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Barry receives the support he needs from his Covenant House family

Barry came to us in dire need of support. Barry had stayed with us in the Shelter recently, and was successful in completing his plan of finding employment and a place of his own. It wasn’t long before he was happily on his way. Unfortunately, the place Barry moved into was crawling with bedbugs. It was so bad that he had resorted to sleeping in his bathtub because he was being eaten alive by the night time critters. 

We have taken Barry back into the Shelter while his place is being fumigated. Thankfully, we have a bed bug protocol that helps prevent the bed bug incidents from happening in our Shelter. We have taken his belongings and disinfected them through a process of many industrial washes. His body is healing from his bites and we have gotten him everything that he needs from the clinic to treat the bites…poor guy. 

We are not sending Barry back to his place until it has been fully treated by the professionals. It’s kind of cool that we are able to support youth that have already gained their independence by being here as a place of respite in their time of need. It’s important that our youth know that we are always here for them, because to a lot of the youth, we are the only “family” they have. I’m so glad that we are here.

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Two fun & easy ways to volunteer this fall!

1. Thank-a-Thon’s

Thank-a-Thon's are fun-filled evenings where volunteers get together and call our donors just to say “thank-you”. Because we are primarily privately funded, it is important for us to be able to reach our donors and thank them personally for the difference they make in our young peoples’ lives.

Starting Monday October 20, volunteers will meet at Covenant House every Monday and Tuesday from 5:00pm-7:30pm. You can sign up to volunteer for one Thank-a-Thon or as many as you like!

2. Backpack Elves

Help us spread Christmas cheer to our young people by helping us with our Christmas Backpack Program. We need volunteers to help us sort and organize our backpack items as well as help us pack and decorate the backpacks. If you love Christmas and want to help put a smile on a young person’s faces this is the volunteer position for you.

Both of these volunteer opportunities are ideal for families, school, church and corporate groups who would like to volunteer together. If you would like to volunteer or learn more about either of these volunteer opportunities please call Amanda Emes at 604-639-8920 or email aemes@covenanthousebc.org.

If you can give us a couple hours of your time, we can guarantee you a positive, uplifting experience!

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We invite you to create a team and join us in the Ride for Refuge for Covenant House Vancouver!

On October 4th, Covenant House Vancouver is participating in the Ride for Refuge, a non-competitive bicycling fundraiser. Covenant House is one of over 180 participating charities focused on helping those who are displaced, vulnerable and exploited.  The Vancouver ride is located in Richmond (no hills!), but there are a number of ride locations to choose from.

If you’d like to fundraise and ride for Covenant House (as a team captain or team member) please visit the Ride for Refuge website.  Don’t forget to choose Covenant House Vancouver as your charity of choice when setting up your team! More information is also available in a brochure here.

If you can't join us for the ride but still want to support us. Consider sponsoring one of our Covenant House team members on the :

COVENANT HOUSE CRUISERS or COVENANT HOUSE FREEWHEELERS

For more information on Covenant House or if you have questions, please contact:

Mark Savard
Development Officer – Community Giving
Covenant House Vancouver
604-639-8922 (direct)
savard@covenanthousebc.org

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Coast Capital Savings donates $25,000 for our Rights of Passage program

Recently, we were fortunate to receive a generous $25,000 gift from Coast Capital Savings for our Rights of Passage program! This gift will allow us to continue to provide for those young people in our care who need some extra help in learning how to live on their own. Our staff teach them important life skills such as how to clean their home, develop and stick to a budget, manage relationships with landlords and roommates, and have an action plan for school and work. Best of all, this program takes place in their own studio suites in our facility, giving them an accurate experience of living in their own home.

Coast Capital Savings is helping to build a richer future for youth in our communities. This means addressing important issues that youth are facing today by engaging and empowering them, and providing financial and in-kind support in ways that will have a positive impact on their future.

Thank you to everyone at Coast Capital Savings for being there for our young people!

                             
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