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Open discussions help get Damien on the right path

“Damien” came to us after being in a treatment program for addiction. He had struggled with addiction for a long time but was very open about his challenges. As time went on we got to know him in the Shelter and he became very much liked by everyone as he was such a nice guy with a genuine big, bright smile. He attended support meetings and was working hard at managing his addictions and staying sober. Damien shared some of his writing with us including poetry and short stories. He truly had a great gift for writing and a great understanding of himself on a very deep level.

But his addictions and depression got the better of him and he relapsed. After discussions and open conversations Damien and staff agreed going back into treatment is what needed to happen. Damien and staff called Detox where he was able to get a bed and his plan was to return to a treatment program after detoxing.

Maybe a couple of months had passed when I was sitting in the office and heard an unmistakable laugh come from the front lobby. Damien had come by to say hello and let us know he was currently still at the treatment centre and was doing well.

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Conconi Covenant House Challenge – All Gifts Matched!

Bob Conconi and Covenant House are teaming up for the Conconi Covenant House Challenge!

Make a donation to Covenant House Vancouver before June 30th and your donation will be matched dollar for dollar by The Robert L. Conconi Foundation! You can double the impact of your gift.

Bob and Diane were first introduced to Covenant House when their daughter Victoria and son Adam volunteered for our Thank-a-Thon program while in high school. Since then, the family has followed the work of Covenant House Vancouver, supporting our efforts to address the pressing issue of youth homelessness. You can learn more about Bob, his family and The Robert L. Conconi Foundation here.

Bob believes, “Each of us has a responsibility in life to leave this world a better place than we found it…” and the Conconi Covenant House Challenge is a way to make the world a better place.

We are encouraging all our supporters to take advantage of Bob’s generosity – make a donation today knowing your gift of any amount will be matched! All donations qualify to be matched make a donation online, by phone (604-638-4438) or through the mail.

Special thanks to Bob Conconi and The Robert L. Conconi Foundation for their incredible support.

For more information, please contact:

Laura Pashkewych,
Development Officer,
Foundation & Corporate Giving
604.639.8935
lpashkewych@covenanthousebc.org

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Brian slowly started seeing the potential in himself

Brian began his journey with Covenant House approximately a year ago when he found himself homeless. He came to us only knowing the ways of the street and confrontation & anger were the only way he knew how to communicate. His first attempt at staying with Covenant House didn’t last long and staff wondered if they would ever see him again. To our surprise, Brian came in and out of Shelter, sometimes for a day sometimes for a couple weeks. It often takes our young people multiple “tries” or stays with us as they transition away from street life.   

Staff began to notice small changes in Brian’s attitude as he started seeing the potential in himself. His self-awareness seemed heightened and he also began addressing the barriers to his success. During Brian’s most recent stay in Shelter, he has made great steps towards securing employment. He has also taken steps towards addressing more deep rooted issues in his life. Brian seems to be proud of the strides he’s taken and the achievements he’s made and so are we.

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