You are invited to share a favourite recipe with Covenant House and our youth. Food and nutrition are vital to our young people as many of them have struggled with having enough to eat and often come to us malnourished. When they arrive at Covenant House they are provided with healthy and filling meals, lovingly prepared by our kitchen staff. As they grow and heal we introduce them to important life skills like cooking, budgeting and how to shop for groceries.
We need your help to make this project a success - please take a moment to share a cherished recipe and a message for our youth. We will compile the recipes and well wishes into a cookbook to share with our young peoples. When our young people move on to independent living they will receive a cookbook made of love to help them make their house a home.
So please share a recipe and some words of encouragement so when our youth head out on their own they will know there supported and loved by their Covenant House family.
From all of us at Covenant House Vancouver we wish you a fun and relaxing Labour Day long weekend!
If you are a youth in need of assistance over the long weekend call our youth workers toll free at 1-877-685-7474.
Enjoy your weekend and we will be back on Tuesday!
An opportunity for our ROP youth came up where they could attend a boxing and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) class. The owner of the boxing club had heard about our program and took a real interest in the youth and offered to help us out. Usually a monthly membership costs $150.00, but the owner said that the youth could pay $40.00. $20 would go towards his rent, $10 would be donated to Covenant House and the other $10 would go to the youth if they attended all the classes in the month.
Melissa, a female youth in ROP has a wonderful passion for boxing and has been doing it for many years. I told her about this opportunity and she was very excited to get it back into her routine and to attend weekly classes. She explained to me that boxing has gotten her through some of the most difficult times in her life and that it really helps her when something stressful happens. She asked if I would attend with her for the first week. I reluctantly said yes as I was slightly terrified and felt totally out of my comfort zone.
We attended the class and it was such a good experience for me to see Melissa doing something that she really enjoys. I actually really enjoyed the class myself and the youth even took a little bit of time to give me some tips. She has such passion and really applied herself to the lesson. Following the lesson she was so grateful for the opportunity. She has attended all of the classes so far and is due to get her $10 for attendance for the week.
We have some exciting news to share: we have received $20,000 from the TELUS Vancouver Community Board for our Rights of Passage program!
In this program, youth learn how to live independently in their own “apartments” located in our facility. Here they receive life skills training, help learning how to cook, clean and develop a budget, educational assistance, and everything else they need to leave the streets behind them. This gift will make a tremendous difference in the lives of the youth in ROP!
A big thank you to everyone at TELUS for believing in our youth, and for helping us to find an answer to homelessness, one young person at a time.