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A big thank you TD Bank Group!

TD Bank Group recently donated a box suite to the Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins hockey game. 13 young people from our Crisis Program were treated to the exciting evening out that included delicious snacks, pop, and of course cheering for the home team!

Despite the disappointing Canucks loss, our youth had an absolutely incredible time and one wanted to thank TD directly: “Best hockey game of my life! Thank You!”

TD Bank Group also generously donated $13,000 this past winter to our Give a Day, Build a Life campaign. Their support will provide two full days of care to all 25 young people in the Rights of Passage program. TD is giving these youth the opportunity to live in supportive housing and learn vital life skills as they transition to independent living.

Thank you TD Bank Group! We are incredibly grateful for your continued dedication to improving the lives of homeless and at-risk youth!

Picture from Vancouver Canuck Game

Thanks to TD our youth attended a Vancouver Canuck game

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Less than one month until Sleep Out: Mothers Edition!

On May 4, 2017, we are challenging mothers to spend one night sleeping on the street, with just a sleeping bag and piece of cardboard. But it's not about pretending to be homeless. It's about showing a group of young people that they are worthy of unconditional love and absolute respect.

Sleep Out: Mothers Edition   will raise funds to support our  Street Outreach  program. Travelling on foot, Outreach Workers are often the "face" of Covenant House.  They offer food, counselling, minor medical attention. They take great care to build relationships with youth, and encourage them to come to our Crisis Program or Drop-In Centre.

You can stand with our sleepers & young people:

Make a donation to support a Sleep Out participant
  Join the movement and  Sleep Out   
 Be part of the conversation on social media and share posts using the hashtag #CHSleepOut

If you have questions or want to learn more, please contact:

Kim Wing
Development Officer - Special Events
kwing@covenanthousebc.org
604-639-8916

One hug made all the difference for Andrew...

Andrew spent his early childhood in many different foster homes. When he was in kindergarten he watched a woman, Sandy, walk several of his classmates to school every day and hug each one goodbye. Sandy was a daycare provider and these were the children in her care. One day Andrew asked her, “Are you the Mom to all these kids?”

Sandy explained that she was not, and that their parents had gone to work so she was in charge of taking them to school.

“Why do you hug them, then?” he asked. “So that they know they are loved and cared for, and so I can wish them a good day because their Moms and Dads couldn’t be here,” she explained.

Then Andrew asked, “Could you hug me?”

And she did, from that day on. Soon, Sandy discovered that Andrew was in foster care. She told her husband and older son about him many times. “My older son said, ‘Mum, you talk about him every day. He’s in foster care. Why don’t we adopt him?’” Sandy said. Andrew felt the same way: when Sandy asked him what he wanted for Christmas, he said it was to be adopted.

Sandy and her husband started the paperwork that December, and by the end of the kindergarten year, Andrew was their son. To say that Andrew is grateful that he found Sandy would be an understatement.  His gratitude is matched by his adoptive parents, Sandy and Mark, who feel  lucky and privileged to be his parents.

Andrew is 14 years old now, and he wants homeless youth to have the same chance at a happy life that he got. This past Fall Andrew wrote to us and said he would be collecting twoonies as a fundraiser for Covenant House. He told us he hoped it would make an impact – at that time we had no idea just how big an impact Andrew would soon make.

Andrew’s story and his fundraising efforts were shared by the media. The response from the community in support of Andrew and Covenant House was incredible. Andrew set up a fundraising page “Twoonies for Teens” and soon he had raised $1000 and so he raised his goal. As word of his story spread, he had to raise his goal and again and again. To date, Andrew has raised over $42,000 for homeless youth!

Andrew is a remarkable young man and we are truly inspired by his commitment to giving back and to helping other young people who are less fortunate.  A huge thank you to Andrew and his entire family for all they have done for the youth at Covenant House! 

Please donate today to help homeless young people feel cared for. 

Andrew and his mom Sandy

 

Free Vancouver Walking Tours in Support of Homeless Youth

Explore Vancouver’s Art Deco history and architecture on monthly free Vancouver walking tours. On your Art Deco walking tour you’ll hear how Art Deco swept out of Paris in the 1920s and took North America by storm. It’s the story of how war, technology, immigration, fashion, social upheaval, and archeology succeeded in tearing up the rule book on architecture.

Downtown Vancouver hosts some Art Deco beauties – from the streamlined sophistication of the Vogue Theatre, to the ornate decadence of the Marine Building, and much more in between! On the walking tour you’ll unlock the history of these remarkable buildings. You’ll also visit the Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver Art Gallery, and Canada Post building – they ain’t Art Deco but they do have a story to tell!

Forbidden Vancouver has partnered with Covenant House Vancouver. If you’re coming on one of the free Vancouver walking tours, we encourage you to donate to support Covenant House. Your donation will make a real contribution to ending youth homelessness in Vancouver. Please consider bringing a cash or cheque donation of $25 per person to the tour. Other donation amounts are welcome too – whatever you feel comfortable with. 100% of the collected funds will be given directly to Covenant House.

Tours are the first Thursday of every month starting at 10:00am. You can learn more and sign up here

Free Vancouver walking tours in support of CHV

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