As our youth move towards independence and they strike out on their own our Housing Support Workers provide them with "Start-Up" kits and food bags. These kits contain basic household and kitchen items to help them settle into their new accommodations.
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Not everyone is lucky enough to have a Gramma! So Global Grammas have a partnership with Covenant House Vancouver to assist the ‘forgotten grandchildren’ who either don’t have grandparents or whose grandparents are not able or willing to support them.
Global Grammas provide Start-Up Kits and each Home Start-Up Kit includes essentials like pots, pans, dishes, linens and most importantly a personalized letter, “To Sweetie Love Gramma Letter” letter which is full of love and friendly advice from ‘Gramma’ Catherine.
The Global Grammas recently stopped by for a visit and to bring some much needed items. Thank you Global Grammas for providing love and hope to our young people!
Pictured Mark Savard, Development Officer with Global Grammas
Caleb came to our Crisis Program after leaving his family home due to not being able to live with his Mom who had addiction and mental health issues. Caleb deeply cared for his Mom but could no longer watch her deteriorate and felt he needed to focus on himself. Caleb had some physical health issues which had not been affecting him recently but could flare up anytime and will probably cause some problems later in life.
Caleb got a job in a kitchen straight away and could clearly articulate what he needed to do to achieve his goals. A job training resource with a good reputation was suggested for helping him achieve his goal of working in construction as he felt the kitchen work wasn’t a good fit. He had no problem getting set up in the training program, got all his tickets for working on construction sites and got a job within three weeks.
He started work with great enthusiasm, unfortunately, his Grandmother who he had a very close and positive relationship became very ill. He left our Crisis Program to be with his grandmother who soon passed away and it was devastating for him. Soon after Caleb returned to Covenant House emotionally drained but determined to press ahead with the goals he started out to achieve. He returned to work and since then he has kept on working and set a goal date to move out to find his own accommodation.
Despite some very tough circumstances Caleb is well on his way to achieving his goals!
The Home Depot Canada Foundation is dedicated to taking action to put an end to youth homelessness in Canada through The Orange Door Project fundraising campaign.
Between Sept. 1 and Oct. 9, purchase a $2 paper door at the checkout of the Richmond, Vancouver, and Vancouver Cambie Home Depot stores and proceeds will support Covenant House Vancouver. You can also make a secure, online donation at orangedoorproject.ca and give homeless young people in your community the housing, support, and hope they need to live safe, healthy and productive lives.
Click here to learn more about The Home Depot Canada Foundation and donate today!