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10,000 Dreams – Improving the lives of the homeless in our community

10,000 Dreams aims to improve the lives of the homeless in our communities – one dream at a time. Quilts Etc. and QE Home is a major sponsor of the 10,000 Dreams Project again this year. Through the efforts of their stores across Canada they will be donating 10,000 pillows to select community organizations that assist the homeless.

The Kerrisdale Village store has chosen Covenant House Vancouver and Union Gospel Mission as their charities of choice. You can support this wonderful campaign and Covenant House Vancouver by purchasing a dream bracelet at the Kerrisdale Village Quilt’s Etc. located at 2142 West 41st Ave.

So far through the sale of Dream Bracelets, the stores have raised nearly $6,000, collectively, for their community partners. Bracelets are only $2. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to each store’s selected community partners.

Bracelets are still available in many of the stores; the promotion has been extended through Sunday November 2.

To learn more click here.

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Volunteer groups make our donations area shine!

Our Gift-in-Kind department is very busy at this time of the year as we are blessed to get many clothing, household and food items donated. We have had some outstanding volunteer groups in over the last few weeks to help us sort and organize donations. In the picture you can see that there was a huge pile of donations to be tackled and the after shots show a clean and tidy donations area thanks to our volunteers.

We would like to extend our thanks to Deloitte, Forester’s Insurance, and the University of Utah’s Alternative Breaks Group for all their hard work!

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Ed is ready to move forward after working hard in our Crisis Program

I’ve been one of “Ed’s” main youth workers for several months now. For the most part we have worked well together, however there have been times when Ed was so challenging that I would be utterly drained by our interactions. I’m happy to be able to say that as tough as these periods could be, we were still able to work effectively together, working through the difficulties. During the time that I have been working with Ed, it has been exciting to see all of the growth that he has displayed. Quite a number of people have commented that Ed is a changed young man, as of late.

As it stands right now, Ed is working full-time in steady employment and is preparing to exit our Crisis Program, as he has been accepted into independent accommodations. 

The last few weeks with Ed have been particularly pleasant; the difficult tasks have all been completed and we have been able to just relax and enjoy each other’s company. I find myself thinking of Ed’s upcoming move, realizing that I am really going to miss our daily interactions. I wonder sometimes if the youth we serve know how genuinely sad it can be to see them go, even though we are so proud of what they have achieved.

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Why do youth 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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