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Fireworks Parking in Support of Covenant House – Saturday August 3rd

The Whole Foods Market on Robson Street has generously offered up their parking lot to Covenant House Vancouver for the final fireworks night on Saturday August 3rd. Anyone who’d like to park in the West End on fireworks night as well as support Covenant House can park in the Robson Street Whole Foods lot for $20 starting at 6:00 p.m.

Just look for the four dedicated Covenant House volunteers who will be on site to assist you!

fireworks parking in support of CHV

"Every youth deserves safety, warmth, and re-assurance they are not alone"

Several weeks ago a youth new to us presented for intake seeking a bed in our Crisis Shelter as he could no longer live at home. This youth stayed in our Shelter for about a week before telling staff he would be leaving the coming weekend to go and live with a friend as they pursued an employment opportunity. The weekend came and on the day before the youth planned to leave he approached me and asked for paper and an envelope; about 20 minutes later he returned with the envelope now sealed. As he handed it to me he said enclosed was a letter which he wished to give to staff.

It read:

“Dear Covenant Staff,

Thank you so much for the wonderful hospitality that you people have provided. I love the service that you guys offer to the youth of today, it is most exceptional.

I had a safe stay that is not provided anywhere else that I know of.

Having been recommended by a friend who stayed here in 2010, who loved her stay, I would happily do the same to anyone in the same situation.

So thank you all.”

In the Crisis Shelter we remain dedicated and committed to provide for every youth the safety, warmth, and re-assurance they are not alone, which they are seeking in their time of need. The above story is a testament to that dedication and commitment and shows that together we can make a difference. This story, and many others, only serves to motivate me and all of my colleagues to continue to serve youth who may find themselves at our doorstep in crisis.

picture of shelter room
Picture of Crisis Shelter bed

1Karma: A Day at the Races 2013

Ladies, break out those fascinators and gentlemen, ascot ties will put you on the A-List.

The time has come for you to show off your derby duds for an afternoon of food, fun and philanthropy. Riaz Meghji and Jason Sarai, co-founders of 1Karma, invite you to the 2nd annual ‘A Day at the Races’ event at the Hastings Racecourse on Saturday August 10, 2013. This year they are raising funds for Covenant House Vancouver.

Tickets are now available online for $100 each. This year, there will be a tax receipt of approximately $50 per ticket courtesy of Covenant House that will be emailed to buyers a week after the event. Your ticket includes a three course lunch buffet and access to our exclusive patio setup at the Hastings Racecourse. 

We would love to see you there, so buy your tickets early so we can ensure you are on our list.

1Karma: ‘A Day at the Races 2013’

When:           Saturday August 10, 2013 – 1pm to 5pm

Where:            Patios at Hastings Racecourse – Enter PNE Gate 6 or 9

Cause:             Raising funds for Covenant House (

Cost:              $100 per ticket (approximately $50 tax receipt courtesy of Covenant House Vancouver)

                           *Includes three course lunch buffet/exclusive patio access*

Please Note:

*          Dress code: Traditional Racing Attire (ie. Belmont Stakes with your twist)

*          Drinks are an additional cost - Wine, Beer and Coolers will be available

1karma a day at the races

Coast Capital Savings – Helping Us to Help Our Youth

We were recently fortunate to receive a generous $7,500 gift from Coast Capital Savings for our Crisis Shelter. This gift will allow us to continue to provide the services of our Crisis Shelter to the over 500 homeless young people who will come through our doors this year. No matter what their needs are, we will provide them with the programs and counseling that they need to transition off of the streets.

The goal of Coast Capital Savings is to help build a richer future for youth in their communities by supporting four key areas: Financial, Education, Family & Social Connections, and Health. Since 2006, Coast Capital Savings has contributed over $33 million to the communities where they work and live.

Thank you to everyone at Coast Capital Savings for being there for our young people!