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Calling all new donors!

If you’ve never given a charitable donation, now is the time!  Revenue Canada is offering extra incentive for first-time donors with a “super credit”, meaning you will receive greater tax benefit if you make a gift before December 31st.

Individuals qualify as first-time donors if neither they nor their spouse/common-law partner has claimed the charitable donation tax credit since 2007. Monetary donations made by first-time donors after March 20, 2013, qualify for the first-time donor's super credit. The credit can be claimed starting in 2013 and will continue through to 2017. Canadians must donate by December 31st to qualify for a tax credit for the 2013 tax year.

The “super credit” provides an extra 25% credit in addition to federal and provincial charitable donation tax credits. This means that donors can get a 40% federal credit for monetary donations of $200 or less, and a 54% federal credit for the part of donations over $200 and up to $1,000.

For more information on the first-time donor's super credit, go to www.cra.gc.ca/fdsc.

First time donors to receive super credit

Introducing our Staff & Volunteer Video Interview Series

Various staff and volunteers will be interviewed so we can learn more about them as well as why they chose Covenant House Vancouver as their place to work or volunteer.

You will be getting an inside look at Covenant House Vancouver and it's team members –  today we will be meeting Kira.

"Moments of sweet sincerity are one of the great gifts of this job"

Jack comes to us every now and again and does not often stay long. He is very street entrenched, addicted to substances and has some mental health and developmental issues. These significant barriers make it very difficult for him to stay a long time in a structured setting such as ours.

He was so accustomed to keeping opposite hours, sleeping on the street or in “the bush” during the day, when it is safe, and staying awake at night. He does not like wearing shoes and often has to be prompted to put them on. He is generally very quiet, but friendly in our Crisis Shelter.

Staff have been working on building a relationship with him in hopes that he will stay longer and stabilize more. He seems to be doing well this stay, and has obviously benefitted from the relationship building he has done with the youth workers, including playing cards.

Recently one evening before bed there were a few youth up playing cards and talking with Andrea a youth worker and her teammate. A couple youth were joking around with Andrea, teasing her a bit as we often do, and one of these youth made a joke about how Andrea was being creepy for knowing the routines of some of the youth. This conversation was all in good fun of course, but as Andrea was getting everyone to head to bed, Jack said to her out loud in the space, “Andrea, you’re not creepy”. It was so sweet of him to speak up when he does not often do so, and to do it to make sure her feelings weren’t hurt by the youth’s joke. The other youth began joking around a bit more and Jack got a bit embarrassed, but Andrea thanked him sincerely for his kind words.

He does not say much, and we never know if he is going to make it back to us in one piece, but to experience these moments of sweet sincerity in him is truly one of the great gifts of this job.

So far Jack has stayed a week – which is a great success in and of itself!  Our case manager has an initial meeting with his mental health/housing support worker next week and we begin the difficult process of securing him long term housing. We will continuing to build a trusting relationship with Jack and work with him as long as it takes so he can get the long term support he needs.

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