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Her Excellency Sharon Johnston visits Covenant House Vancouver

Her Excellency Sharon Johnston, spouse of His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, visited Covenant House on September 18th and spent some time with our staff and young people. We were honoured to welcome Her Excellency and share with her some of the realities of being a homeless young person in Vancouver.  

Covenant House staff John Harvey, Kevin Van Buskirk, Her Excellency Sharon Johnston and Michelle Clausius 
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Covenant House staff John Harvey, Kevin Van Buskirk, Her Excellency Sharon Johnston and Michelle Clausius

Give a Day: Build a Life and help youth build a strong foundation for a bright future

Most of us are lucky enough to learn essential life skills from our families. We take for granted our ability to care for our physical and mental health, maneuver education and employment systems, budget, cook, and clean. But if you think about it, without a present and reliable caregiver, you would have large gaps in your knowledge and ability to navigate adulthood.

Rights of Passage (ROP), our long-term transitional housing program, teaches young people the life skills they need to achieve successful and self-sufficient lives. Youth in ROP are required to build strong foundations for their sustainable futures by furthering their education or expanding their employment experiences.

The inspiring young men and women in Rights of Passage are committed to changing their lives, but they need your help.

Today is the beginning of the Give a Day, Build a Life campaign - an opportunity to directly support these young people working hard at achieving brighter futures.  

Can you Give a Day to help our youth build a brighter future?

A gift of $6,500 will fully fund ROP for 24 hours, giving 25 young people a safe supportive home and opportunities to build strong foundations for self-sufficient futures. You will also let them know that people in their community care about and believe in them- such an inspiring gift!

We are looking for individuals, companies, and community groups to fund 24 hours of this life-changing program.  If you would like to Give a Day and contribute $6,500 to help all of the young people in ROP achieve brighter futures or would like to learn more about the Give a Day, Build a Life campaign, please contact Jessica Slater at or call 604-639-8925.

“Soon, I'm going to graduate and move out on my own. I feel able to do this because of all the support given to me by the staff. For the first time in my life I knew I could always count on seeing someone, even when I just want to be alone, if I needed someone there for me. With constant support, I've learned how to support myself.”

                                                                                                      -Rikki, current resident in ROP

Choice is one of our five core principals

Choice  - Young people often feel powerless to control their lives. They fall into a self-defeating cycle of failure. We encourage our youth to make serious choices about their futures. They must choose to change, believe they can make it, to believe that tomorrow can be better.

You can help our young people have a better  tomorrow.  Give  Today

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The Homeless Hub talks about Discrimination & Homelessness

The Homeless Hub recently shared and article about Discrimination & Homelessness. Shared below is an excerpt from the article and read the full article here

"Discrimination is linked to homelessness in several ways. The experience of discrimination in employment, housing and access to services can result in inadequate opportunities, education, income and compromised health, all of which can increase the risk of homelessness. "  - The Homeless Hub 

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Cooking up a storm with our Crisis Program Cooking Group

Each Saturday our Crisis Program offers a cooking and grocery shopping activity. Grocery shopping is a semi-new group that happens an hour before Cooking Group. The group encourages youth to come purchase the ingredients they will be using for the cooking activity. The Grocery Group gives our young people the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the prices of ingredients as well as the essence of each ingredient that will be used in a recipe. The group has a $20 budget to help show youth that they can cook great meals on a reasonable budget. Learning to shop and cook are important life skills for our young people to learn before they head out on their own plus it is a fun and healthy activity.  

Recently the cooking group has made salad rolls, banana bread, tacos and stir fry. Bon Appetite! 

Cooking group pictures.

Covenant House Vancouver Cooking Group.


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