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Joseph is taking control of his life and future by taking care of his mental health

The day that Joseph arrived at the Shelter his presence was felt immediately. As he walked around the common space, asking everyone their name with a huge grin on his face, his energy was almost overwhelming. His boundaries were entirely lacking if not nonexistent, but there was a genuine friendliness and charisma in his interactions with both staff and his co-residents.

The truth of the matter is that Joseph has schizophrenia and at that point he was in a state of psychosis. For as nice, naive and excited as he was, Joseph was equally confused, cloudy and lost. Joseph had moved around quite a bit in his life up to this point. He was born in Europe and after his parents separated he moved between Eastern Canada and the Caribbean. However, when the living arrangements with both of his parents fell apart he found himself in Vancouver, all alone.

Eventually Joseph made his way to Covenant House Vancouver seeking shelter and found a group of staff who recognized the potential in him. Once he was safely in our Shelter we could begin to address his mental health concerns. The Shelter team has moved slowly but deliberately with him, careful not overwhelm him. Since his arrival some months ago, Joseph has begun treatment for his schizophrenia and made steps towards finding supportive long term housing.

He has started to become more aware and have a better understanding of his illness and is slowly coming to terms with it and what this will mean for his life. With this comes some really low and hard days but he is on a journey and we remind him of that often. Joseph is still the same genuine, friendly and charismatic young man that came to us, only now his journey has shifted towards him taking more control of his life and future by taking care of his mental health. 

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A Special Way to Honour your Mom for Mother’s Day

Mother's Day is quickly approaching, and if you need a unique way to honour your Mother, consider an in-honour gift!

By donating to Covenant House Vancouver you will give the gift of hope to the more than 1,400 young people we help each year. Your mom receives a card by mail or email notifying them of the donation made in their honour and the tax receipt is sent to you.

Here’s how to make your tribute gift:

1)      Online:  Click the Donate Now button and at the bottom of the donation page you will see a section called ‘In Tribute’ where you can enter the information about your gift and the e-mail or mailing address of your mom.

2)      By Phone: Just call 604-638-GIFT (4438) and ask to make a tribute gift and we will take all of the relevant information for your donation.

3)      By Mail:  Include a note in your donation envelope letting us know who the donation is in honour or memory of, who we should notify and their e-mail or mailing address, your message and phone number.

For more information or special requests call us at 604-638-4438 or

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Ipsos and Ipsos Charity Trust Raise $3,500 for CHV!

Thank you to Ipsos and Ipsos Charity Trust for your generosity and community spirit! 

Through your annual fundraising events including bingos, pancake breakfasts, summer barbecues, bake sales and a silent auction, your support of $3,500 will make an impact - helping Vancouver’s homeless youth with the care and support they need to rebuild their lives. 

Thank you Ipsos Western region!

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