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Youth Climb and Conquer!

This past week, myself and two youth had the chance to visit The Hive gym and have a fantastic evening of fear conquering, adrenaline pumping climbing.  We were lucky enough to have the support of some amazing volunteers from Climb and Conquer who showed us a great time.  The volunteers taught us some pretty awesome climbing moves and within in no time we were up on the wall taking on routes we didn’t think we’d be able to do.  The encouragement and support from volunteers was great.

 The ROP youth were so keen on climbing that all we talked about on the way home was how awesome our evening was.  They can’t wait to get back into the HiVE and do it all over again!

 Covenant House youth indoor rock climbing

International FASD Awareness Day

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day is observed every year by people around the world to raise awareness of the danger of drinking during pregnancy. September 9th signifies the 9th day of the 9th month of the year where the world will remember that during the 9 months of pregnancy, there is no safe amount or time to drink alcohol.

Covenant House Vancouver is no stranger to FAS/FASD as we have worked with many youth over the years that are affected by it. FASD is an umbrella term used to describe a number of birth defects caused by mothers who consumed alcohol during pregnancy, which can result in damage to a child’s central nervous system.

Some of the behavioural issues that affect those with FASD are immature or inappropriate behaviour, poor judgement, impulse control problems and memory deficits. As you can guess the transition from youth to independent adult can be especially difficult for those with FAS/FASD.

We are fortunate to have a strong team of mental health clinicians and youth workers that are able to recognized FASD and have the skills to work those young people affected by it.

To learn more about FASD/FAS click here and here.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day

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Slowly Danny began to open up...

I met Danny several months ago when he came to us at Covenant House in need. When he first arrived he was in and out of our Crisis Shelter, with his stays lasting from a few days to several weeks. He was not willing to address any of the issues which he was struggling with. But slowly, over the course of his stays, we began to get to know Danny, and he opened up to us.

Through playing cards and board games, Danny became more comfortable in the Shelter environment and with speaking to staff. Over time he saw that we truly cared about him and wanted to support him in overcoming his challenges. Through relationship building Danny was able to work together with staff to confront his issues surrounding alcohol misuse which had been a significant factor leading to his loss of employment, housing, and reaching out to Covenant House for support in his time of need. It was through staff support Danny was able to learn better coping mechanisms. He started going to the gym and became interested in joining a hockey league. He chose to surround himself with positive and supportive social circles. Danny got a full-time job and was able to save up enough money to rent a room in a shared living space. He moved out of shelter recently and has been doing great since.

We wish Danny all the best!

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