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Cheryl’s Christmas Surprise

We wanted to share a special story from last Christmas morning to help get everyone in the spirit:

It was Cheryl’s first Christmas at Covenant House. This was her third stay at our Crisis Program and she had lasted 2 ½ months during this current stay which was amazing since this youth often complained about various aspects of living in a structured environment. On Christmas  morning, Cheryl was unusually chipper. Especially after finding a surprise backpack labelled specifically for her outside her bedroom door, which contained various Christmas goodies and gift cards. Cheryl then greeted us with a “Merry Christmas”.

She politely but doubtfully asked if there was a pair of ear phones she could borrow since she had lost hers. As it turns out, Covenant House had a box of wrapped gifts for the youth waiting to be handed out; the gifts were MP3 Players with earphones! Cheryl was pleasantly surprised and she unwrapped the gift as though Santa knew what was on her wish list. She so excited, just like every kid at Christmas. Cheryl sat at a table in our common space with a permanent smile as she opened and examined the gift.

Cheryl was then directed to check under the Christmas tree where there was small gift bags with more treats. As the day went on, Cheryl laughed and joked with co-residents. In the afternoon, a youth worker escorted the youth to Robson Square for a Christmas skate. On the walk there, a youth worker overheard Cheryl telling her co-residents that this has been the best Christmas in the last three years. When Cheryl arrived at the ice rink, it was clear that ice skating was not her forte but she spent the entire time taking baby steps. Just like she has been taking baby steps with us at Covenant House!

Christmas tree image

 

We went very "Casual for Covenant House" yesterday

Casual Day is held in support of our ‘Give a Day, Build a Life’ Campaign.  Our goal is to cover all the costs involved with running Covenant House’s transitional living program – Rights of Passage – for the entire month of December.

Our staff take casual to the next level in pj's !

Our team goes casual for Covenant House in PJ's  

Today is GivingTuesday - A day dedicated to giving back!

Imagine a day dedicated to giving back … around the world, across Canada and in your own community! Just as Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season, GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season.

GivingTuesday is a Canadian movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. It is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others.What will YOU  do  for #GivingTuesday? Be sure to share what you do with the hash tag #GivingTuesdayCa and check out  givingtuesday.ca    for more info.

If you are looking for ways to give back to Covenant House Vancouver click  here. To donate to Covenant House Vancouver for GivingTuesday click here.

A big thank you to all our supporters, donors and volunteers who GIVE so much to our young people!

GivingTuesday 2015

 

The Giving Tree in support of Covenant House Vancouver

Perform Art Studios has created the “Giving Tree” to continue its support of Covenant House Vancouver. Their goal is to raise $500.00 to help the homeless youth of Vancouver for the holidays. To make this this happen they are selling tag decorations which you can write your name on and then hang on the tree. Minimum donations are $2.00 and tags can be purchased at Perform Art Studios and Lonsdale Quay.

How it works:

1. Donate a minimum of $2.00
2. Choose a tag and write your name
3. Find a branch on the tree and hang your tag
4. Feel good knowing you have helped homeless youth this holiday season

To learn more click here

Giving Tree at Perform Arts Studio 

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