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Sleep Out: Young Professionals raising critical funds for homeless youth

Our first Sleep Out: Young Professionals edition will be held on February 16th! We are challenging young professionals and emerging leaders to spend one night sleeping on the street to raise funds to support our mental health and addictions programs. Many of our youth struggle with mental illness, often as a result of trauma they have experienced, and many are also battling to overcome addictions.

Sleeping on the street for one night shows youth that they deserve unconditional love and absolute respect, and shows that we care about them enough to be uncomfortable for one night

Click here to support a sleeper or donate directly to the event.

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Mary disappeared and we didn’t know where she had gone...

Mary came to Covenant House in need of support as she was fleeing the street life, was alone and didn’t know where to turn. When looking at Mary, you could see the pain behind her blue eyes. On the outside, she tried to put a smile on her face to convince us she was okay, but on the inside we knew she was struggling.  Mary stayed in our Crisis Program five times over a year and every time she arrived she looked more and more lost in her addiction. We supported her in very unconventional ways in the Crisis Program to get her to detox or treatment and often worried whether she would make it to her next birthday. When Mary stayed with us she was always full of optimism and seemed to want to get her life back on track but for each step she took forward, she seemed to take 10 steps back. For Mary, this is how she had lived her life for many years and at the young age of only 21 she had experienced more pain than most people could ever imagine.

The last time that we saw Mary she was scheduled to go to treatment however, the night before she was meant to leave she didn’t come back to the Crisis Program. She disappeared and we didn’t know where she had gone. We hoped she was doing well and had followed her dreams but we just didn’t know.

Recently while I was crossing the street right in front of the shelter I looked up and made eye contact with a girl who was also crossing the street. As our eyes met, I immediately knew it was Mary. She recognized me right away said hello and waked with me to the side of the street. She looked beautifully healthy, vibrant and happy. When I asked her how she was feeling she beamed with pride while she shared with me that she had been clean for almost 4 months, was living on her own, taking care of herself and was feeling great. She went on to thank Covenant House Vancouver for helping her when she needed it the most and let me know that if it wasn’t for us she wasn’t sure that she would have made it. She was so appreciative of everything we did to support her and kept thanking me during our conversation. I let her know that we were glad to be part of her journey and thanked her for the update and let her know that we were just thinking about her. She acted surprised that we were thinking of her and wanted me thank the other youth workers on her behalf. As we said our goodbyes I reminded her to stop by anytime to say hello.

Sometimes we never know how we have helped someone but today was an example of how opening our hearts and shelter to this young woman meant more to her than we ever knew. 

Don't underestimate the power of kindness.

Art fundraiser in support of Covenant House

The art fundraiser will be held at the South Main Gallery, 279 East 6th Ave., on February 2nd and 3rd  from 6:30 p.m.to 9:30 p.m. and  February 4th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The suggested donation to attend the event is $30.00.

Cori Creed, David Robinson, Niina Chebry, Tiko Kerr, David Tycho and Cathryn Jenkins are some of the artists who have contributed their work.

You can learn more in the Vancouver Sun article about the event.

 Art fundrasier in support of Covenant House

It's Bell Let's Talk Day - Join the Conversation!

Help end the stigma around mental illness. It’s easier than you think!

Every time you talk, text and join in on social media today, Bell will donate 5¢ more to mental health initiatives. It’s a fact, one in five Canadians will suffer from mental illness at some point in their lifetime. One of the biggest hurdles for anyone suffering from mental illness is overcoming the stigma. It is the number one reason why two-thirds of those living with a mental illness do not seek help. Know the facts, be kind, be a good listener and friend. Be part of the conversation to eliminate stigma once and for all.

Mental health continues to be a major issue with homeless youth in Vancouver, Covenant House Vancouver is dedicated to helping youth get access to care and helping to end the stigma that surrounds mental illness. We are excited to once again participate in Bell Let’s Talk day and be part of the conversation.

Learn how you can add your voice to Bell’s Let’s Talk Campaign and make a difference for those suffering from a mental illness here.

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