From all of us at Covenant House Vancouver we wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!
Thank you for all your support and friendship over this holiday season; it’s because of friends like you that we are here each and every day helping our young people. Thank you for being part of our Covenant House family!
Our office will be closed December 25th through 28th but if you still wish to make a donation you can do so online here. We will be open and taking calls on December 29th.
If you are looking for information about when & how you can donate clothing, food or other items click here.
It is a couple of days before Christmas and everywhere I look I see the joys of the season. I have become filled with Christmas spirit as we have true examples of the meaning of Christmas happening here in the crisis program. At a back table, Youth Worker Freeman is teaching Frank how to do shading on his drawings, a gift of art that Freeman has and openly shares with the youth. Another Youth Worker, Huamei, has her lap top open and an audience before her as she shares one of her favourite videos from “TED Talks”. A lively and humorous discussion ensues about the topic.
Yesterday the tension was high as it dawned on the youth that this would be a Christmas they would be spending in a crisis program. Something has shifted today and the youth are happily chatting with one another and at ease. Everyone is calm, harmonious….peaceful.
Thanks to a wonderful group of dedicated volunteers, caring donors and hardworking staff the Christmas Backpacks are ready to go for Youth Christmas Party which is happening today. A big thank you to everyone who makes this special day possible, we could not do it without everyone’s support.
Check out pictures from our backpack packing day and shots of our Drop-In space ready to host our young people and bring them some Christmas joy. Our Christmas party includes a big Christmas feast with lots of goodies & treats and of course a Christmas Backpack for every single youth.
Merry Christmas to all our young people!
*Please note there are no pictures of our youth to respect their confidentiality, we take the pictures before the party started so our youth can just relax & enjoy *
Covenant House Vancouver has been fortunate to receive $50,000 from RBC for our mental health services. Some homeless youth struggle with mental illness which makes it difficult for them to leave the streets behind them. In order to ensure that these youth receive the help that they need, we provide them with in-house counseling and care from our mental health clinicians and partner psychiatrists. Holding these sessions in our facility has resulted in a tremendous improvement of the mental health of our youth.
Since 2009, RBC has supported this vital initiative, allowing us to help our youth stabilize and improve their mental health so they can begin the process of leaving the streets for good. Through RBC Children's Mental Health Project, they have provided more than $20 million to organizations dedicated to providing early intervention, increasing public awareness and reducing the stigma of mental illness.