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3 Days Until KickOff Vancouver World Cup 2014

KickOff Canada is a registered non-profit organization that hosts soccer events throughout our city raising money for various charities. It was started by 5 individuals that have witnessed the impact of soccer in impoverished communities around the world. They have seen the power soccer has and KickOff’s aim is to use the sport as their platform to assist charities and communities that are in need of assistance and bring awareness to the amazing work they are doing.

At 11:00 am on June 7th at Andy Livingstone Park, 16 teams from all around Vancouver will represent 16 countries and battle it out in a 7-a-side charity tournament. The three charities that are benefitting from this event are Covenant House Vancouver, Blind Beginnings and One World Futbol.

To learn more about KickOff Canada click here and be sure to head down to Andy Livingstone Park on June 7th to cheer the teams on!

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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”

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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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