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Community Dinner Creates Life Skills & Memories

Each month ROP holds a Community Dinner; these dinners allow our youth, staff and special guests to come together as a community. It also helps us teach our young people life skills such as cooking and the importance of eating healthy food.

For our February 5th Community Dinner the amazing meal consisted of spaghetti squash and a meat bolognas sauce. A total of five youth helped to prepare a meal for thirty people including youth, staff, guests and friends. The cooks choose to use spaghetti squash instead of regular noodles as it was a healthier option.

For the March 5th Community Dinner a homemade green coconut curry was made. The curry paste was made from scratch and it was delicious. The grocery shopping was done in nearby china town and the paste was made with authentic ingredients. A total of three youth were involved in the design and preparation of this meal and all those who ate it agreed it was genuinely restaurant quality.

If you are interested in checking out the recipes used for the bolognas sauce please click here and for the Thai Curry click here.

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Comedy Show Fundraiser in Support of CHV

Vancouver Diamond Campus Lions Club is hosting the 2nd Annual Covenant House Vancouver Fundraiser at Yuk Yuk's on March 28th at 10:30pm.

Tickets are $20 each and proceeds will go to the Covenant House Vancouver. Feel free to invite your friends, family, or anyone you think will enjoy a great show!

Tickets can be purchased through members of the VDCLC through Facebook or Twitter.
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See the Cirque du Soleil Show "Totem" this Spring & support CHV!

The magic of Cirque du Soleil returns to Vancouver in spring 2014 with its show Totem, described as "a fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind".

We're pleased to announce that Cirque du Soleil has once again chosen to partner with Covenant House, donating tickets for fundraising purposes.

• Covenant House's benefit night will be Friday, May 30th, 2014
• Tickets are $150 each (with a partial tax receipt reflecting the difference between the retail and benefit night pricing)
• We have 200 tickets available in great Category 1 seating

For more information or to purchase your tickets please contact:

Mark Savard
Development Officer – Community Giving
Tel (604) 639-8922

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Vanessa's dedication and inner strength helped her reach her goal

Vanessa is a youth staying with us at Rights of Passage (ROP) who recently registered for school. She was feeling overwhelmed with the responsibilities of juggling work and school and had told me she felt as though she may not be able to pass her test that morning.

Before she left for school that morning, I asked her how she was feeling about her test. She responded by saying “I am going to fail; I’m just not smart enough!” I told her “I know you will do well. I’ve seen you studying hard for this”. She left that morning frantically in a hurry to make it to her test on time and appeared to be anxious and fearful of the morning ahead.

The following week Vanessa came running up to me with a huge smile on her face and said “guess what, you know that test I had last week? I got an A, I can’t believe it, the teacher even wrote great job on it!”   Vanessa has faced multiple barriers in her life, including a physical disability and mental health diagnosis. As a youth worker, it was so nice to be able to share that moment of accomplishment with her and see the confidence boost and sense of self-worth after seeing that her hard work paid off.

ROP supports young people working towards independent living and this is something Vanessa had accomplished all on her own. We may have been there to support her but her own dedication and inner strength is what had helped her reach her goal.

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