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Team Covenant House Wins Canada Street Soccer Cup 2014

Over the course of May 28th-May 31st, the long awaited Canada Street Soccer Cup was held at Kinsmen Field in North Vancouver. While street soccer teams frequently come together for local, regional, and provincial tournaments, this is the first national tournament where teams from across Canada were represented.

By all accounts the tournament was a roaring success and a great time was had by all. Not to brag but we are happy to announce that team “Covenant House” won the tournament! Congratulations to all involved on a wonderful event filled with fun, friendship and fair play!

Please check out this note sent from Steve a volunteer who not only volunteers his time with us but Vancouver Street Soccer League as well.

“Ten Covenant House youth participated in this three day event in North Vancouver last week. The winning team was named Covenant House and had a nucleus of our young people. The trophy was presented at the banquet after the tournament and now resides at Drake.

The Covenant House youth were a credit to us all. As well as competing hard and skillfully during the games, they showed exemplary behavior and a positive attitude throughout. These are role models as well a terrific young people. We should be very proud of them - they are great ambassadors for Covenant House.

Regards,
Steve”

canada street soccer cup trophy

Open discussions help get Damien on the right path

“Damien” came to us after being in a treatment program for addiction. He had struggled with addiction for a long time but was very open about his challenges. As time went on we got to know him in the Shelter and he became very much liked by everyone as he was such a nice guy with a genuine big, bright smile. He attended support meetings and was working hard at managing his addictions and staying sober. Damien shared some of his writing with us including poetry and short stories. He truly had a great gift for writing and a great understanding of himself on a very deep level.

But his addictions and depression got the better of him and he relapsed. After discussions and open conversations Damien and staff agreed going back into treatment is what needed to happen. Damien and staff called Detox where he was able to get a bed and his plan was to return to a treatment program after detoxing.

Maybe a couple of months had passed when I was sitting in the office and heard an unmistakable laugh come from the front lobby. Damien had come by to say hello and let us know he was currently still at the treatment centre and was doing well.

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Conconi Covenant House Challenge – All Gifts Matched!

Bob Conconi and Covenant House are teaming up for the Conconi Covenant House Challenge!

Make a donation to Covenant House Vancouver before June 30th and your donation will be matched dollar for dollar by The Robert L. Conconi Foundation! You can double the impact of your gift.

Bob and Diane were first introduced to Covenant House when their daughter Victoria and son Adam volunteered for our Thank-a-Thon program while in high school. Since then, the family has followed the work of Covenant House Vancouver, supporting our efforts to address the pressing issue of youth homelessness. You can learn more about Bob, his family and The Robert L. Conconi Foundation here.

Bob believes, “Each of us has a responsibility in life to leave this world a better place than we found it…” and the Conconi Covenant House Challenge is a way to make the world a better place.

We are encouraging all our supporters to take advantage of Bob’s generosity – make a donation today knowing your gift of any amount will be matched! All donations qualify to be matched make a donation online, by phone (604-638-4438) or through the mail.

Special thanks to Bob Conconi and The Robert L. Conconi Foundation for their incredible support.

For more information, please contact:

Laura Pashkewych,
Development Officer,
Foundation & Corporate Giving
604.639.8935
lpashkewych@covenanthousebc.org

the conconi's bob and diane