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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 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. 

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

bc211 connecting those in need to social services in BC

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.

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Fresh shoes and a chance for a fresh start

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 . 

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