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Holly finds family and friends at Covenant House

Recently, I have been working with a young lady called Holly. She has a heart of gold but has grown up in an unstable and unhealthy home environment. She has taken quite a bit of abuse from her family and over the years learned to  loathe herself. She did not know any better. The lack of self-esteem was quite evident. She really needed a lot of encouragement around keeping clean, and tidying her room. She would often put other people’s needs ahead of hers because she prefers not to take care of herself because she thinks she doesn’t deserve to be taken care of.

When Holly found her way to the Crisis Shelter, we witnessed an amazing and beautiful  response from the  other youth towards her. She instantly became everyone’s little sister. A few of the boys became protective and took her under their wing. She later moved into ROP where the love continued, a few people took the time to get to know her, laughed with her and stood up for her. They loved her like family and even though she still struggles with loving herself, she has family here who love her and that is the most important thing in the world.

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Covenant House Vancouver is looking for people to join our biker gang!

On October 4th, Covenant House Vancouver is participating in the Ride for Refuge, a non-competitive bicycling fundraiser. Covenant House is one of over 180 participating charities focused on helping the displaced, vulnerable and exploited.  The Vancouver ride is located in Richmond (no hills!), but there are a number of ride locations to choose from.

If you’d like to fundraise and ride for Covenant House (as a team captain or team member) please visit the Ride for Refuge website.  Don’t forget to choose Covenant House Vancouver as your charity of choice when setting up your team! More information also available in brochure here.

For more information on Covenant House or if you have questions, please contact:

Mark Savard
Development Officer – Community Giving
Covenant House Vancouver
604-639-8922 (direct)

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Conconi Covenant House Challenge a Huge Success!

This spring, a challenge was issued and our supporters came through in a big way for us. Throughout the month of June, Bob Conconi and The Robert L. Conconi Foundation partnered with us to match all donations up to $150,000 – and together with our supporters, we reached our goal!

Thank you to all of our amazing supporters: caring individuals, community groups, schools, foundations, corporations and more, who came together to join the Conconi Covenant House Challenge!  The funds raised will go a long way in helping our youth become healthy, independent adults.

Bob Conconi believes, “Each of us has a responsibility in life to leave this world a better place than we found it…” and we can truly say that Bob and all of our supporters who joined the Challenge have helped Covenant House in a very special way, with incredible generosity that will touch the lives of many young people in need.

A huge thank you to Bob Conconi, his family, the Robert L. Conconi Foundation and all the Conconi Covenant House Challenge supporters for their incredible community spirit this season!

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Two Uplifting Stories of Success from our Crisis Shelter

Mark calls to let us know he is doing well:

Mark came to Shelter about two months ago. During his stay Mark connected with mental health supports, worked on addressing his mental health issues and found a job; he Mark was even able to find his own place and move in. Recently, Mark called to update staff that he loves his new place, is happy and doing well. He also let us know that he will continue to see his mental health supports!

Matthew attends his first NA meeting:

Matthew has been in and out of our Crisis Shelter and has struggled due to his addiction. Matthew went to his first NA (Narcotics Anonymous) meeting this evening. He came back to the Shelter very excited because he was able to connect with an old friend who runs the meetings. Matthew told staff all about how much support he felt from the meeting, how excited and inspired he is to continue his recovery journey!


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