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Cheers to the employees at Cowell Auto Group

Wednesday October 5th was a great day for Covenant House Vancouver because we had the hard working and dedicated folks at Cowell Auto Group come in and volunteer with us. This team of employees spent 4 hours helping with sorting in our Gift-in-Kind department and helped us make some amazing thank-a-Thon calls to our donors.

Thanks again to your dedicated staff team Cowell!

Cheers to the employees at Cowell Auto Group

Thanking LensCrafters Oakridge Mall for giving our youth the gift of sight!

LensCrafters Oakridge Mall has been giving our youth the gift of sight since 2014. They just recently donated glasses to two young people in need and have provided ten youth in need with glasses in the last two years.

For over 25 years, LensCrafters associates and Independent doctors have worked with OneSight to provide quality vision care to more than 8.7 million people in 41 countries.

We are incredibly grateful to LensCrafters Oakridge Mall for their support of young people. Thank you! 

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Aaliyah = Resilience

When I first met Aaliyah it was her 5th stay with Covenant House Vancouver at our Crisis Program. She had been out of foster care for one year and was dealing with a serious addiction to alcohol and crystal meth. Of her five stays, none were over a week. She would often leave unexpectedly and we would not hear from her until she was ready to stay with us again. This recent stay she was determined to get into treatment and she stayed for over a month! Every day without fail she would meet with her supports, and continue to wait on what felt like the longest waitlist for treatment ever. Finally, we got word that she would be getting into treatment and started to count down the days. A bit closer to her treatment day the pressure got to Aaliyah. One day, she didn’t come back. Later we would find out that she went to use one last time before treatment and fell back into the slippery slope of addiction.

Eventually, Aaliyah did make it into treatment. However, one day I received a call asking for an intake. It was Aaliyah. When I met with her that day in our intake office, she told me she had left treatment and was not sure if it was the right decision. She broke down and said, “It was a stupid choice, I always make stupid decisions”. I told Aaliyah that she wasn’t stupid and that each stay is a new stay and that we were here to help her, no matter how many tries it would take. Aaliyah was stronger than she realized. She told me that upon leaving treatment, she walked right into a liquor store. She had a bottle in her hand when she decided it wasn’t worth it and came to us instead.

The next week was a real struggle for Aaliyah. One night in particular seemed especially hard. She came to staff and asked us to help her look for AA meetings she could attend. We found one together but it didn’t start for a few hours. Aaliyah was pacing the floor and I could tell she needed a distraction. I caught her attention and asked if she wanted to paint. Thinking she might need some company I sat down to paint with her. Aaliyah is more of the silent contemplative type. We sat in silence and painted for about 20 minutes. I could see in her body that she was calm. She looked over at my painting and saw that I had painted a word on my canvas. The word I chose was resilience. Aaliyah pointed at the word and said, “One day I will have that”.  I looked back at her and said, “You already do”. 

Youth artwork

Fun & easy ways to give back this Fall

1. Thank-a-Thons

Thank-a-Thons are fun-filled evenings where volunteers get together and 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.

This fall volunteers will meet at Covenant House two evenings a week from 5:00pm-7:30pm. You can sign up to volunteer for one Thank-a-Thon or as many as you like!

2. Christmas Helpers  

Help us spread Christmas cheer to our young people by helping us during the holiday season. We need volunteers to help us sort and organize donations, help with season backpack task and even gift wrap. If you love Christmas and want to help put a smile on a young person’s faces this is the volunteer position for you. (Space is limited to contact us soon)

3. Group Volunteer Support

The holiday season is the perfect time of year to get your office/team/school club to team up and volunteer together. October through January is one of our busiest times for our gift-in-kind department. We love having group assist us with the sorting of our in-kind donations such as food, clothing, and household items. If you’re looking for a season activity for your group to get involved in this one is for you!

If you would like to volunteer or learn more about these volunteer opportunities please call Amanda Merler at 604-639-8920 or email  

Come volunteer with us!

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