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Give a Day, Build a Life – You Can Give the Gift of Brighter Futures to Homeless Youth

The Give a Day, Build a Life Campaign directly supports Rights of Passage, our long term transitional housing program.  While living in a supportive, family like atmosphere (sometimes for the first time in their lives), our young men and women are committed to changing their lives by furthering their education or gaining employment experience- often both! 

Rights of Passage saved my life.  Sometimes all youth need is a good role model and some solid love and guidance.  I still have many of the friendships I made there with both youth and staff.’  -  ROP  Resident 

Created on the philosophy that all young people have the right to be mentored into adulthood by caring adults, Rights of Passage gives youth the time and guidance to build self-reliance and break the cycle of homelessness, poverty, and despair.  They also learn and practice essential life skills like cooking, cleaning, budgeting, and developing healthy relationships. 

A gift of $6,500 provides 24 hours of life changing opportunities for all 25 young people in our Rights of Passage program, giving each of these young people the chance to learn, grow, and become the adults they were meant to be.

In the life of a young person, so much can change in 24 hours.  Can you Give a Day to help our youth build brighter futures and leave the streets behind forever?

If you would like to make a contribution to the Give a Day, Build a Life Campaign, please contact Tracy Brown at 604-639-8935 or tmbrown@covenanthousebc.org.  

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Youth made art cards for sale in support of Covenant House

On Friday December 11th at Templeton Park Pool from 11:00am to 1:00pm youth volunteers will be selling handmade art cards in support of Covenant House.

If you are looking for a very special card that helps others be sure to stop by!

 Handmade card sale poster

Handmade card sale poster

Christmas fun and backpack drive with Nordstrom Vancouver

Join Nordstrom Vancouver and Covenant House on Sunday December 6th for a fun day of skating, free hot coco, pictures with Santa and a Backpack Drive for our young people.
 
Photos with Santa from 3pm to 5pm and complimentary hot chocolate at 2pm. Bring an unwrapped item or items from our Christmas Backpack list, or bring a completed backpack.

Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday from 2pm to 7pm at the Robson skating rink.

Nordstrom Vancouver Ice Skating Rink

 

Our youth share Christmas memories while setting up our Christmas Tree

Last night we decided to put up the Christmas tree. Christmas can be such a difficult time for the youth we work with that we were unsure if the youth would want to get involved or not. Christmas can bring up a lot of painful memories for them. Everyone knows that Christmas is a time for family and friends but what if you don’t have any? It can be a lonely time for our youth.

The youth workers got all the decorations ready and quietly started decorating the tree. It was so heartwarming to see the youth come to join in one by one. At first everyone worked in contented silence and then the chatting began. The girls started telling stories about their different Christmas stories and what Christmas meant to them whether it is good memories or bad.

One young girl spoke about how she had never had any presents as a child. Her parents had addiction issues of their own and it was left to her to try to look after her younger sisters even though she was just a child herself. She spoke about how difficult it was to see her sisters go hungry. She spoke about how she always felt she must have done something really bad because Santa always brought gifts to the other kids at school but never came to her or her sisters.

She talked about how a school friend had given her a Christmas present of a book when she was 13. She said it brought tears to her eyes. Her friend said “Hey, it’s only a book!” and didn’t understand just how much it meant to her.  She was so thankful and grateful that someone cared enough to give her a gift and remember her at Christmas time. She still has that book! The other girls joined in with stories of their own. Some were uplifting, some heartbreakingly sad, some hilariously funny. It was such a special moment to share with these amazing young women, listening to them having the strength to share their special Christmas stories while putting up the Christmas tree.

Christmas Tree in Crisis Program 

Rocket Fuel