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Staff & Volunteer Video Interview Series - Kristy

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 - Enjoy!

2013 Backpack Program an Overwhelming Success!

This Christmas over 275 homeless youth ages 16-24 received backpacks full of gifts thanks to caring supporters, donors and volunteers.

We want to extend a BIG thank you to this year’s major contributors:

Alfred Horie Construction, Community Savings Credit Union, Scotiabank, Yaletown Laser and Cosmetic Dentistry, Greymont, Catlin Canada, Harris and Company, Urban Barn on Granville, Metal Supermarkets Niagara, B2Gold, Safeway on Davie, Angels in the Night, Helping Hands Children’s Centre, Hollyburn, Steve Serbic, Harbour Air Seaplanes, BC Dental, Best Buy on Cambie, Savoury Chef, and Mosaic.

We also want to thank the hundreds of other donors who took the time to go out and purchase items for our youth. We also want to send another thank you to all the volunteers that help us sort, pack and decorate the backpacks. Thank you all for your time and consideration it has gone a long way towards adding light and warmth to our young people’s Christmas season.

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Wishing Everyone a Happy, Healthy 2014!

From all of us at Covenant House Vancouver we wish you a Happy New Year. We hope that your 2014 is filled with love, joy and peace. Thank you for being there for CHV and our young people each and every day!

Please note:

Our office will be closed on January 1st 2014 we will reopen on January 2, 2014.

*If you still wish to make a donation you can do so online here until 11:59pm for the 2013 tax year.*

*Credit card donations received after December 31st will have to be processed as January 2014; CRA guidelines require the gift date for credit cards to be in the same year in which the donations were processed. We will be accepting new credit card donations by phone or through mail up until 2 p.m. on December 31st.  This is to allow us enough time to process all outstanding December credit card donations by the end of our work day.  We will do our best, but cannot guarantee we will be able to process any new credit card donations coming in after 2 p.m., except those made online.*

If you are a youth in need of help our Crisis Shelter is open 24/7 and the toll free number is 1-877-685-7474.

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Christmas Day with our Covenant House Family

At the start of Christmas day, youth workers did the wake ups by singing a different Christmas carol into each bedroom and the youth complained and pretended to hate it, however, they talked about it a little too long and it was clear the serenading had made them feel special, and they showed their appreciation later by sharing their chocolates and putting great efforts into having the most positive Christmas day possible!

Youth were very excited to receive their present which was a backpack each, filled with goodies and necessities. A youth worker sat everyone down in the common area and informed them that they would be opening the presents together as a family. He told them that he was excited to be here with his Covenant House family on Christmas Day and reminded our youth to treat each other with extra kindness and Christmas spirit today, as this time of year is difficult for some people. This speech and the singing wake ups set the tone for a really enjoyable Christmas in Shelter.

Throughout the day we noticed the youth made extra efforts to be thoughtful with each other, youth, who didn’t normally speak went to the movies together and invited each other to play games. There were a few awesome extra gifts left and the youth had a great time playing a trivia game based on Covenant House to try and win them. The youth got themselves into teams and worked together to figure out the answers. The questions ranged from who is the oldest staff member on shift? To how many total rooms in the Drake Street building? To can you sing a line from your favorite Christmas carol? The only trouble was the youth were in such generous moods that they were giving each other all the answers, which meant there were no clear winners! So more games had to be thought of to find out who won the game & got the extra presents.

A Christmas spent in a Crisis Shelter can be very hard and sad but we work hard to give our young people a fun & caring Christmas and I think we succeeded.

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