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Community Support Services

Providing an array of "as-needed" services to street youth aged 16 to 24 including street outreach and drop-in.

Outreach

Covenant House’s Street Outreach team helps kids aged 16 to 24 who are living, or at risk of living, on Vancouver’s streets.

Finding kids in crisis, the team builds trusting relationships with street youth by meeting them where they are and by being a consistent, supportive presence in their lives. Travelling on foot, we offer food, counselling, minor medical attention and friendship, and we invite them to come to our Drop-In program for a hot meal or help to get back on their feet. Street life is brutally dangerous for vulnerable youth, and when we find kids in crisis, our team is trained to connect them with psychiatrists, medical professionals and social workers, or to bring them to our Crisis Program for safety and support.

Many young people age out of the foster care system at 19 with nowhere to go. Many also run away from home thinking, “it can’t get any worse.” All too soon they learn it can. The Outreach Team makes sure kids know they aren’t alone and that there are trustworthy people who want to help.

 

Drop-In Centre

At Covenant House’s Drop-In Centre, Youth Workers provide an array of “as-needed” services to street youth aged 16 to 24. Click here for the Drop-In schedule.

At our Drop-In Centre, youth receive:

  • Connections to Youth Workers for support, counselling and personal planning
  • Access to an in-house addictions counsellor and programs focused on support and recovery
  • Appointments with mental health clinicians and psychiatrists
  • Help from a Housing Support Worker and independent living start-up kits
  • Referrals to other social services
  • Help with finding employment and referrals to job centres and training programs
  • Financial assistance to get back home, if that’s an option
  • Recreational opportunities including yoga, soccer, hockey, basketball and baseball
  • Food, clothing and hygiene supplies
  • Use of our message board, long-distance phone plan and mailing address