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“I need to change my life…I can’t do this anymore…it’s going to kill me.”

We have a young man, Mark, who was suspended overnight recently for coming back to the Crisis Shelter after having smoked pot.  He was asked to come back in the morning when he was no longer under the influence to speak with staff about getting back on track. Sure enough, Mark was at our door first thing the next morning, waiting patiently to speak with his youth worker (me) about what happened that evening. The usual “tough guy/gangster” bravado that this young man usually carried was replaced by a humbled look of shame. I approached him in the lobby with a warm smile and asked him if he was alright…with his head hung low, he gave me a subtle nod “yes”. I asked him to come inside so that we could have a private chat.

As soon as we got into the office, Mark broke down and started crying. He was so emotional that his hands were shaking as he held them over his face. It took a few minutes for him to be able to form the words, but he began expressing remorse over the kind of life he had been living and the people he had hurt. The life of crime and gang activity that had been so much a part of this young man’s street life had finally taken its toll. Through the sobs came the words “I need to change my life…I can’t do this anymore…it’s going to kill me.”

Mark apologized for using marijuana the night before and talked about how he now realizes that his drug use is associated with his feelings of remorse and regret. He said that leading up to now, he never thought he had a chance to live a decent life and for the first time thought he might be able to do it.

Mark said that the whole time he was out on the overnight suspension he just wanted so badly to come back to the Shelter so that he could commit to changing.  He said that he needed our help to fulfill his commitment. I responded by saying “that’s exactly what we are here for…it would be an honour”.

Today marks the beginning of a new relationship between Covenant House and a young person who has finally decided that he can trust us enough to let us help him on his path to a better life. This is what it is all about!

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Porte Realty supports ROP through our Give a Day, Build a Life campaign

Each year, Porte Realty reaches out to lend helping hands to support the communities in which they create and manage. Porte Realty sets aside a portion of their earnings each year to support charitable causes in our community. Kerry, Daniel, Jenny, Madi & Brandi from Porte Realty came in to tour Covenant House and learn more about programs that help youth exit life on the street and progress towards lasting independence. This fall, Porte Realty staff have elected to support the dedicated youth in Rights of Passage- the transitional supportive housing program at Covenant House. They offered an outstanding gift of $5,926 to the Give a Day, Build a Life campaign – where their gift will be matched – and will provide almost two full days of care for youth in ROP.

We would like to recognize Porte Realty for their inspiring commitment to our community and thank them for their generous gift to kick start the Give a Day, Build a Life campaign. To learn more about Porte Realty, please visit their website here.

To learn more about how you can support the dedicated young people in Rights of Passage through the Give a Day, Build a Life campaign, please click here or contact Jessica or Abbie at (604) 638-4438. 

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Last day to share a recipe with our young people

It’s a joy learning to cook

So please share a recipe from your book.

Breakfast, lunch or dinner from you

appetizer, dessert, or fondue

When our youth cook they will think of you!

Last chance to share a recipe with our youth.
We are creating a cookbook so when our youth head out on their own they will know they are supported and loved by their Covenant House family. Please share a recipe and show your love today!

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Start making a difference in lives of our youth today with a personal fundraising page

Want to rally friends, family and coworkers to help end homelessness one young person at a time? Our personal fundraising page gives you tools to build your own web page, send emails, set fundraising goals, collect donations and acknowledge your supporters. You can set up an engaging page for yourself or a community group to track your fundraising progress, engage your community and share your events using social media. United with your friends and family you can make a huge difference in the lives of Vancouver’s street youth.

To learn more about our Personal Fundraising Page Program click here.

If you have any questions please feel free to call or email:

Mark Savard
Development Officer - Community Giving

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