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First time youth Sheila is grateful to be in our Crisis Program

“Sheila” a first time youth, recently came to Covenant House Vancouver from her treatment program. Sheila was not from Vancouver but was sent down here for residential treatment for help with drugs and alcohol. Being that Sheila was not from Vancouver she had nowhere to go and no one to stay with. Her treatment program suggested she try Covenant House. After her intake Sheila was given a tour of the Crisis Program. The whole time she was being shown the around she could not believe what an amazing space it was for youth. And when she was shown the hygiene cabinet she could not believe that she had access to all of these items during her stay. When I informed her that all of the items were donated, she was so thankful to all of the people whom had donated items to the Crisis Program to support individuals like her. Sheila then began to introduce herself to all of the other youth and told them how happy she was to be here.

Sheila’s gratitude continued on through the evening and during meal time she mentioned how nicely the meal had been prepared and how good it tasted. She also continued to express gratitude that a place like Covenant House is providing her an opportunity to focus on her sobriety and get her life back in order. Sheila then began to tell me about all of her goals while staying in our Crisis Program and could not be happier for the support she will get from her youth workers.

As a youth worker in the Crisis Program, most of the youth that access the program for the first time feel sad that their choices or life circumstances have led them to a shelter. It has been awhile since I have had a youth that is overjoyed to be in our Crisis Program. It was also heart-warming to hear all the kind things Sheila had to say about the program and all about those who donate to program so homeless youth can have their basic needs met in a safe environment. 

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The Orange Door Project is bring housing & hope to homeless youth

The Home Depot Canada Foundation is dedicated to taking action to put an end to youth homelessness in Canada through The Orange Door Project fundraising campaign.

The following Home Depot stores have selected Covenant House Vancouver to be the charitable recipient of all proceeds they raise throughout the campaign:

The Home Depot Vancouver 900 Terminal Ave
The Home Depot Richmond 2700 Sweden Way
The Home Depot Vancouver Cambie 2388 Cambie St

Between May 28 and July 2, purchase a $2 paper door at the checkout of these stores and give homeless youth the housing, support and hope they need to live safe, healthy and productive lives.

Encourage your friends, family members, neighbours and colleagues to support the campaign today!

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"Tech’s got Talent" a lip-synch battle for local charities

20 Vancouver technology companies are going head-to-head in an epic lip-synch battle to raise $50,000 for local kids charities including Covenant House Vancouver!  Team ACL has picked Covenant House Vancouver as its charity and has been working hard to fundraise for our young people. GO ACL!

Event Details:

  • Date: Wednesday, June 24th
  • Time: 6:30pm (doors open at 6pm)
  • Location: Five Sixty - 560 Seymour St. 

What will the winning teams be awarded?

A panel of local celebrity judges will award the following prizes at the end of the evening:

1) Grand Prize Lip Sync Winner - $2500 to local charity of choice
2) First Runner Up - $1500 to local charity of choice
3) Second Runner Up - $500 to local charity of choice

More information can be found here and you can buy tickets here

We invite you to come out and cheer on ACL and all the other great technology companies. A  big thanks to  Chimp for hosting this event!

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Keeping our youth safe & cool in the summer heat

When we think of homeless people and weather we generally worry about it being too cold not too hot but summer weather can have a negative impact on the homeless as well. Homeless people often lack places to get fresh water and areas to stay cool. At Covenant House Vancouver we prepare for the heat and make sure our youth that are living outside have proper supplies. We provide water bottles and water, sunscreen, cool clothing and remind them to take it easy and seek shade when it is hot.

If you want to help homeless youth this summer here are a few things we always need: reusable water bottles*, sunscreen, bathing suites, flip flops and summer clothing. If you have questions about donating please email or call Amy  at  or 604-639-8937.

Also when you are out and about this summer keep an eye on all people and check in with them if they are looking ill.  When we work together as a community we can all have a happy, fun and safe summer!

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