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Report: The State of Homelessness in Canada 2013

"The State of Homelessness in Canada: 2013 is the first extensive Canadian report card on homelessness. This report examines what we know about homelessness, the historical, social and economic context in which it has emerged, demographic features of the problem, and potential solutions. The State of Homelessness provides a starting point to inform the development of a consistent, evidence-based approach towards ending homelessness." - The Homeless Hub

To download "The State of Homelessness in Canada: 2013" click here.

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Grade 1 class at École Bilingue donate handmade quilt for our youth

The grade 1 class at École Bilingue designed & sewed a quilt with help from teacher Ariella Cepelinski and parents. The students wrote messages on the quilt about what they love.  After discussing what to do with the quilt the class/teacher decided to give it to Covenant House to help brighten the lives of the youth we work with.

The quilt is truly beautiful and will bring so much joy to our young people. Thank you École Bilingue!

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Holly finds family and friends at Covenant House

Recently, I have been working with a young lady called Holly. She has a heart of gold but has grown up in an unstable and unhealthy home environment. She has taken quite a bit of abuse from her family and over the years learned to loathe herself. She did not know any better. The lack of self-esteem was quite evident. She really needed a lot of encouragement around keeping clean, and tidying her room. She would often put other people’s needs ahead of hers because she prefers not to take care of herself because she thinks she doesn’t deserve to be taken care of.

When Holly found her way to the Crisis Shelter, we witnessed an amazing and beautiful response from the other youth towards her. She instantly became everyone’s little sister. A few of the boys became protective and took her under their wing. She later moved into ROP where the love continued, a few people took the time to get to know her, laughed with her and stood up for her. They loved her like family and even though she still struggles with loving herself, she has family here who love her and that is the most important thing in the world.

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Covenant House Vancouver is looking for people to join our biker gang!

On October 4th, Covenant House Vancouver is participating in the Ride for Refuge, a non-competitive bicycling fundraiser. Covenant House is one of over 180 participating charities focused on helping the displaced, vulnerable and exploited.  The Vancouver ride is located in Richmond (no hills!), but there are a number of ride locations to choose from.

If you’d like to fundraise and ride for Covenant House (as a team captain or team member) please visit the Ride for Refuge website.  Don’t forget to choose Covenant House Vancouver as your charity of choice when setting up your team! More information also available in brochure here.

For more information on Covenant House or if you have questions, please contact:

Mark Savard
Development Officer – Community Giving
Covenant House Vancouver
604-639-8922 (direct)

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