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"I feel happy that Covenant House helped me"

In her own words a young person describes how she blossomed into an independent young person while living at our Rights of Passage (ROP)  program.

"Covenant House helped me to learn how to cook and clean better than I could before I came.  They helped me to learn job skills.  When I lived at Covenant House, I met people and made friends. They helped me with the case plan to plan what I am going to do today and tomorrow.  They asked me to help with the community brunch and dinner and I liked to help.  They woke me up in the morning so that I could go to school on time. 

At Covenant House I got experience budgeting.  I learned how to do a budget, because I like to spend money.  They showed me how to take care of myself; they took me grocery shopping and they helped me find somewhere to live when I left Covenant House.  I feel happy that Covenant House helped me find a better place to live."
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At ROP youth recieve:

  • A fully furnished apartment at Covenant House
  • 24-hour support from Youth Workers
  • Help learning to clean and take care of household responsibilities
  • Help with decision-making, money management, time management, communication skills and conflict resolution
  • Support maintaining employment and/or developing an education plan
  • Wake-up calls and help sticking to schedules (reminders of appointments and assignments)
  • One community meal each week
  • Counselling and additional support as required to heal from the abuses of the past

Rest in peace Cory Monteith

We send our blessings and sympathies to the family and friends of Cory Monteith who passed away yesterday in Vancouver.  Cory was a wonderful friend to and supporter of Covenant House.  He filmed a video challenge a few years ago encouraging people to support an event that would benefit us and matched Laineygossip's donation.  

There are no words at such a time, only love to send to all those who shared his life.

Corey Monteith

Learning to buy healthy food on a budget

I have recently been walking youth from ROP to stores in Chinatown to education them about how to save money when shopping.  I went to Sunrise Market with a youth one week.  As we walked there she spoke about having done research into what foods were beneficial for her skin, her hair and her overall well being.  The youth was excited to see what food she would find at the market.

We walked around Sunrise for a long time comparing fruits, vegetables and prices.  The youth and I spoke about the items in her basket and how she would use them for healthy snacks and salads.  The youth was concerned whether the purchase would be within her budget.

At the check out the staff member announced the total to the youth as $17.00.  The youth was shocked and asked the staff member if this was correct, which it was.  The smile on the youth’s face was really great to see.  As we walked back home to ROP she spoke about how she did know she could buy so much healthy food for so little money.  She literally had 3 bags full of groceries.

That afternoon the youth posted pictures of herself on her Facebook page and was asking her friends to try and guess how much she had spent.  She was very proud of herself, her new shopping skills and her improved budget.

Overall it was a really educational and fun outing.  Supported life skills activities are crucial within our program, as they assist youth in learning how to provide for themselves and in turn growing into independent young people.

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Online Donations Page Under Construction July 10th 11:00am - 1:00pm

Please be aware that our online donations page is undergoing an update on July 10th from approximately 11:00am to 1:00pm in order to provide you with an easier online donation experience. We will be unable to process online donations for a few hours and it may take us a couple of days to get everything in perfect order. We thank you for your patience at this time, if you want to make a donation or have any questions you can call us at 604-638-GIFT(4438) or pop back tommorrow to make an online gift.

Once again thank you for your support & patience.
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