, and sometimes it’s just… chicken. So, we talked about that. Ned asked about the easiest way to cook it, about how to tell when it’s done, how to make it taste good and what kind of easy sides he can make for it. “Thank you” – he heartily said in the end, and that was one of the sweetest thanks I’ve ever heard.

picture of cooked chicken

Pink Shirt Day 2015 - Say Enough to Bullies!

Pink Shirt Day  was created when two Nova Scotia high school students supported a fellow student that was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt by also wearing pink (read the full story  here). From that moment of solidarity Pink Shirt Day was born and it allows all people to stand up to bullies everywhere by wearing pink.

Bullying continues to be a major concern in schools, workplaces and over the internet and it is important to raise awareness around this issue and say enough to bullies!

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pink shirt day at Pender

Pink Shirt Day with CHV staff 

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13th Annual Homelessness Radio Marathon Starts Tomorrow

On Wednesday, February 25 to Thursday, February 26, 2015, CFRC 101.9fm in Kingston, Ontario will host the 2015 Homelessness Marathon. The yearly overnight broadcast is shared on campus and community stations from coast to coast, creating linkages and raising awareness of homelessness in Canadian communities.

The Marathon began in 1998 in Geneva, New York. On February 17, 2015, the 17th annual Homelessness Marathon will take place in Sarasota, FL. The concept moved North to Canada 13 years ago with CKUT 90.3fm in Montreal as the host station. Last year the Marathon was hosted by CJSR 88.5fm in Edmonton, and this year, CFRC takes the reins.

The 2015 marathon will feature local and national programming. It will include 30-minute to two-hour segments from 14 stations representing six provinces, as well as a special edition of GroundWire focusing on homelessness, with headlines and feature stories from more stations across the country. 

Click here to learn more and listen in. 

2015 homelessness radio marathon

*Wording from  http://www.cfrc.ca/homelessness *

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