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A talented young lady helps other youth craft Christmas presents

It is almost Christmas time and our staff have organized many activities (both in and out of house) for youth to participate in. On this particular evening staff had planned an arts and crafts evening, and youth were encouraged to make presents to give to their friends and family for Christmas. Staff purchased all the supplies for making a scented bath soak, jewelry boxes and picture frames. After setting up all the supplies, staff went around the Crisis Program recruiting youth to participate.

Doing crafts is not for everyone and it was difficult to find willing participants. One female youth said she was interested in doing crafts and started sorting through the supplies. As it turns out, she was incredibly gifted at art and started making gorgeous and very detailed crafts. As she was working away other youth started to look at what she was making and asked her questions about her project. She encouraged the other youth to participate in the project and even helped them to get started on their gifts.

Before we knew it there were 6 or 7 youth gathered around a table, glue-guns and paint-brushes in hands. At the end of evening, all the youth involved had creative and unique presents to give to their loved ones over Christmas. This project gave the youth an opportunity to give presents during a time when many of them did not have the funds to do so otherwise.

 Image of girl crafting

You can still help us bring joy to our young people this Christmas

Each holiday season, we provide all of our young people with a Christmas backpack filled with new clothing, toiletries and small gifts. We hope that you will consider supporting our backpack program this Christmas and make the holidays special for our Covenant House youth.
 
Ways to donate to the Christmas Backpack Program:
 
1. Contribute to our costs
2. Purchase a completed backpack through Army & Navy
3. Include us in your holiday shopping and create a completed backpack for us
4. Donate a few new items from our  list

For further details click here and if you have questions please contact:
 
Amy Cotton
604-639-8937
acotton@covenanthousebc.org

Check out our list  of  items we need :

Christmas Backpack Needed items 

Christmas time at Covenant House Vancouver

The Covenant House elves have been hard at working decorating for Christmas.  Over the years many companies and individuals having donated Christmas decorations which allows us to bring the Christmas spirit to our youth at no cost to us. 

Check out the festive pictures from all over  Covenant House. 

Crisis Program Christmas Tree 
Drake Crisis Program

Pender Crisis Program Christmas 
Pender Crisis Program  

Drop-In Centre Christmas Tree 
Drop-In Centre Christmas Tree

Development and Communications Christmas Tree 
 Development and Communications Christmas Tree

Give a Day, Build a Life – You Can Give the Gift of Brighter Futures to Homeless Youth

The Give a Day, Build a Life Campaign directly supports Rights of Passage, our long term transitional housing program.  While living in a supportive, family like atmosphere (sometimes for the first time in their lives), our young men and women are committed to changing their lives by furthering their education or gaining employment experience- often both! 

Rights of Passage saved my life.  Sometimes all youth need is a good role model and some solid love and guidance.  I still have many of the friendships I made there with both youth and staff.’  -  ROP  Resident 

Created on the philosophy that all young people have the right to be mentored into adulthood by caring adults, Rights of Passage gives youth the time and guidance to build self-reliance and break the cycle of homelessness, poverty, and despair.  They also learn and practice essential life skills like cooking, cleaning, budgeting, and developing healthy relationships. 

A gift of $6,500 provides 24 hours of life changing opportunities for all 25 young people in our Rights of Passage program, giving each of these young people the chance to learn, grow, and become the adults they were meant to be.

In the life of a young person, so much can change in 24 hours.  Can you Give a Day to help our youth build brighter futures and leave the streets behind forever?

If you would like to make a contribution to the Give a Day, Build a Life Campaign, please contact Tracy Brown at 604-639-8935 or tmbrown@covenanthousebc.org.  

Give a day, Build a life image

 

Youth made art cards for sale in support of Covenant House

On Friday December 11th at Templeton Park Pool from 11:00am to 1:00pm youth volunteers will be selling handmade art cards in support of Covenant House.

If you are looking for a very special card that helps others be sure to stop by!

 Handmade card sale poster

Handmade card sale poster

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