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How do young people end up on the streets?

This is one of the most common questions we get asked at Covenant House Vancouver. There are many reasons why a young person may end up on the street but most of the time a young person flees to street believing it will be safer then where they currently are living. The list of hardships bestowed upon our youth read almost like a check-list of reasons why young people end up on the streets: 

1) physical, sexual and or/emotional abuse that leads to apprehension, then foster care; 
2) re-abuse or lack of care once in foster care; 
3) early exposure to drugs and/or alcohol; 
4) interrupted education; 
5) mental illness ranging from post-traumatic stress disorder to bi-polar or schizophrenia. 

The list goes on but these 5 elements are all too common amongst the young people we serve.

Our   continuum of care   provides a wide range of services to help young people heal from past wounds and develop the skills necessary to make it on their own. Like all young people our youth want to be loved and cared for in a safe environment where they can grow and develop into independent adults. Thanks to the support of people like you Covenant House Vancouver is able to be a safe haven for our youth.

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Thanking the Treasury Department at VanCity!

The Treasury Department at VanCity’s head office recently held a fundraiser in support of our Rights of Passage program. They raised $500.00 which was used to purchase brand new kitchen equipment for our youth.

Thank you to the team at VanCity for this amazing contribution! 

VanCity dropping off donations 

Our youth enjoy a Tree Top Adventure with Zero Ceiling

Recently our youth from Rights of Passage had the opportunity to participate in the Tree Top Adventure in Whistler with Zero Ceiling . Zero Ceiling is an amazing program that provides employment and adventure-based learning programs that empower at-risk youth and young adults to develop life skills and achieve personal growth.

The youth at ROP had an awesome day filled with fun and adventure. Thanks Zero Ceiling and Tree Top Adventure!

ROP Youth in Whistler  

Hollyburn Properties & Covenant House Youth Housing Program

"For the past 12 years Hollyburn has grown a lasting partnership with Vancouver’s Covenant House non-profit organization. What began as a monthly clothing and donations drive, has evolved into a unique initiative to help local youth gain a sense of self-worth, self-confidence, and dignity as they transition to independent living. Hollyburn currently provides Covenant House youth with 5 completely furnished rental apartments (3 in Vancouver and more recently, 2 in Toronto) at a substantially reduced cost, allowing them to focus on finding gainful employment and improving their education. Once the program is complete, the youth are able to keep the furniture we provided while also being reimbursed the full amount they paid in rent during their stay."- From Hollyburn  Website

To learn more about the program and our partnership check out the video below.  To learn more about  Covenant House Vancouver's Housing Program click here.  We are so happy and grateful to have Hollyburn as a community partner. Thanks Hollyburn! 

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