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Tragedy can result in triumph...

When Eva came to our Crisis Program she was not in great physical health. She had recently had a major operation and was weak and tired following six weeks of recovery in the hospital. When she arrived it was hard for her to keep her eyes open most days, which made it difficult to get to know who she really was. However, Eva carried with her an optimistic attitude and determination to get strong and healthy, and as the days passed the real Eva began to emerge.  

As I got to know Eva better, I came to learn about her past as she shared stories about her family, childhood memories, and struggles with heroin use and how her addiction resulted in many terrible things happening.  As I listened to Eva’s journey, I couldn’t help but think how lucky she was to have found her way to Covenant House Vancouver following her surgery, as the alternative of returning to her SRO (Single Room Occupancy) on the Downtown Eastside would have been devastating to her health and sobriety.

When Eva first came to the Crisis Program it was hard to imagine that she would still be here with us after 2 months and doing extraordinarily well at attending her appointments, eating healthy and getting strong, and staying clean from the drug that robbed her of a happy life for so many years. Eva continues to get stronger every day and as we continue to learn who she is, we are reminded that at times the world works in mysterious ways and that tragedy can result in triumph if the timing is right. 

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Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

We are wishing all our youth, volunteers, supporters, donors and staff a very Happy Thanksgiving!

We are so grateful and blessed to have so many amazing people in our Covenant House family!  

Our office will be closed on Monday October 10th but if you are a youth in need of help over the long weekend you can reach our youth workers toll free at 1-877-685-7474 anytime.

Happy Thanksgiving!

You can make a difference - Homelessness Action Week

Homelessness Action Week is an annual event which focuses on bringing public awareness and understanding to the issue of homelessness in the Greater Vancouver region.

Homelessness Action Week is an opportunity to get involved in activities in your community. Through spreading the word about homelessness action through education, advocacy, and social media activity, the hope is to raise awareness of this very important subject which affects all our communities.

Click here to learn more about #HAW2016 and  upcoming  community  events. 

You can help homeless young people right now, click  here to donate to Covenant House Vancouver. 

Homelessness Action Week

Unconditional Generosity Shows Unconditional Love

Mark Munn, a Pastoral Counsellor at Covenant House, shared this story with our entire Covenant House Team recently -  we hope that it touches your heart as it did ours:

Sister Nancy got a call from the front desk that someone was here with a gift and wished to her.  She went to reception where waiting for her was an elderly man proudly standing with a jar in his hand and a garbage bag of donations over his shoulder. 

Sister Nancy noticed that the jar was wrapped with tape, and on the top there was some writing in felt pen: his name, Don. And inside the jar were as many dimes as Sister Nancy had ever seen in one place. $60.00 dollars of dimes. Don held up the jar and said his collection of $60 was his gift to Covenant House Vancouver, to help youth living on the street.  

And he gave her the jar.

Then he gave Sister Nancy his garbage bag, which was filled with rosaries, toques and packs of playing cards. “This is all I have to give” he said to her. And he was so sincere, as if he had given us a pot of gold. Sister Nancy felt like he had just given her, and us, $60 Million dollars.  

Sister Nancy can’t stop thinking about Don. She said that we get gifts of all kinds and all sizes from all kinds of people and Don gave us his most extraordinary gift. He gave us everything he had, joyously, sharing what wealth he had with our youth.

When I first heard the story, I was a little concerned. Shouldn’t we have instructed this man to save his money? Was this fair, to accept a gift from someone who seemed not too well off himself?   But then I realized he was determined to help us. He was proud to give. He was not feeling guilt or pressure to donate his money to us, but rather joy at the opportunity to give everything he had to give. 

Sister Nancy and I think that Don is teaching all of us about the nature of unconditional love – which is that even when you give, out of love, to the point that you feel it, when it might cost you a little bit or a lot, something grows inside of you. Your biggest and best self grows inside of you. 

Which was so obvious of Don’s face in our Drake Street lobby. 

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Last week to buy a $2 paper door in support of homeless youth

The Home Depot Canada Foundation is dedicated to taking action to put an end to youth homelessness in Canada through  The Orange Door Project  fundraising campaign.

You can still purchase a $2 paper door until October 9th at the checkout of the Richmond, Vancouver, and Vancouver Cambie Home Depot stores and proceeds will support Covenant House Vancouver.

Find out more about how your support will make a difference for local homeless youth click here

 The Orange Door Project

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