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Mental Illness Awareness Week: October 4-10, 2015

"Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) is an annual national public education campaign designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness. The week was established in 1992 by the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and is now coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) in cooperation with all its member organizations and many other supporters across Canada.

Mental illness affects more than six million people across the country, or one in five Canadians. A strong societal stigmatization of mental illness persists, forcing individuals into the shadows to suffer alone in silence. Unfortunately, many Canadians with mental illness will not seek the help they need and society continues to remain unaware of the significant burden mental illness places on us all." -  CAMIMH

Learn more and see what events are happening in your community  here.

Mental Illness Awareness Week  

Tommorrow is the Ride for Refuge in support of Covenant House Vancouver

Tomorrow on October 3rd, Covenant House Vancouver is once again participating in the Ride for Refuge, a non-competitive bicycling fundraiser. Covenant House is one of over 180 participating charities focused on helping those who are displaced, vulnerable or who have been exploited.

Our teams the Covenant House Hubsters, The Wheel Deal and Tour de Farce have been training hard and doing lots of fundraising but we still need your support. We are so close to reaching our goal of raising $8000.00 so please donate to one of our team members or write a note of encouragement on one of our fundraising pages.

Simply click the link to help: 
Covenant House Hubsters
The Wheel Deal
Tour de Farce

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

Mark Savard 
Jen Moric 

Group picture of Covenant House teams at Ride for Refuge in 2014 

Three fun & easy ways to volunteer with Covenant House this fall!

1.            Thank-a-Thon’s

Thank-a-Thon's are fun-filled evenings where volunteers get together and call our donors just to say “thank-you”. Because we are primarily privately funded, it is important for us to be able to reach our donors and thank them personally for the difference they make in our young peoples’ lives.

Starting Monday October 5th, volunteers will meet at Covenant House from 5:00pm-7:30pm. You can sign up to volunteer for one Thank-a-Thon or as many as you like!

2. Christmas Helpers  

Help us spread Christmas cheer to our young people by helping us during the holiday season. We need volunteers to help us sort and organize donations, help with season backpack task and ever gift wrap. If you love Christmas and want to help put a smile on a young person’s faces this is the volunteer position for you. This position is on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. (Space is limited to contact us soon)

3. Group Volunteer support

  The holiday season is the perfect time of year to get your office/team/friends to team up and volunteer together. October through January is one of our busiest times for our gift-in-kind department. We love having group assist us with the sorting of our  in-kind donations such as food, clothing, and household items. If you’re looking for a season activity for your group to get involved in this one is for you!

If you would like to volunteer or learn more about these volunteer opportunities please call Amanda Merler at 604-639-8920 or email  

If you can give us a couple hours of your time, we can guarantee you a positive, uplifting experience!

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Eunice the pig brings joy to our youth

Last week we were very happy to have a visit from a special friend who came to meet us all the way from her farm in Saskatchewan! The youth in our Drop-In space were thrilled to meet Eunice and she put smiles on all of our faces. It was very cool to learn about her (she has her own Facebook page!) and some of us were invited to feed her one of her favorite foods – mandarin oranges. Thanks to Covenant House supporters Willis and Geraldine Larson for bringing Eunice such a long way and for bringing joy and happiness to our young people!

Eunice the pig picture 

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