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Help us bring joy to homeless young people this Christmas

Each holiday season, we provide all of our young people with a Christmas backpack filled with new clothing, toiletries and small gifts. We hope that you will consider supporting our backpack program this Christmas and make the holidays special for our Covenant House youth.
 
Ways to donate to the Christmas Backpack Program:
 
1. Contribute to our  costs
2. Purchase a  completed backpack through Army & Navy
3. Include us in your  holiday shopping  and create a completed backpack for us
4. Donate a few new items from our  list

For further details click here and if you have questions please contact:
 
Amy Cotton
604-639-8937
acotton@covenanthousebc.org

An amazing youth outing to Southlands Farm

As a volunteer with the Covenant House I get the opportunity to take the youth on weekly outings in and around the community. Recently we visited Southlands Farm and I think I can safely say it was a memorable experience for everyone that we will not soon forget!

When we arrived at the farm we met a couple of the resident farmers around a warm campfire as they were composing a song on the guitar about their forever evolving dinner of stew made from ingredients around the farm!

We introduced ourselves by saying out first names along with our favourite vegetable, which was a surprising (but great) ice breaker! We talked about the farm and how it came to be and what brought the farmers to Southlands.

As a group, we walked around the property stopping to meet and greet the animals. We even got to experience the farmers putting the ducks to bed, which amounted to corralling the ducks into their house/shed for the night. The task definitely looked a lot more difficult than it sounds (think herding cats)! There were plenty of horses and sheep and chickens! I’m sure we could have spent the entire night just hanging out with the animals.

We were then treated to the infamous stew for dinner, cooked over the camp fire, and made from seasonal ingredients found around the farm! After we finished warming our bellies, the guitar once again made an appearance and some lively rounds of “Down by the Bay” ensued!

When it was time to go, the energy continued the whole van ride home. The girls were singing every song under the sun together (no need for the radio). I was blown away by the comradery that had formed since our quiet van ride out to the farm!

A couple of the girls expressed interest in going back to volunteer on the farm!

A humongous THANK YOU to Farmers Jordan, Katie and Laurel for hosting us and letting us experience Southlands Farm! It truly is a wonderful escape from the big city (and it’s only 15 minutes away from downtown!)

I have been on many outings with Covenant House and our trip to Southlands Farm definitely tops my list of favourites (and I think the girls would agree)!

Southland farms outing 

Your Invitation to ‘Go Casual’ for Covenant House

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 $5 per sticker for schools/students and $7 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
savard@covenanthousebc.org
604-639-8922

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The 4th Annual Sleep Out Executive Edition will be held on November 19th

Cold, hungry and alone. The reality of sleeping on the streets is harsh and unforgiving. Many of the youth who make their way through our doors have had to endure cruel life circumstances on the unforgiving streets before they finally find hope here at Covenant House Vancouver. We welcome them unconditionally, helping them begin their journey to leave life on the streets behind them for good.

On November 19th we are challenging local executives, community luminaries and notables to Sleep Out  for one night in solidarity with the youth we serve here at Covenant House. With only a sleeping bag and a piece of cardboard, participants will get a small glimpse of what it’s like to “sleep” on the street. “Sleepers” will also interact with some of our youth currently staying with us and those who have stayed with us in the past. The will hear their personal stories of how they found their way to our doors and how their lives have changed since. Youth will also have the opportunity to ask the participants why they support Covenant House and why they are Sleeping Out.  Click here  to learn more and support our Vancouver participants.

Check out these amazing events in support of Sleep Out Executive Edition:

November 3rd    nTrust Covenant House Sleep Out Fundraiser

November 6th   Pedi to the Metal - Hosted by Todd Talbot

 Michelle Partipilo is hosting a Raffle  with some amazing prizes

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