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Mothers are sleeping out in support of homeless youth and they need your help!

On May, 5th 2016 an amazing group of mothers will be spending one night sleeping on the street. But it’s not about pretending to be homeless. It’s about showing a group of young people that they are worthy of unconditional love and absolute respect, and proving that we care enough about them to be uncomfortable for one night; to be vulnerable so they can be safe.

Our mothers need your help to reach their goal of raising $75,000! Every dollar raised through the Sleep Out: Mothers Edition will help our Outreach Team connect with youth who are living on the streets and in need of immediate care.

To learn more about Sleep Out: Mothers Edition or to support a participant please visit our website.

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Helping our youth get from A to B

Our  continuum of care  provides a wide range of services to help young people develop the skills necessary to make it on their own including providing our youth with bus tickets.  Bus tickets help our young people safely get to important appointments, meet with professionals, look for jobs and attend school.

We are always happy to accept individual transit  tickets or monthly passes as donations.

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One Positive Decision

This past winter, a Sunday night art group was offered at Covenant House which was run by youth workers and was open to all. The art group was optional and provided youth staying in our Crisis Program an opportunity to participate in a therapeutic group activity.

One evening, Sam, a youth worker, made the announcement that art group was going to begin and any youth interested in attending were to meet in the front lobby in 5 minutes. Once in the lobby, youth worker and 4 interested youth were all bundled up and ready walk the 15 minutes to art group.

Once out the building and around the corner, Sam heard someone calling her name and as she looked around she noticed it was Becky, one of the girls staying in our Crisis Program. When Becky caught up to the group, she stated she was going to go out with her friends tonight but saw the group leaving and decided to come ‘check out’ art group with them instead.

While at art group, Becky chose to participate in the paper mache activity, and asked Sam to help her. While engaging in the art activity, Becky turned to Sam and said “I’m really happy I chose to come to art group tonight instead of going out with my friends, I am having a good time. Plus If I ended up going out with my friends I might have ended up staying up all night drinking and going back to my old ways.”

Sam smiled at Becky and told her she was happy she chose to come as well. 

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Leaving Home: A National Study on Youth Homelessness in Canada

“The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH), working with the National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness and A Way Home, was pleased to be able to conduct a national youth homelessness survey in the fall of 2015, the first of its kind ever conducted in Canada.

The Home Depot Canada Foundation provided funding for this ambitious project, the overall goal of which is to develop a better understanding of the causes and conditions of youth homelessness in order to feed into more effective plans, strategies and interventions designed to prevent, reduce and end youth homelessness.

Coming in at 34 pages, this survey is comprehensive. It asks about education, health and wellness, income and employment, demographics, participation in child protection services, and more, and allows participants to give a snapshot of their current situation i.e. what factors are relevant to their leaving home (or being told to leave or being removed). Perhaps most novel is that we ask youth if they consider themselves homeless.

Despite the length, and in addition to our thanks to participants for their patience with the time it must have taken to complete the survey, feedback was positive, including this from Covenant House Vancouver, “The AWESOME feedback – many of the youth expressed gratitude for taking part. Many expressed that it was the ‘nicest’ survey they have ever been asked to complete. They felt like it was comprehensive, respectful, and is the first time that a survey or project really captured their true experience.”

The next steps will be data analysis, taking place in March/April 2016, and a forthcoming report that provides the baseline of youth homelessness in Canada today. Stay tuned for more!” – Written by Claire Major and take from The Homeless Hub

Leaving Home: A National Study on Youth Homelessness in Canada

Immediacy is one of our five core principals

Immediacy   – Young people come to us in crisis, desperately requiring help. We provide for their basic human needs – food, clothing, a shower, medical attention, a safe bed – immediately.

You can  help our young people  get the help they  need  right now.  Donate  today.  

Immediacy is one of our five core principals 

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