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The 10th Annual Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival

The festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary and is featuring over 80 events at over 25 locations throughout the Downtown Eastside with special anniversary events including the premiere of Bread and Salt on the post-festival weekend of November 8-10.

To learn more click here or on the poster.

heart of the city festival poster

R.A.W (Right And Wrong) - Youth Poem

R.A.W (Right And Wrong)

I am who I am
Asking me to change is like
Telling earth to spin the other way.
Where you see failure
I had success
I'm not perfect
And that's causing you distress.
Yes I may have had it all
But when I fell I rose from the fall
Bad decisions were made and I take the blame
You keep reminding me so I want to make them again.
You may not see a future for me
But the present is where I'm at today
And Quite frankly, I'm doing okay.
Tearing your heart up isn't my intent
But if me being me doesn't make you content
All I can say is I'm sorry that I'm raw not pretend
Your hopes and dreams for me aren't tuned in wrong
I just used different lyrics to create this song.
You had a plan for me from the go
I didn't give it much thought till I had to make it alone
Now I'm paying the repercussions with change
Letting go of one or two things
A couple of habits u may not know
A few life decisions reprogrammed so I can grow
But never me never my mind never my soul.
So love me for being imperfect
Hold me tight like a tourniquet
Understand me even after what u saw
Accept me for being raw.

Wedding Design Studio Presents: 2nd Annual Masquerade Ball Benefitting CHV

When: Friday November 1, 2013

Where: Langley Golf and Banquet Centre
21550 44th Avenue Langley BC

19+ Only
Doors open at 6:30.
More info click here.

$20 advance
$25 door

Contact for tickets and info:
Alfonso Ocampo- 604-613-3723
Taylor Coft - 604-866-8770
Tyler Heppell- 778-899-4377

A fun night for a good cause! This formal event will include a cash bar and live entertainment all night! There will also be a raffle and a silent auction with items provided by our generous sponsors. All Proceeds go towards supporting the Covenant House Vancouver.

halloween event for chv

A trip for a rice cooker leads to a pleasant surprise

I needed a rice cooker and I decided to take my son and go to a gourmet kitchen store to try and purchase one. Getting there took a long time as the traffic was very busy, it was raining, and I had difficulty finding parking. When I got inside, I found out that there were no rice cookers. I was disappointed as we had come quite a distance.

We decided to browse around and see what other treasures the store had. Suddenly I hear “Hey.” I looked up and I recognized one of our youth, “Max”, who has not stayed with us in quite a while. He was with a customer, but came up and gave me a huge hug, and whispered something like try and come to my register when you leave. My son and I completed our shopping and we got in line to pay. There were several tills, and I wondered if we would end up at Max’s. When he saw us in line, his face lit up. We did end up at his till. He told me how he was doing well, he loved his job and that he was so happy to see me. He introduced himself to my son and came around from the till to give me another big hug, and wished us well, before we left the store.   

It was so wonderful to see him happy and doing so well. I told him that seeing him had made my day. He said “Me too.” I had at first thought it had been a wasted trip going all the way out to the kitchen store for the rice cooker, but now, I was very glad that we had gone.

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