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Join our Thank-a-Thon Team!

Thank-a-Thons are fun-filled evenings where volunteers get together and call our donors just to say “thank-you”. Because we are primarily privately funded, it is important for us to be able to reach our donors and thank them personally for the difference they make in our young peoples’ lives.

In February and in the spring volunteers will meet at Covenant House every Monday and Tuesday from 5:00pm-7:30pm. You can sign up to volunteer for one Thank-a-Thon or as many as you like!

Thank-a-Thons are ideal for families, school, church and corporate groups who would like to volunteer together. If you would like to volunteer or learn more please call Amanda Emes at 604-639-8920 or email   aemes@covenanthousebc.org

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Peer's give compassion and support to new youth

As someone who has worked in this field for only a few years, and at Covenant House as a Youth Worker for only a matter of months, I have already come to experience the difficulties of this line of work. I have also learned that it is the little moments that make my job so worthwhile and so fulfilling. While I spend a great deal of time each week in the shelter environment, I am still very much an outsider when it comes to truly knowing what it is like to live here. 

We had a youth come to us recently who had never stayed at Covenant House before, not to mention never having stayed in any shelter. This youth arrived feeling fearful, anxious, and incredibly sad. As a team we tried to make the intake process and her first night in our Crisis Program as comfortable as possible. As I left work that night I could not help but wonder how we could best support this youth in addressing her challenges and how that would be impeded by her intense emotions about being in such a foreign environment.

The following morning as I returned to work, I saw the youth sitting at a table with another resident who has been staying with us for some time now. I was eager to check in with this new youth, who was still appearing quite fragile and sad. However, wanting to encourage her to spend time with some other residents, I decided to hold off for a bit to encourage their conversation.  During that conversation and for the rest of the next two days I saw that it was the interactions with the other youth staying with us that really helped to make our new resident feel more safe and settled in our shelter space. 

Of course having a supportive staff presence made a difference too, but it was the comfort of a peer group that really went the distance. By the end of the weekend I joined the group for dinner and was so happy to see the new youth and the rest of our group having a cheerful, supportive conversation over some food. I felt proud of our newcomer for her bravery in adapting to a new and scary situation. I felt proud of our other youth for taking the time out of their days to be supportive of others and show compassion. Most of all, I felt proud of the work we do here that provides the space and groundwork for such moments to take place. 

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It's not too late to honour your loved ones with a Valentine's card from Covenant House

You can show your loved ones how much you care this Valentine's Day by making an in honour donation to Covenant House Vancouver! Not only will you help a young person in need, your Valentine will get a online or paper card notifying them of your donation and you will get a tax receipt. It's a triple win - our youth, your loved one and you!

An in honour Valentine's Day Card can be e-mailed or mailed to your loved one and you can personalize the message.

Donate online here or call 604-638-GIFT (4438).

donation in honour of valentines day 

We are honoured to be the family our young people need

A family does many things. It provides basic needs, educates and instills value and identity. But most importantly, it provides love. The young people we see at Covenant House Vancouver have often grown up without loving parents and have begun their lives without the safety and security most of us take for granted.

This month we celebrate Family Day, a day dedicated to sharing time with the ones we love and who love us.  What about youth who don’t have a loving family with whom to spend the day?  For many of our youth,  we  are their family. We are the ones that provide their basic needs, educate them and instill value and identity. We care for them the way our parents cared for us.
 
Our job at Covenant House is to be a reminder of hope and possibility - to present these damaged and broken young people with a way off the streets and show them the road to health, happiness and a future that is theirs to choose. We are honoured to be the family these young people need and deserve.
 
Family Day is February 9th, please consider giving a  gift  so that we can continue to be the family our youth need and deserve. Thank you for being a part of our Covenant House Family!

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Brunch fun at ROP

Our ROP youth were busy on the weekend cooking up a storm! The youth created lots of amazing food for brunch including fruit salad, deviled eggs, open-faced sandwiches and of course bacon!

It was a fun morning and everyone enjoyed the delicious brunch! 

ROP brunch pictures 

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