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Supporting a young man on his first birthday away from family

Birthdays are understandably a difficult time for many of our youth. Often our youth aren't able to celebrate their birthday's with families, which can trigger a range of emotions from loneliness to sadness to disappointment. One youth that's been with Covenant House for a while approached staff stating that he's been struggling emotionally as his birthday was only a week away.

The youth disclosed that this would be the first birthday he spent away from his family, and as such he was expressing regret with some of the decisions he made that caused him to leave home. Staff gathered together to provide emotional support for this youth to help get him through the time before his birthday. On the day of his birthday staff ordered a cake from the kitchen to be given to the youth as a surprise during dinner time.

This youth often spoke with staff about upcoming movie releases and shows he'd been watching. Knowing this, staff were able to give this youth a movie ticket to take his mind off his family on his birthday. This youth told us the next day that his birthday had turned out much better than he expected, and he expressed how grateful he was for the way staff treated him.

Happy Birthday Cake


Start making a difference in lives of our young people today with a personal fundraising page!

Covenant House supporters, friends and family can now create a  personal fundraising page   and host an event benefiting Covenant House!

Users who have an idea for a fundraising event (or who want to gather pledges when participating in a race or sporting event) can:

•             Create their own personal webpage
•             Email friends, family, coworkers
•             Set fundraising goals
•             See how much they've raised
•             Track who’s donated to them
•             Share their event via social media

This is a ‘one-stop-shop’ that makes it easy for individuals, groups, clubs and schools to support Covenant House and share their passion for helping homeless youth via their extended personal networks!

Click  here  for the link to Covenant House’s (Friends Asking Friends) community giving fundraising site. Be sure to  share this with your friends and family, and anyone else you think would be interested.

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Covenant House team up to #BuckUp for Mental Health presented by Desjardins Insurance

On Saturday, May 30, 2015 as Vancouver Whitecaps FC host Real Salt Lake at BC Place, funds will be collected for the #BuckUp for Mental Health campaign. All fans are encouraged to donate $1 to this campaign, with a goal of raising $21,000. All proceeds raised will be donated to Covenant House Vancouver. To learn more and support #BuckUp for Mental Health click here.
In 2014, Vancouver Whitecaps FC successfully raised over $22,000 for #BuckUp. In addition to raising money for mental health organizations, #BuckUp aims to encourage the conversation about mental health and end the stigma surrounding it.
Discounted tickets are available for the May 30th match, with $5 from each ticket purchase going to the #BuckUp campaign. Click here to buy tickets. If you need help click here  for instructions. 
Watch out for more fun and surprises to be announced on our blog, and the #BuckUp campaign page

If you have any questions or want to get involved contact:

Marty Staniforth

#BuckUp for Mental Health

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