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In honour of Remembrance Day

 Covenant House Vancouver is remembering of all of those who have served our country and our thoughts are with those serving now.

 Our office will be closed on November 11th for Remembrance Day. We will re-open on November 12th and will be answering calls at that time.

 If you are a youth needing help you can call toll free 1-877-685-7474 to speak with a youth worker. 

In honour of Remembrance Day 

Jeremy's journey to independence

Jeremy began coming to Covenant House when he was 17. He would argue with his father and then would get kicked out of his home. These arguments with his father would be very physical and his belongings would be thrown out of the house.

When we first met Jeremy, he was very compliant and polite but could not follow through with any of his goals.  His budgeting was problematic and he would usually leave the  Crisis  Program  as he tended to over spend and often ran out of money.  He tried to become a drug dealer, but at over 6' tall he stuck out like a sore thumb and he was very paranoid at being caught. He got deeper and deeper into debt and as such would frequently show up at the shelter without shoes.  

Jeremy continued to come in and out of our Crisis Program. Finally one day he decided to settle down and utilize all of our services. This change occurred after his father had a heart attack. Jeremy was there to see it and he realized how precious life really was. He returned to the Crisis Program and focused on finding employment and accessing our supports to better his life choices.

He found a job with a telecommunications company. We worked with him on his budgeting skills and he was able to save money. Then he applied to our  Rights of Passage  (ROP) program and was accepted. Jeremy’s time at ROP was very successful. He kept his job and asked for help with those tasks that he struggled with, like paying off his debts. By the time he graduated from ROP, he was almost debt free.

During his time with us, Jeremy was a great leader for the other youth. He encouraged many of his peers to go running with him in the morning and to go to the gym rather than the bar. He was a great cook and would prepare the most fantastic smelling food and was excellent at meal planning and organizing his work schedule. He was pleasant to deal with and encourage the others living at ROP every day.

Before Jeremy left Rights of Passage he had one more thing he wanted help with. Since he was a young child, he was told that he needed braces. He did not like to smile as his teeth were very crooked. We got in touch with one of the dentists who provides us with free dental care and he referred Jeremy to an orthodontist. Every year, we have a donor who purchases Christmas presents for the youth in Rights of Passage and Jeremy’s wish was for some help in paying for his (reduced) orthodontist fees. His wish was granted and his fees were paid.

Jeremy is now living independently and smiles often with his new grin.  

Image of Jeremy  

Global Grammas give love to CHV’s young people

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a Gramma! So Global Grammas have a partnership with Covenant House Vancouver to assist the ‘forgotten grandchildren’ who either don’t have grandparents or whose grandparents are not able or willing to support them.

“Global Gramma” Catherine Wayne of BC Canada initiated a charitable foundation at the suggestion of her granddaughter Edda, who is the inspiration behind the Edda Melkorka book series. Edda, who was given a choice about what to do with book sale proceeds, wanted to help other kids who didn’t have “Grammas.”

With the Edda Melkorka book proceeds, Catherine creates ‘Home Start-Up Kits’ for Covenant House to distribute to homeless youth who are being transitioned to stable accommodation.

Each Home Start-Up Kit includes essentials like pots, pans, dishes, linens and most importantly a personalized letter, “To Sweetie Love Gramma Letter NEW” letter which is full of love and friendly advice from ‘Gramma’ Catherine.

Work through the foundation encourages other ‘Grammas’ and ‘Grampas’, particularly those who are downsizing, to donate practical home and kitchen items to youth who would be grateful to receive them. For more information or to get involved contact  the  Global  Grammas.

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

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