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Sara follows her heart and it leads her to independence

Today I was called to the front desk as there was a youth who wanted to say hello. When I opened the door I was pleasantly surprised to see Sara standing there. It had been about a month since I had seen her and it had been several months since she had stayed in the Shelter. Sara smiled and said hello as I greeted her.  She looked really healthy and happy.

We chatted about what she was doing. She updated me that she still had her job at the coffee shop and had been working there for over 6 months an all-time record for Sara. She went on to talk about how she was still living with her boyfriend and had just spent some time with his family.  When Sara left the Shelter months ago, many staff (including myself) thought that Sara once again, was repeating old behaviours that were going to end in Sara returning to our Shelter even more confused and lost. But we were wrong. Sara was doing really well…probably the best I had ever seen her do.

She was more independent, working, and accomplishing her goals. Her mental health seemed more stable and she was talking about her future plans to go to school. As I spoke to Sara I couldn’t have felt more happy and proud of her accomplishment and I let her know this. She didn’t seemed surprised that I felt this way but smiled kind of bashfully all the same as she thanked me for my observations. Nearing the end of the conversation Sara asked if she could share a few things with me. I said of course and she showed me a beautiful rose tattoo on her forearm. This was very symbolic for Sara and she had waited a long time to have it done so I knew how proud she was to show it to me. Sara also shared a picture of her new pet chinchilla with me and gushed over her pet as she described his “chinchilla ways”.

After Sara left I thought of how far she had come. The goals she had set and reached for herself and I wondered where her life would take her next. Whatever she did I did know one thing Sara would do what was right for her and what would make her happy. Which is all one could really wish for her.

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Are you a student looking to volunteer over the summer? Then look no further!

If you are looking to get some volunteer hours in over the summer then volunteering with Covenant House Vancouver is for you!

We have specific positions available to students that require less commitment and a less rigorous application process. You won't be working directly with our youth but you will still be helping to make a huge difference for the young people in our community.

Types of positions available:

Thank-a-Thon Program

Monday's or Friday's
Between the hours of 9:00am and 3:00pm in an office setting
Volunteer for 2-4 Hours

Thank-a-Thon's are when our volunteers 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.

Skills Required:
Ability to speak on phone in a friendly manner. You should be comfortable phoning and thanking our donors.

Gift-in-Kind Sorting

Monday to Friday
Between 9:00am and 3:00pm in our donations processing area
Volunteer for 2-4 Hours

CHV receives donations of food, clothing and small house hold items. These donated items need to be sorted, washed and organized before they are used by our young people. Wear comfy clothes and help us organize our donations.

Skills Required:
Be prepared to help with light lifting, sorting and helping with laundry. This is great if you like to keep moving and not be seated at a desk.

For more information please contact:

Amanda Emes
Volunteer Coordinator

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Only 7 days left to have your donation matched!

Make a donation to Covenant House Vancouver before June 30th and your donation will be matched dollar for dollar by The Robert L. Conconi Foundation!

With this matching gift challenge, you can help save twice as many of Vancouver’s homeless youth from the streets. Please seize this special opportunity.

As a self-made businessman, Bob attributes much of his success to his stable upbringing. He understands how vital we are to struggling kids who don’t have the kind of love, respect, and support that makes all the difference in the world.

Please donate today to help us meet our $150,000 goal by June 30th.

On behalf of the Conconi family and our young people– Thank you!

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Raymond James Employees Give Back in a Big Way

Thank you to Raymond James (Vancouver) employees during Raymond James Cares Month for their incredible contributions to Covenant House Vancouver!  During the month of May, Raymond James employees contributed 2 volunteer days sorting clothes donations and coordinated a food drive, donating over 100 items for homeless youth.  Earlier in the year, Raymond James Canada Foundation and the Cash Management Group led by Andrew Johns at Raymond James also contributed financially, truly demonstrating that Raymond James cares about youth in our communities!

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