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Bike in the “Ride for Refuge” in support of Covenant House

On October 4th, Covenant House Vancouver is participating in the Ride for Refuge, a non-competitive bicycling fundraiser. Covenant House is one of over 180 participating charities focused on helping the displaced, vulnerable and exploited.  The Vancouver ride is located in Richmond (no hills!), but there are a number of ride locations to choose from.

If you’d like to fundraise and ride for Covenant House (as a team captain or team member) please visit the Ride for Refuge website.  Don’t forget to choose Covenant House Vancouver as your charity of choice when setting up your team! More information is also available in a brochure here.

For more information on Covenant House or if you have questions, please contact:

Mark Savard
Development Officer – Community Giving
Covenant House Vancouver
604-639-8922 (direct)

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Happy BC Day Long Weekend

Our office will be closed on Monday August 4th and we will be back on Tuesday.

If you are a youth in need of help over the long weekend please call toll free 1-877-685-7474 and one of our youth workers can assist you.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Intact Foundation – Helping Youth Find a Home

Last week, we were extremely fortunate to receive support from the Intact Foundation for our Independent Living Program!

A big issue for homeless youth in Vancouver are the significant barriers in finding housing, including the low amount of rental accommodation in the city, the high price of this type of housing and a lack of life skills with which they can obtain and retain housing.

The Independent Living Program of Covenant House Vancouver builds community relationships to increase access to affordable housing options and teaches life skills to youth so they can manage relationships with landlords, cook and clean in their apartments, and self-advocate based on their rights as tenants.

The Intact Foundation has been a valued supporter of Covenant House since 2003. Over the years, they have made a tremendous difference to our youth, enabling them to take those first critical steps in getting off of the streets.

The Intact Foundation provides support to registered Canadian charitable organizations for endeavours that foster vibrant Canadian communities by encouraging independence and strength-of-mind among youth at-risk. They also support communities in preparing for long-lasting changes in weather patterns by funding organizations that focus on climate change adaptation. In 2013, Intact contributed approximately $4 million to charitable organizations that are active in communities across Canada.

A big thank you to the Intact Foundation for helping us make a difference in hundreds of young lives!

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Pictured: Mithles Lal, Branch Director, Western Division at Intact and Laura Pashkewych, Development Officer, Corporate & Foundation Giving at Covenant House.

New mural for our Drop-In Centre

The entrance to our Drop-In Centre has a new beautiful and welcoming mural thanks to the hard work of practicum student Ann. Ann was completing her practicum (a hands on learning experience) with our Outreach & Drop-In teams when she came up with the idea to create a mural. She dedicated a lot of time and effort into this project and the results are lovely. 

Thank you Ann!

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The quote featured on the wall says: “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”

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