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Learning & sharing with students from Immaculate Conception School

The grade 5 students at Immaculate Conception School fundraised $769 for Covenant House as part of their class outreach project.

They also collected non-perishable items for us and delivered them on a visit to Covenant House.  About 25 students came in for a visit and tour of our Gift-in-Kind area.  They then had an opportunity to listen to Sister Nancy Brown speak so they could learn more about what we do and ask any questions they had about homeless youth.

After the visit the students sent us a book filled with their personal reflections. We will be sharing stories from the book over the summer.

Thank you to the grade 5 students at Immaculate Conception School for their hard work fundraising and the wonderful book!

book from grade 5 students

“It’s so cheap!” - John learns how to save money while grocery shopping

I had been trying to get some of our youth to shop in Chinatown or Sunrise Market, but they considered the walk there too far. They preferred to get take out from somewhere close by and if they felt like cooking they would shop at the corner store or at Nesters Market which is about two blocks away.

But persistence paid off when John finally agreed to go with me to Sunrise Market! Before we left, John said that he only had about $17. I told him not to worry. We’ll see what we can get.

When we got to the market, John looked lost. There were so many vegetables he had not seen before. I explained to him what most vegetables were and that most of them were used in Chinese cooking. We had a look at some of the items which he was more familiar with. He took a bag of baby carrots which he said was cheaper than the ones at the regular grocery chains. He also picked out some broccoli. He wanted rice too so I helped him pick out a bag. He also bought about 1 kilogram of ground beef.

At the cashier, he was nervous not knowing what the total will be. He was worried that he didn’t have enough money. The cashier then informed him that the total was $7.25. It was priceless to see his facial expression change from nervousness to surprise. He immediately turned to me mouthing his words to me “It’s so cheap!” He gladly parted with his money.

While walking back to ROP, he kept expressing how shocked he was & that needless to say, he’s going to return to do his grocery shopping at Sunrise Market. He said “With this purchase, I could eat it for 3 meals at least!”

image on saving money on food shopping

Multilaw supports Covenant House

Very special thanks to Multilaw for their recent donation of $10,263.43. Multilaw recently held their conference in Vancouver and the hosting firm, Miller Thompson, chose Covenant House Vancouver as the recipient local charity for the Billable Hour Project.    Our Executive Director, Krista Thompson, was invited to speak at the conference to talk about Covenant House and the young people we serve. 

Multilaw was founded in 1990 on the premise that a number of carefully selected independent law firms can work together to fulfil clients’ international needs. Today, it has over 8,000 lawyers in over 150 commercial centres throughout the world. Their mission is to help their members provide the best service possible to clients — everywhere, every day.

Thank you to all of the lawyers who donated to us at the Multilaw Conference.

Last chance to have to have your donation matched!

Make a donation to Covenant House Vancouver before midnight tonight and your donation will be matched dollar for dollar by The Robert L. Conconi Foundation!

With this matching gift challenge, you can help save twice as many of Vancouver’s homeless youth from the streets. Seize this special opportunity.

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.

Please donate today to help us meet our $150,000 goal by tonight!

last chance to donate with bob conconi

Over 18,000 Thank-a-Thon Calls Completed!

Each year in the Fall and Spring volunteers reach out to our donors and say thank you through our Thank-a-Thon program. This year our volunteers which are a mixture of school & community groups, corporations and individuals called over 18,000 donors and thanked them.

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. Our Thank-a-Thon program is so important to us and we want to take the time now to say thank you to all the volunteers that make this program possible.

Congratulations on a wonderful year of Thank-a-Thons and a big thank you for your support!

To learn more about volunteering for our Thank-a-Thons click here.

thank you to volunteers of tat