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4th Annual Sleep Out: Executive Edition raises over $672,461!

Last night, 53 local executives, community leaders and celebrities slept outside in solidarity with the hundreds of young people who call Vancouver’s streets home, to raise funds for Covenant House Vancouver’s Crisis Program.

Bob Lenarduzzi (President, Vancouver Whitecaps), David Hawksworth (Hawksworth Restaurant), Actress Kristin Kreuk, ABC’s The Bachelorette’s Kaitlyn Bristowe, Breakfast Television’s Riaz Meghji and several local media personalities were joined by 40+ other sleepers who at last count had raised over $$672,461. 

The lead fundraiser, Jordon Mellville, President, T&M Management Services explains why he chose to support the Sleep out - “In seeing the work that Covenant House provides to youth at risk in Vancouver I realize these could be anyone's children. I'm happy to be able to support them to make sure Covenant House is able to continue to provide these crucially important services”.

The evening began with the participants getting to know each other and mingling with Covenant House youth.   Then, the sleepers participated in roundtable discussions with current and former youth who shared their personal experiences and provided tips for braving the elements.  

Unlike previous years where sleepers were faced with a soggy wet Vancouver weather, last night’s temperature dipped to the freezing mark.  Whitecaps President Bob Lenarduzzi slept out for the 4th time and said that despite the cold temperatures “For me and my son Ryan, it feels like it’s the least we can do to support the youth in need within our own community.”

After waking up this morning (many didn’t get much sleep), the participants took part in a group reflection exercise, describing what the experience meant to them.  One participant said “at times I felt desperate and wondered when it would end”.  The Sleepers acknowledged that sleeping outside for one night does not compare to what it is really like for youth who must do so night after night, some while holding down a job and going to school.  The Sleepers did however, get a glimpse into experiencing the cold and wet, feeling exposed and vulnerable out in the open.   

We want to thank  all of our amazing Sleepers and their supporters! 

Sleep Out Executive Edition Group Picture 2015



4th Annual Sleep Out: Executive Edition Tonight!

Tonight executives, public figures and well-connected leaders in our community will sleep outside for one night in solidarity with those youth who may face many more cold, lonely nights until they find their way through the doors of Covenant House Vancouver.

From Anchorage to New York, Vancouver to New Orleans and in other major cities across North America, participants will raise funds from their companies, colleagues, friends and family to support the life-changing work that is being done to help young people leave the streets and begin new lives. These leaders will draw the attention of the larger business community and our nation to the problem of homelessness among young people.

To view and support our Vancouver participants click here.

Be sure to join in the discussion on social media using the hash tag #CHSleepOut. Participants in sixteen different cities across North America will be live tweeting and instagramming about their firsthand experience sleeping outside. You can follow Covenant House Vancouver on Twitter @CovenantHouseBC and on Instagram @covenanthousebc.

Thanks to all our “Sleepers” and their supporters!

Sleep Out Executive Edition Picture 

Our cooking group has been busy creating amazing meals!

Our youth cooking group is going strong and in the month of October they made poutine, cheesesteak sandwiches, Vietnamese salad rolls, chicken cordon blu, and beef tacos.  In October we had double the number of attendees as the previous month and more youth are participating in the grocery shopping as well.

Here are some photos of the delicious food our young people made. 

Youth cooking group cheese steaks

youth cooking group makes poutine

Tacos created by our youth cooking group

Chicken cordon blu created by our young people 

Join Covenant House Vancouver for Casual Day

On Tuesday December 1st you are  invited  to join us in our work helping homeless youth by going Casual for Covenant House!  Casual Day is part of our annual Give a Day, Build a Life   campaign – our goal is to cover all the costs involved with running Rights of Passage for the month of December. 

How to participate:  Please contact us and we’ll send you a Casual Day participation package including the number of stickers you require. Our suggested donation is $3 per sticker for schools/students and $5 per sticker for offices.  If Casual Day isn’t an option for your school or office on December 1st, you’re most welcome to participate at any time in the year that works for you.

P.S.  If your dress code at school or work is casual then we invite you to reverse the theme and dress up for Covenant House. Also feel free to create a theme of your own and send us your stories and pictures so we can share them on our blog!

To order your Casual Day package or for more information contact:

Mark Savard
Development Officer – Community Giving

Casual Day Poster 

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