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Less than one week until our Sleep Out: Executive Edition

Cold, hungry and alone. The reality of sleeping on the streets is harsh and unforgiving. Many of the youth who make their way through our doors have had to endure cruel life circumstances on the unforgiving streets before they finally find hope here at Covenant House Vancouver. We welcome them unconditionally, helping them begin their journey to leave life on the streets behind them for good.

On November 20th we are challenging local executives, community luminaries and notables to Sleep Out for one night in solidarity with the youth we serve here at Covenant House. With only a sleeping bag and a piece of cardboard, participants will get a small glimpse of what it’s like to “sleep” on the street.

Covenant Houses throughout the United States and Canada will host Sleep Out events this fall to raise critical funds and awareness to the issue of youth homelessness.

Click here to learn more and support our Vancouver participants.

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Jeremy smiles often now thanks to his new grin

Jeremy began coming to Covenant House when he was 17. He would argue with his father and then would get kicked out of his home. These arguments with his father would be very physical and his belongings would be thrown out of the house.

When we first met Jeremy, he was very compliant and polite but could not follow through with any of his goals.  His budgeting was problematic and he would usually leave the Shelter as he tended to over spend and often ran out of money.  He tried to become a drug dealer, but at over 6' tall he stuck out like a sore thumb and he was very paranoid at being caught. He got deeper and deeper into debt and as such would frequently show up at the shelter without shoes.  

Jeremy continued to come in and out of the Shelter. Finally one day he decided to settle down and utilize all of our services. This change occurred after his father had a heart attack. Jeremy was there to see it and he realized how precious life really was. He returned to the Shelter and focused on finding employment and accessing our supports to better his life choices.

He found a job with a telecommunications company. We worked with him on his budgeting skills and he was able to save money. Then he applied to our Rights of Passage (ROP) program and was accepted. Jeremy’s time at ROP was very successful. He kept his job and asked for help with those tasks that he struggled with, like paying off his debts. By the time he graduated from ROP, he was almost debt free.

During his time with us, Jeremy was a great leader for the other youth. He encouraged many of his peers to go running with him in the morning and to go to the gym rather than the bar. He was a great cook and would prepare the most fantastic smelling food and was excellent at meal planning and organizing his work schedule. He was pleasant to deal with and encourage the others living at ROP every day.

Before Jeremy left Rights of Passage he had one more thing he wanted help with. Since he was a young child, he was told that he needed braces. He did not like to smile as his teeth were very crooked. We got in touch with one of the dentists who provides us with free dental care and he referred Jeremy to an orthodontist. Every year, we have a donor who purchases Christmas presents for the youth in Rights of Passage and Jeremy’s wish was for some help in paying for his (reduced) orthodontist fees. His wish was granted and his fees were paid.

Jeremy is now living independently and smiles often with his new grin.  

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You can help a youth just like Jeremy please give today.
All donations will are being matched by two donors, your gift will be tripled!

 

Support our Christmas Backpack Program!

Each holiday season, we provide all of our young people with a Christmas backpack filled with new clothing, toiletries and small gifts. We hope that you will consider supporting our backpack program this Christmas and make the holidays special for our Covenant House youth.

Ways to donate to the Christmas Backpack Program:

1. Contribute to our costs

It costs us $120 to fill a backpack with gifts! Donate this amount to our campaign and help us purchase one whole backpack for a youth in need!

2. Purchase a completed backpack

Order a completed backpack online through our partnership with Army and Navy and have them ship it directly to us! 

3. Include us in your holiday shopping

Click here for our complete list of backpack items! Take it with you on your holiday shopping trip and then drop off items at 575 Drake Street. Please call Amy to arrange a time for drop off at 604-639-8937.

4. Donate any new items from our list

Any new items are welcome and very helpful. Pick one or more items from our listand bring them to 575 Drake Street. Our holiday helpers will be building backpacks from the donated items. Every bit helps and is truly appreciated!

For further details click here and if you have questions please contact:

Amy Cotton
604-639-8937
acotton@covenanthousebc.org

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Lest We Forget - Remembrance Day

Covenant House Vancouver is remembering of all of those who have served our country and our thoughts are with those serving now.

Our office will be closed tomorrow in honour of Remembrance Day.

If you are a youth needing help you can call 1-877-685-7474. 

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Covenant House Cookbook

In September we reached out to our Covenant House community and asked supporters to share recipes so we could create a cookbook for our young people. We were excited by the response as many people shared family recipes and well wishes for our young people. Our youth now have a cookbook made with love to help them learn important life skills. 

This cookbook would not be possible without the kindness of our supporters. By sharing your recipes you have truly shared a piece of your heart with our young people and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

To read the cookbook simply click on the cover below and it will open as a PDF.

Enjoy!

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