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"I am very lucky to work here and to see for myself how much we mean to the people who need us."

I was recently at a dinner for my friend’s birthday, it was at a restaurant and we were at a large table full of people I hadn’t met before. A couple seats down and across the table from me was a very friendly, smiling girl who introduced herself and asked what I did for a living. I proudly let her know that I work at the Crisis Shelter one of the programs at Covenant House Vancouver. She very knowingly grinned at me stating she was quite familiar with us. Most people give me this response and tell me a story about a donation they made or a person they once heard about that had to use our services. She went onto say that she would love to tell me how she knows Covenant House so well but maybe not across the dinner table.

Upon her departure that evening she came around to my side of the table and told me that she stayed in our Shelter in 2002 and it absolutely saved her life. She said she has no idea what she would have done or where she would be right now if she didn’t discover our services. She has been clean from hard drugs for 10 years now and has a child whom she adores. She said Sister Nancy Brown still calls her every 6 months just to see how she is. I congratulated her on her clean time and she said “I owe it all to Covenant House”. I said “I am glad we were there for you but you did all the work, it is all you, your courage and determination is the reason you are clean.”

I am always very proud to tell people where I work and am often given encouragement and praise for it. This was an unexpected and extremely uplifting encounter though. I am very lucky to work here and to see for myself how much we mean to the people who need us.

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KMA Cares: Christmas is over, Homelessness isn't!

Whether it's to socialize with other students, grab a few drinks & watch the game or show off your beer pong skills; make sure you're at Ceili's Irish Pub, Thursday Jan. 23rd for KMA Cares: Christmas is over, Homelessness isn't!

$20 burger & beer tickets
$10 beer tickets
Game night: Canucks vs. Predators
Beer pong tournament
50/50 draw

Many of us were fortunate enough to have enjoyed a merry season of giving but, the reality is youth homelessness remains a prominent issue in Vancouver; which is why this event has pledged all proceeds towards supporting Covenant House Vancouver.

For more info and to buy tickets click here.

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Announcing Girl’s Nights at CHV

Yesterday marked the first Girl’s Night at Covenant House and it featured a night of pampering. Our young ladies were able to get their nails & hair done and have a relaxing spa night. The girls were even given beauty & bath products from donations that they could keep and take home.

Each completely free Girl’s Night will feature an activity, snacks and bus tickets are provided. Young women 16-24 will have the opportunity to connect and have fun in a safe, welcoming space with the support of our youth workers. Girl’s Nights will be held on the 3rd Monday of every month from 7pm until 9pm.

Some upcoming Girl’s Nights include:

-Jewelry Making (February 17th)
-Yoga/Fitness Night
-Movie Night
-Nature Walk and Flower Pressing

If you are a young lady and have questions or want more information about Girl’s Nights at Covenant House Vancouver please feel free to call 604-639-8931.

Girls Nights Beauty Night

Girls Nights Beauty Night

Girls Nights Beauty Night

Girls Nights Beauty Night

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Kelsey's Determination & Courage

As a youth worker in the Crisis Shelter, I find that day after day I am touched by the strength and courage of the youth that come to Covenant House Vancouver. In particular, a Shelter youth named Kelsey, whose determination and courage to overcome her addiction really touched my heart.

This was Kelsey’s first stay at the Shelter. When I first met Kelsey she was quiet, kept to herself, and spent most of her time out of Shelter with her boyfriend. During her first stay she had did not return to the Shelter one night because she stayed out drinking with her boyfriend. Kelsey came back to the Shelter a while later for a second stay and this time she shared that she struggles with alcohol; particularly, binge drinking. During this stay Kelsey stated she wants to work on her sobriety and get back to being independent. Since her re-intake she has begun to open up to staff, participate in outings, and has been getting to know other youth in the Shelter. It can often take youth a few stays before they open up to staff about their issues and history, youth workers build relationships with our young people to slow build up the level of trust.

When doing Kelsey’s assessment (a tool we use to get to know the youth better) her story almost brought me to tears. After we completed her assessment she burst into tears and said “I can’t believe how well I am doing”, “Thank you Covenant House, if it was not for all of you I would not be doing this well”, “Thanks to each and every one you”. Hearing Kelsey’s gratitude almost brought me to tears again because I was so proud that she could see how well she was doing. I also realized that it is her courage and determination that has got her to this point, and that we have only guided her along the way.

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