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Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Covenant House team up to #BuckUp for Mental Health

On Saturday, May 28, 2016 as Vancouver Whitecaps FC host Houston Dynamo at BC Place, funds will be collected for the #BuckUp for Mental Health campaign. All fans are encouraged to donate at least $1 to this campaign, with a goal of raising $22,000 at the match. All proceeds raised will be donated to Covenant House Vancouver!
 
In 2015, Vancouver Whitecaps FC successfully raised over $21,300 for #BuckUp. In addition to raising money, #BuckUp aims to encourage the conversation about mental health and end the stigma surrounding it.
 
There are many ways to participate. To learn more and support #BuckUp for Mental Health click here.

If you have any questions or want to get involved contact:

Kira Fantov
kfantov@covenanthousebc.org

Have a wonderful Victoria Day Long Weekend!

Our office will be closed on Monday May 23rd and we will return on Tuesday May 24th.  If you are looking for information on dropping off clothing or other donations click here.

If you are in a youth in need of help over the long weekend please call 1-877-685-7474 toll-free to speak with a youth worker.

Have a great long weekend!

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A former youth drops by to share exciting news

One of my most rewarding moments as youth worker is seeing “old timer” youths return for a visit and talk about their journey. The insights and reflections that they have about life - their struggles and successes are both an inspiration and a joy.

A few months ago, the receptionist phoned me to come to the front desk because someone was looking for me. The receptionist said that the guest did not want his name mentioned to me because he wanted to surprise me.  When I saw the youth, I was pleasantly surprised to see him after many years. It has been over four years since I last saw this youth when he first stayed in the Crisis Program where I used to work.  When he left for ROP (Rights of Passage), I lost contact with him until this day.

We exchanged pleasantries and reminisced about the good old days in the Crisis Program. We both laughed at different stories from the past. He also talked about his life-changing experience in ROP and how staff helped him attend various job training programs. He said those programs helped give him an edge when applying for food industries jobs which he loves. He was beaming with pride as he told me that he was successful in a job interview that he had just completed. He let me know he was instantly hired to work in a high-end restaurant. In fact, he said he was so excited that he had to drop by and share this good news with me and I was the first one to know about his new job. 

How heart-warming it is to know that of all people that this youth could have shared his success with, it was with me that he chose to share his joy! Oh, those little unexpected surprises in life especially coming from the youth are some of the best joys of this job.

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A Big Thank You to Hockey Helps the Homeless!

By supporting community organizations and raising awareness, Hockey Helps the Homeless works towards a future where every Canadian has a place to call home.  This year, Hockey Helps the Homeless is helping fund Covenant House’s Outreach Program with an incredible gift of $25,000!

Our Outreach Program acts as the first point of contact that many homeless youth have with Covenant House. Instead of relying on youth to find their way to us, we proactively seek them out, meeting them “where they are at.” By making contact with young people and establishing relationships built on trust and mutual respect, we can let them know that someone cares about them, put them in touch with the resources they need, and encourage them to access Covenant House’s programs, including the Drop-In Centre, Crisis Program, and mental health and addictions counselling. This gift from Hockey Helps the Homeless will help us reach out to 263 homeless youth in Vancouver.

Founded in 1996, Hockey Helps the Homeless has raised over $10 million for homeless support agencies across the country. Net proceeds from the tournament are donated directly to local partner organizations that are dedicated to helping end homelessness in our communities. To learn more about Hockey Helps the Homeless and the amazing work that they are doing across Canada, please visit  http://www.hockeyhelpsthehomeless.com.  

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Value Communication is one of our five core principles

Value Communication  - Lying, cheating, stealing; these are part of the street code. It's the way young people are forced to survive on the street. We try to show our youth, by example, that lying, cheating and stealing are wrong, that street values are destructive. Even more important, we teach them that caring relationships are built on trust, respect and honesty.

Help a young person leave the streets behind.  Donate today

Value Communication is one of our five core principles

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