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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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Intact – making a difference in the lives of our youth

We were fortunate to receive a gift of $25,000 for our Independent Living Program from the Intact Foundation this past week. This innovative program exists to serve our youth by assisting them in finding safe and affordable housing. In addition, our staff teaches them the life skills that are needed to maintain their housing such as managing relationships with landlords, cooking and cleaning in their apartments, and self-advocating based on their rights as tenants. Whatever our youth need, our staff are there for them – offering support and guidance.
 
Intact Foundation funds 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. Last year, the Foundation donated approximately $3.8 million to charities and organizations that have helped make Intact's communities a better place to live. An alternative sentence can be: Since 2003, more than $18 million has been donated to charitable organizations to help improve the lives of Canadians from coast to coast.
 
Thank you to everyone at Intact for helping to make our Independent Living Program such a success, year after year.

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Walter Turns 4!

Walter our Therapy Dog recently celebrated his 4th birthday. Hope this cute picture of him licking his lips over his birthday treat brings you some joy this Friday!

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Chef Matt Stowe shares his cooking talent with youth at ROP

Last night, the youth in our Rights of Passage (ROP) Program were thrilled to have a private cooking class with Canada's Next Top Chef Winner Chef Matt Stowe. Our ROP program provides young people with transitional living support while they are working and/or going to school. Offering lifeskills training, such as cooking on a budget, is a vital component to the program's success.

Chef Stowe volunteered his time to come in and teach the youth how to produce 3 healthy dishes from one whole chicken. On the menu was:

Chicken salad sandwiches
Chicken rice soup
Penne with chicken, bacon and peas
Apricot cobbler

As Chef Stowe explained, a whole chicken costs about $9 and from that, the youth can produce 3 meals for about as much as a fast food meal would cost. Healthy, cost effective and delicious, the 3 chicken dishes were prepared last night by the youth in our ROP kitchen. Chef Stowe also provided some helpful kitchen tips including:

  • When boiling water for pasta, add so much salt that the water tastes like the ocean (this adds flavor to the pasta while it's cooking)
  • Stuff the chicken with some rosemary or other herb prior to cooking to infuse the bird with wonderful flavor and aroma
  • Instant flavoured oatmeal is a great ingredient for any kind of fruit cobbler

The young people really enjoyed themselves and took to the cooking like naturals. Sitting down when the meal was completed was a highlight for me – the food was amazing and the youth were justifiably proud and impressed by what they had helped prepare.

Thank you to Chef Matt Stowe for his generous spirit and his gift of time and expertise and also to the Cactus Club for providing all of the ingredients for the wonderful meal.

See the CTV Morning Live Coverage and Vancouver Sun article.

Canada's Next Top Chef Winner Matt Stowe with youth at Covenant House Vancouver

Photo credit: Mark van Manen, PNG