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It’s the little things that matter

The Rights of Passage program received donated tickets to the Stanley Park Bright Lights/Stanley Park Christmas Train. I thought this would be a good opportunity to get out with some of the youth and relationship build as I recently made the switch from the Crisis Program to Rights of Passage, so I was quick to throw my hand up offering to take the lead on this outing.

Five youth came with me, which was more than I thought would come. On our walk to Stanley Park, there was non-stop laughter, conversations of all kinds were being had and everyone was taking part in them which was really awesome to see. A few of the youth made comments about how this would be their first time going to the ‘Bright Nights at Stanley Park’ and how excited they were to see them. When we got there, we walked around and looked at the lights before going on the train. It put an instant smile on my face seeing the youth so excited. To me, the smiles on their faces indicated that they had briefly forgotten about whatever was going on in their personal lives and they were just being kids for a little while. I know that Christmas can be a difficult time of year for some of the youth so being able to put a smile on their face around the holidays really warmed my heart.

On our way back I asked the youth if they wanted to stop for some hot chocolate – they all said yes without hesitation. Might as well end the evening with a large cup of sugar (Ha ha)! Walking back to Covenant House with our hot chocolates in hand, one of the youth who was walking next to me said, “I really needed that, thanks so much for taking us”. I simply smiled and replied, “Thank you for coming”. I don’t know if it was the smile on that youths face as she thanked me or the fact that I got to be part of all these youth being kids for just a little while that made me realize once again that I really do love what I do.

I’ve been a youth worker for a while now and I’ve realized that it really is the little things that matter. You may not think that the walk you went on with a youth, or that coffee you had with them is a big deal but to them it means so much more. You may not think the little things you do make a difference, but they do. I’m so proud to work for an organization like Covenant House Vancouver that allows me to do these little things that not only make the youth feel special but that provides me with fulfillment and also makes me realize time and time again how much I love my job.  

Stanely Park Bright Nights Train Picture

Young Professionals - Join the Sleep Out Movement!

The Sleep Out Movement is an opportunity for all of us to come together and make an immediate and lasting impact on the homeless young people who receive care from Covenant House Vancouver.

While the Sleep Out does include taking a piece of cardboard and a sleeping bag and spending the night outside, the Sleep Out is not about pretending to be homeless. It’s about showing a group of kids unconditional love and absolute respect - proving that you care enough about them to be uncomfortable for one night, to be vulnerable so they can be safe.

The funds raised by Sleep Out participants are put to work immediately, keeping the lights on and the doors open for the thousands of kids who will seek help this year and will directly support our mental health and addictions programs.

Join the Movement and change a life today!

To learn more click here or if you have questions contact:

Kim Wing

Sleep Out: Young Professionals

LGM Financial Services celebrates the season by ‘Giving Back’

Thank you to LGM Financial Services for living their core value of ‘giving back’ to the community by hosting a clothing and donation drive for Covenant House Vancouver! In December, LGM staff will be donating much-needed coats, sweaters, socks and other clothing items for Covenant House youth. Recently, one of our staff was invited to LGM for a ‘lunch and learn’ to share information about Covenant House. Thank you for the warm welcome and interest in our programs and services.

We are grateful to LGM Financial Services for being a philanthropic leader in our community.

Thank you to LGM Financial Services

Last chance to get your Christmas Backpack donations in!

Our Christmas Backpack packing day and youth Christmas party are fast approaching if you have been collecting items or still want to make a donation to this campaign time is running out. We are asking that all donations come in by Friday December 16th at the latest as our Christmas elves will be busy putting our backpacks together on Saturday December 17th.

Click here for details on when and where to drop off donations. Any donations that come in after the 16th will be saved for next Christmas or distributed throughout the year to our young people. 

Ways to donate to the Covenant House Vancouver Christmas Backpack Campaign:

1. Contribute to our costs

It costs $150 to fill a backpack with gifts. Help us purchase one whole backpack for a youth in need. Contribute this amount  here

2. Include us in your holiday shopping  

Take the  backpack inventory list    with you on your holiday shopping trips! Feel free to contribute any or all of the items on our list. 

3.  Purchase a completed backpack through Army & Navy

Order the items  online  through our partnership with Army & Navy and have them shipped directly to us. 

Our top needed items are:

1. Hoodies
2. T-shirt
3. $5 Gift Cards
4. Gloves
5. Men's Boxers/ Women's Underwear

For further details click  here  and if you have questions please contact:
Marissa Barrie

Christmas Backpacks for youth in need.

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