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Eunice the pig brings joy to our youth

Last week we were very happy to have a visit from a special friend who came to meet us all the way from her farm in Saskatchewan! The youth in our Drop-In space were thrilled to meet Eunice and she put smiles on all of our faces. It was very cool to learn about her (she has her own Facebook page!) and some of us were invited to feed her one of her favorite foods – mandarin oranges. Thanks to Covenant House supporters Willis and Geraldine Larson for bringing Eunice such a long way and for bringing joy and happiness to our young people!

Eunice the pig picture 

Sleep Out: Student Edition - An exciting way to take a stand against youth homelessness!

Attention high school teachers, students and parents - here’s an exciting way to take a stand against youth homelessness! 

Sleep Out:  Student Edition is an engaging way to show students a glimpse of what their life would be like if they were homeless by sleeping out for one night on school property without the comforts of home.  Sleeping out provides high school-age students with an opportunity to understand homelessness on a personal level through a relatable experience sleeping out “on the street”.

  • Covenant House provides teachers & students with resources to help students learn about homelessness in our community
  • Students have a personal online fundraising page hosted by Covenant House
  • Covenant House will visit the school to speak with “sleepers” about homelessness, the sleep out and the fundraising component (each student is encouraged to fundraise $200)
  • A great opportunity for students in classes focused on social justice or school clubs focused on community engagement

We know how much students can accomplish, and how passionate they are about helping those in need.   If you know high school-age students (or student groups) that would be interested in Sleep Out: Student Edition, please contact:

Mark Savard
Development Officer – Community Giving
Covenant House Vancouver
Tel 604-639-8922

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President Obama Appoints Covenant House President Kevin Ryan to Advisory Council

President Obama announced recently that he has appointed Covenant House President Kevin Ryan to his Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. 

 "The President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships brings together religious and secular leaders as well as scholars and experts in fields related to the work of faith-based and neighborhood organizations.The charge for this Council focuses on steps the government should take to reduce poverty and inequality and create opportunity for all, including changes in policies, programs, and practices that affect the delivery of services by faith-based and community organizations and the needs of low-income and other underserved persons. "  -White House,  Office of the Press Secretary

To read the full announcement from the White House  click here.

Congratulations to Kevin Ryan on this tremendous honour! We know he will continue to do  wonderful work  in our movement of justice for homeless youth.  

Pictured President Obama with Covenant House International President Kevin Ryan
*Picture from  Covenant  House  International*

Thanking Nordstrom Vancouver for their community support

On September 16th Nordstrom Vancouver held an Opening Gala and Fashion Show in support of BC Children's Hospital Foundation, BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre Foundation, Covenant House Vancouver and the Vancouver Art Gallery. The event raised an amazing $420,000! It was an absolute honour to be a part of such an impactful evening.

We want to send our sincere thanks to Nordstrom and everyone who attended the event.  Your support of Covenant House Vancouver will provide the gift of hope to so many young people, and for that we are eternally grateful.  We also want to send a huge thank you to the Covenant House co-chairs Jillian Harris and Jason Sarai for all their support and hard work.

Thank you Nordstrom and welcome to Vancouver!

Krista Thompson with Nordstrom family
Pictured: Nordstrom family, Krista Thompson our Executive Director and Marty Staniforth our Manager of Major Donors. 
Jillian Harris and Jason Sarai with Nordstrom family
Pictured:  Covenant House  
 co-chairs for the Nordstom Gala and Fashion show Jillian Harris and Jason Sarai with the Nordstrom family. 

Covenant House Vancouver folks looking fancy  
Pictured: Covenant House folks looking fancy at Nordstrom Gala.   

Pictures provided courtesy of Nordstrom and their house photographer, Butter Studios. Thank you!*

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