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There is still time to join us for Casual Day!

On  Thursday December 1st  you are  invited  to join us in our work helping homeless youth by going Casual for Covenant House!  Casual Day is part of our annual  Give a Day, Build a Life   campaign – our goal is to raise funds for the  Rights of Passage Program. 

How to participate:  Please contact us and we’ll send you a Casual Day participation package including the number of stickers you require. Our suggested donation is $5 per sticker for schools/students and $10 per sticker for offices.  If Casual Day isn’t an option for your school or office on December 1st, you’re most welcome to participate at any time in the year that works for you.

P.S.  If your dress code at school or work is casual then we invite you to reverse the theme and dress up for Covenant House. Also feel free to create a theme of your own and send us your stories and pictures so we can share them on our blog!  Some theme ideas are jeans day, pajama day, fancy dress or costumes. 

To order your Casual Day package or for more information contact:

Mark Savard
Development Officer – Community Giving

Casual Day Poster 2016

Thanking Cabela’s for providing Sleeping Bags for Sleep Out: Executive Edition

In order to ensure that all of the funds raised from Sleep Out: Executive Edition go directly to supporting our programs here at Covenant House Vancouver, we sought support from businesses in our community. Cabela’s stepped up and donated 25 sleeping bags for the event and we can’t thank them enough.

These sleeping bags will be used by our Sleep Out: Executive Edition participants then cleaned and distributed to youth in need.

Thank you Cabela’s for making the winters warmer for youth in need! 

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We need your help to bring joy to young people this Christmas!

This holiday season, homeless youth will receive a backpack full of gifts at our annual youth Christmas party. Please help us give them the Christmas they deserve!

Ways to donate to the Covenant House Vancouver Christmas Backpack Campaign:

1. Contribute to our costs
It costs $150 to fill a backpack with gifts. Help us purchase one whole backpack for a youth in need. Contribute this amount  here

2. Include us in your holiday shopping  
Take the  backpack inventory list    with you on your holiday shopping trips! Feel free to contribute any or all of the items on our list. 

3.  Purchase a completed backpack through Army & Navy
Order the items  online  through our partnership with Army & Navy and have them shipped directly to us. 

For further details click  here  and if you have questions please contact:
Marissa Barrie

Christmas Backpacks for youth in need.

5th Annual Sleep Out: Executive Edition raises over $615,370!

Last night, 49 local executives, community leaders and celebrities slept outside in solidarity with the hundreds of young people who call Vancouver’s streets home, to raise funds for Covenant House Vancouver’s  Crisis Program.

Bob Lenarduzzi  (President, Vancouver Whitecaps) slept out for the 5th time and was joined by  Vikram Vij (Vij’s Restaurant), ABC’s The Bachelorette’s  Kaitlyn Bristowe, and they were joined by 46+ other sleepers who at last count had raised over $615,370.00!

The lead fundraisers were Chef Matt Stowe and Ryan Moreno, CEO, both of the Joseph Richard Group.  Matt Stowe said “I have worked with Covenant House for a couple years now and the job they do is amazing. The support they offer to the youth not only in helping them get off the street but giving them the guidance and direction so when they leave they have the necessary foundation to succeed in life is very inspiring.  Ryan Moreno added that “Covenant House, solely focused on helping our youth, should be celebrated and supported whenever and wherever possible. I was overwhelmed and every so proud of the resounding support we received and the continued contributions coming in.”

The evening began with the participants getting to know each other and touring our female Crisis Program and Drop-In Centre.  A youth panel consisting of three current Covenant House youth shared their stories and the circumstances that led to their homelessness. One youth recalled living in his car and described the feeling of terror he felt each night hoping that no one would break in and harm him.  Another young person recalled the profound loneliness he experienced as a homeless youth and how a kind look or smile from a stranger often made all the difference to him.

After waking up this morning (many didn’t get much sleep), the participants took part in a group reflection exercise, describing what the experience meant to them.  The Sleepers acknowledged that sleeping outside for one night does not compare to what it is really like for youth who must do so night after night, some while holding down a job and going to school.  The Sleepers did however, get a glimpse into experiencing the cold, feeling exposed and vulnerable out in the open.   

Big thank you to all our Sleepers and their supporters! There is still time to support the Sleep Out: Executive Edition.  Click here to donate to the event or to a specific sleeper. 

Sleep Out: Executive Edition 2016

Sleep Out: Executive Edition 2016 Group Shot

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