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Shelter Cooking Group Creates Amazing Bannock Tacos

Every Saturday evening, the youth in the Shelter have an opportunity to cook under the supervision of youth workers. Cooking is a great life skill for our young people to learn and a terrific time to build relationships. Together they make a variety of foods ranging from cookies to stir-fry to soup. One evening, the youth had decided to make bannock tacos. Excited, the youth got straight to cooking and even made double the batch provided on the recipe! As the clock rolled to 9:00 PM (snack time), the other youth, who weren’t participating, came down to the dining room greeted with the smell of fresh bannock. When the cooking group started, the rule has been: when the food is created by the youth, it belongs to that youth who participated. To the Youth Workers’ surprise, the group who created the bannock tacos decided to share their creation with all of the other youth. There was even enough food for the staff to sample some. The food was great and everyone was happy & full. Now every time there are bannock tacos planned – everyone comes running into the kitchen!

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Sweat Co.'s "Let Them Eat Cake" 30th Anniversary & Fundraiser

Join Sweat Co. to help them celebrate their 30th Anniversary! This special evening will be in support of Covenant House and Project Limelight. The event will be held on Saturday, February 15 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM at 736 Richards St in Vancouver.


-The Theme - "Marie Antoinette - Let Them Eat Cake!"
-Delicious canapés by Hawksworth Restaurant
-Decadent Beverages
-Silent Auction
-Formal attire (keeping in mind the "Marie Antoinette" theme - anything goes!)
-Lots of surprises!

Tickets and more info are available here.

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Rights of Passage benefits from the generosity of the Mischa Weisz Foundation

Rights of Passage has once again been the recipient of a wonderful gift from the Mischa Weisz Foundation.

Mischa Weisz sadly passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2009, but his generous spirit lives on through his foundation which supports disadvantaged children and youth, or those suffering from a debilitating health problem or disease. Mischa’s life framed his generosity. A self-made millionaire who founded TNS Smart Network, he wanted to leave a legacy before he passed away; creating the Mischa Weisz Foundation in order to continue to support the causes that were important to him.

This gift in Mischa’s memory will go towards providing the youth in Rights of Passage with the skills that they need for living on their own, free from a life of homelessness. For many of our youth, Rights of Passage is the capstone of their time with Covenant House Vancouver. 

It is truly a transformative time in their journey toward independence. This program focuses on teaching life skills; cooking, cleaning, creating a budget and so much more. Each young person lives in a semi-independent room with their own bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette, but still have the support of both their youth worker and the greater Rights of Passage community. By teaching these skills in a structured environment of love and respect, we ensure that they leave this program ready to successfully navigate independent living.

The youth in this program are committed to creating a brighter future for themselves, and we are so grateful that that the Mischa Weisz Foundation is committed to making that possible!

"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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