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It's BC Child and Youth In Care Week

Proclaimed by the province of British Columbia in 2011, BC CHILD AND YOUTH IN CARE WEEK (BCCYICW) is a time for everyone in communities across the province to stand in support and celebration of our province's incredible, diverse young people in government care.

Youth in and from care advocated for this week--now in its sixth year--so their brothers and sisters in care could grow up feeling celebrated for their diverse talents and accomplishments, surrounded by a supportive community who stands with them. They also wanted to raise awareness about the barriers they face and fight the stigma that comes with being a "foster kid." - Shared from BC CHILD & YOUTH IN CARE WEEK

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  BC Child and Youth In Care Week

Our youth have an amazing experience at a Vancouver Whitecaps match!

We had a group of youth go to the Vancouver Whitecaps game in a suite on Saturday May 28th, courtesy of a Covenant House Vancouver donor. The donor gave us 16 tickets to take the youth to see the ‘Caps play the Houston Dynamo. We had 2 staff and 14 youth attend, and all the youth said they loved it. There was juice, pizza, and popcorn, which was a huge bonus. Everyone said they had never been to a live soccer game before, and a big chunk of them had never been to any kind of professional sporting event. It was a bit of a rough game, but the youth really enjoyed seeing (at least) 4 yellow cards, 2 red cards, and an overall well-fought match. They really got into the atmosphere of the crowd by cheering loudly for our gorgeous goal. The youth learned a few of the cheers that the Southsiders were leading, and they sang along with the crowd. One of the youth was a supporter of the Houston side, and he was getting gently heckled (in a friendly way) by the rest of the youth.

Overall, it was an awesome game. The youth were very well-behaved, very appreciative, and wanted us to pass along their sincere thanks to the donor for the tickets.

Vancouver Whitecaps

Thank you Canadian Western Bank Group!

Covenant House Vancouver is grateful to partner with CWB Group to provide over 600 at-risk youth with a collaborative Street Outreach program.

Youth homelessness is one of Vancouver’s largest social issues. CWB Group has stepped up to provide stability and support to youth we meet on the street. Their investment in these youth will impact their futures and their families for generations to come which, ultimately, will improve communities in which CWB Group calls home.

Thank you to our loving friends at Canadian Western Bank Group for partnering with Covenant House to improve deserving young lives and create sustainable communities.  

Canadian Western Bank Group

Every dollar you donate by June 30th will be doubled!

I want these kids to know that they need to persevere… to just keep going.”

You likely have never met the man who said that. His name is Robert Little, a long-time supporter of Covenant House who has generously offered to match your donation if made by June 30. 

In addition to Robert’s amazing gift, another friend is adding $30,000 to Robert’s $50,000 for a Matching Gift Challenge total of $80,000. Every dollar you give will be doubled. But the deadline is June 30th.  We hope that you will seize this special opportunity – this Matching Gift Challenge – to help provide our young people with the love and support they need.

Special thanks to Robert Little and our anonymous friend for their incredible support! 

Matching Gift Challenge on now!

TELUS Green Team donates Harvests to Covenant House

The new TELUS Garden building on Georgia Street boasts a beautiful rooftop vegetable garden.  The garden is maintained by the TELUS Green Team, a group of TELUS employees who volunteer their time to sow, weed, and water the garden.  The Community Garden provides a great opportunity for the Green Team to learn how to grow food in a small space, and also incorporates the TELUS 3 Pillars of Health: Active Living, Wise Nutrition, and Mental Resiliency.  In addition to investing in their own health, TELUS employees are also investing in their community’s health by donating their harvests to the young people at Covenant House!

Throughout the growing season this year, the TELUS Green Team will donate the vegetables grown in their Community Garden to Covenant House.  Last week, we were lucky enough to take part in a gardening workshop at TELUS Gardens and brought a bounty of delicious spring vegetables back to our kitchen.  Later that night, our young people feasted on a huge, fresh, organic salad.

People with unstable housing or no home at all often don’t have the opportunity to eat well balanced meals, especially vegetables.  Our young people will very much appreciate your gift of fresh vegetables all summer long- thank you TELUS Green Team!

TELUS Rooftop Vegetable Garden

TELUS Rooftop Vegetable Garden

Salad made from donated TELUS Garden Veggies
Salad  made  from  donated  veggies!
 

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