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New report on the health of homeless and street-involved youth in BC

"Homeless and street-involved youth are among the most vulnerable populations in Canada and experience significant health inequities. The 2014 Homeless and Street-Involved Youth Survey (HSI- YS) captured information from youth living in 13 diverse communities across British Columbia between October 2014 and January 2015. A total of 689 youth (aged 12–19 years) participated, from which the study collected 681 usable surveys."  -Homeless Hub 

 Click to read:  Our Communities Our Youth: The health of homeless and street-involved youth in BC  published by  the  McCreary Centre Society.

Our communities, our youth a report 

Kurt thrives in the supportive environment of ROP

“Kurt” came to the Crisis Program due to some family issues. He had moved around with his family quite a bit living in two other countries before coming to Canada in his High School years. He had already settled into the  Crisis Program  for a couple of months when I started working with him. His English was a little broken but very understandable. Kurt was a little quirky, very intelligent and had a big smile. He was quite young and his father felt he needed to move out and make it in the world by himself. Kurt had no real life skills to make it on his own and starting by camping in the back garden of the family home. His situation seemed quite harsh. I remember looking at this boy and how vulnerable he was and comparing how different he was to a lot of street smart youth I work with.

He also developed diabetes, so on top of learning how to cope being fully independent, all of a sudden he had to learn how to manage that disease. It was a challenge for him to look after himself and his health and he often felt unwell and needed medical support.  We learned he had a passion to cook and he found jobs quite easily as a cook. He had shown staff pictures in his phone of all the different meals he could make, literally hundreds of photos. It was something that he enjoyed both as a job and hobby in his spare time. He identified it as something he really liked to do.

Our Rights of Passage program appeared to be a good fit for him. It did not take long before he got accepted into the program and he also got accepted into a cook training program.  ROP  was a perfect fit for Kurt as he needed a supportive and nurturing environment to learn and grown. Kurt needed support around maintaining a job, learning life skills like budgeting and self-care around his health. His time in the Crisis Program taught him some of those skills but it was great to see him in a program that would continue to develop them.

I see him in the building quite regularly. He is doing well in life and his training program and always has a big smile. Keep up the great work Kurt!

You can provide a supportive and caring environment to more young people just like Kurt.   DONATE TODAY and help youth to thrive. 

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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.  

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PIF Presents: Play [Mental Health] Forward

Play It Forward is excited to announce  it's upcoming summer show! Entry is by donation with all proceeds going to a group of amazing charities working to spread mental health awareness including Covenant House. Come by on August 16th  and listen to some incredible local talent !

Details here.

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