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Stop the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth Awareness Week

The week of March 6th-12th, 2017 recognizes the importance of supporting communities to develop prevention, education, enforcement and intervention strategies to address the sexual exploitation of children and youth. Activities include a  fuchsia ribbon campaign and local school and community-based events held throughout the province.

Stopping the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth   is part of the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General’s Crime Prevention Information Series. It helps service providers, parents, guardians, teachers and others protect children and youth from sexual exploitation or leave exploitative situations.

Stop the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth Awareness Week

Top 3 Needed Gift-in-Kind Items

Our top needed GIK (Gift-in-Kind) items:

  • Soccer cleats
  • Wallets
  • Sports bras

To learn more about donating items to Covenant House Vancouver click  here    or if you have questions please call 604-639-8937. 

Needed Items

Billy finally has a supportive and safe place to call home

I had moved to working at the male Crisis Program when I first met Billy. He had been staying with us on and off for over a year and a lot of work had been done to try and support him with appropriate housing which had not worked out so far despite numerous attempts. Billy came from a background of growing up in Foster Care.

Billy struggled with living independently and with budgeting skills in particular. Billy also had some mental health issues and learning disabilities which he worked on during his time at Covenant House and he had been connected with other community resources as well. Over time Billy became more stable on his medications, was seeing mental health doctors regularly and built up great relationships with our youth workers. He also completed a job training program that connected him to a full time job he enjoyed and kept for 6 months.

Through a lot of hard work from his Case Manager, Billy finally secured supportive housing from a government run agency that met his specific needs after third time of applying. It was a great day for everyone involved after such a drawn out process that the housing supports and funding needed for this young man was finally acknowledged and finalized. After two and half years of coming to our services Billy now has his own space in a shared accommodation with a family who will support him with meals and daily tasks. He finally has a clean, supportive and safe place to call home. Although he developed an attachment with the staff in our Crisis Program he was definitely happy to be moving on to a more stable, long term setting. Our team is excited to see this young man move on with his life and achieve supported independence.

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Merci Beaucoup to Tour De Feast French Restaurant!

Recently  Tour De Feast French Restaurant invited 20 of our young people for dinner! Tour De Feast is nestled in the beautiful North shore, and has consistently drawn local food admirers and people from distant places and has earned a reputation for consistency. Our young people had an incredible time experiencing fine dining and mouth watering French food. It was an experience they won’t soon forget.

Merci Beaucoup to Tour De Feast French Restaurant for providing our young people with this delicious experience!

 Merci Beaucoup to Tour De Feast French Restaurant!

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Island Pacific School students fundraise $4,635 for Covenant House!

On February 15th a group of grade 9 students at Island Pacific School braved the cold sleeping outside overnight – the culmination of their work participating in Sleep Out: Student Edition. Island Pacific School students were able to raise $4,635 for Covenant House Vancouver. These young people demonstrated profound and unwavering support of peers less fortunate than themselves; Covenant House is grateful to the students, staff and parents for their hard work and dedication to the youth seeking out Covenant House’s help every day. 

The students spent the afternoon volunteering at Covenant House then tried to 'walk a mile' in the shoes of a street kid. The students walked around the Downtown Eastside in the pouring rain, found dinner for a twoonie and then slept on the gravel outside of a shed on school property. Although they were uncomfortable, wet and hungry and the teachers didn't hear one complaint. What they did hear were insightful and empathetic comments and thank you's for the experience. The teens were grateful to have a pancake breakfast the next morning before attending a full day of classes.

Below are some reflections that the kids wrote the morning after sleeping out. Their words will show you that this experience was valuable in creating perspective and appreciation:

Firstly it made me realize how lucky I am to have the things that I do (clothing, shelter, food, LOVE) Secondly, I am more aware of what Covenant House does and how their actions genuinely change lives of youth on the street. They give the youth the opportunity to “restart their lives” in a way, giving them the tools they need to give them better lives….This was a really eye opening experience that I’ll never forget. Thank you for letting me go through this.

I never thought there was much youth homelessness, once I heard the statistics (about 700 kids on any night in Vancouver) I was like.. .woah.. I REALLY need to do this Sleep Out”.

Last night’s Sleep Out was uncomfortable and cold. Luckily I had my friends around. But what if I didn’t have my friends? I couldn’t imagine how it would feel to be uncomfortable, cold and ALONE. Night after night.

What I had seen before was from the outside looking in - without truly understanding why or how. I came to realize the why and how throughout this experience and although we did not have to deal with the truly awful conditions that many street youth do I feel like I did gain some perspective into aspects of their life.

Thank you again to the Island Pacific School students for your dedication to homeless youth in your community!

For more information on Sleep Out: Student Edition please visit the website.

Island Pacific School students fundraise $4,635 for Covenant House!

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