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Choice is one of our five core principals

Choice  - Young people often feel powerless to control their lives. They fall into a self-defeating cycle of failure. We encourage our youth to make serious choices about their futures. They must choose to change, believe they can make it, to believe that tomorrow can be better.

You can help our young people have a better  tomorrow.  Give  Today

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The Homeless Hub talks about Discrimination & Homelessness

The Homeless Hub recently shared and article about Discrimination & Homelessness. Shared below is an excerpt from the article and read the full article here

"Discrimination is linked to homelessness in several ways. The experience of discrimination in employment, housing and access to services can result in inadequate opportunities, education, income and compromised health, all of which can increase the risk of homelessness. "  - The Homeless Hub 

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Cooking up a storm with our Crisis Program Cooking Group

Each Saturday our Crisis Program offers a cooking and grocery shopping activity. Grocery shopping is a semi-new group that happens an hour before Cooking Group. The group encourages youth to come purchase the ingredients they will be using for the cooking activity. The Grocery Group gives our young people the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the prices of ingredients as well as the essence of each ingredient that will be used in a recipe. The group has a $20 budget to help show youth that they can cook great meals on a reasonable budget. Learning to shop and cook are important life skills for our young people to learn before they head out on their own plus it is a fun and healthy activity.  

Recently the cooking group has made salad rolls, banana bread, tacos and stir fry. Bon Appetite! 

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Covenant House Vancouver Cooking Group.


Help a young person fulfill their dream

 As a Covenant House Vancouver mentor you can give a young person the opportunity to learn, grow, and help smooth the transition into adulthood. Mentoring is a great way to give back to your community and help build brighter futures for youth who have not always had positive adult role models.

As a mentor, you’ll share your knowledge and experience while building a trusting, healthy relationship with young person in need. You will help equip them with essential life and career skills and the tools to make positive choices.

Mentorship Program Details:

-        Our Mentorship Coordinator will work with you to find a youth aged 16-24 that matches the skills you have to offer.
- You will work one on one with the same youth for one full year.
- Meet with your youth mentee once a month in person and check in by phone, email or text once a week.
-              Have ongoing staff support for any questions or concerns that may arise.
-              Training and learning sessions will be provide before you start mentoring and throughout the year.

If this sounds like the volunteer experience for you please fill out an application. Applications can be submitted to the Mentorship Coordinator Lisa M. at, by fax to 604-647-4484, or in person to 326 West. Pender St.

If you have any questions or would like more details please contact:

Lisa Mendes
Mentorship Coordinator
Phone: (604) 647-4480 

Win free rent for a year with Hollyburn Properties

What would you do with free rent for a year? Hollyburn Properties, a national property management and development company, is seeking to reward one lucky person with free rent for a whole year in a premier one-bedroom Hollyburn apartment in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto or Ottawa. Celebrating 40 years of building rental communities across Canada, the family-run company actively supports a mission of community service and outreach. The Hollyburn Free Rent Contest is being launched to celebrate those individuals in Canada who are likewise dedicated to social impact through community involvement.  

 “The objective of the Free Rent Contest is to reward an individual who participates above and beyond in community service,” says Allan Wasel, Hollyburn General Manager. “We feel strongly that community values help foster healthy and sustainable living environments. Hollyburn supports a number of charity partnerships and sponsorship programs, and in doing so, seeks to positively impact every neighbourhood we are privileged to be a part of.”

The Hollyburn Free Rent Contest launches on September 15th, with submissions open until October 31st, 2015. Participants must describe how they, or someone they know, contribute to building their community.

Examples of community-building include volunteering, involvement in non-profit organizations, or participation in projects with positive social impacts. Entrants are encouraged to supplement their submission with pictures, videos, letters of reference or any additional documents that support their nomination. A judging panel will carefully select three top finalists, whose profiles will be publicly voted upon the week of November 9th until November 30th to determine the recipient of free rent for a year. The prize-winner will be announced early December, 2015. For details and guidelines, watch the YouTube contest video, and visit the Hollyburn Free Rent Contest website:

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