With just the clothes on his back

Chris was orphaned at a young age. He and his siblings went to live with various family members throughout their teen years, as well as with foster families. However, by-and-large, these situations were fairly tenuous and never long-term.

Chris moved alone to Vancouver from the interior of BC when he was 20, hoping to form some roots, and to find some stability in order to make his dreams achievable. His dream was to enter into the world of IT. Upon arriving in Vancouver, he moved in with some friends that he had met in his travels. Soon after moving in with these friends, he returned home from work one night to find that they had left, and had taken everything. He was left alone, with no supports and no belongings, in a new (big) city.

Chris came to Covenant House Vancouver initially in the hopes of finding a warm place to sleep and some food and clothing. He quickly realized that he could also find the stability and security he was seeking to make his dreams a reality. Soon after moving into the shelter, he aquired full-time employment in the construction industry.

Staff at the shelter recognized that Chris applied himself and strove hard to reach the goals that he set for himself. As such, he was referred to and was accepted into our Rights of Passage Program, ROP.  Chris stayed in the Rights of Passage Program for almost a year and a half, and graduated from the program recently.

During his stay at ROP, Chris upheld his employment, and was still employed with the same company upon leaving. Not only did he work full-time, but he took overtime hours whenever he could, allowing him to save for future schooling.

Chris was orphaned at a young age. He and his siblings went to live with various family members throughout their teen years, as well as with foster families. However, by-and-large, these situations were fairly tenuous and never long-term.

Chris moved alone to Vancouver from the interior of BC when he was 20, hoping to form some roots, and to find some stability in order to make his dreams achievable. His dream was to enter into the world of IT. Upon arriving in Vancouver, he moved in with some friends that he had met in his travels. Soon after moving in with these friends, he returned home from work one night to find that they had left, and had taken everything. He was left alone, with no supports and no belongings, in a new (big) city.

Chris came to Covenant House Vancouver initially in the hopes of finding a warm place to sleep and some food and clothing. He quickly realized that he could also find the stability and security he was seeking to make his dreams a reality. Soon after moving into the shelter, he aquired full-time employment in the construction industry.

Staff at the shelter recognized that Chris applied himself and strove hard to reach the goals that he set for himself. As such, he was referred to and was accepted into our Rights of Passage Program, ROP.  Chris stayed in the Rights of Passage Program for almost a year and a half, and graduated from the program recently.

During his stay at ROP, Chris upheld his employment, and was still employed with the same company upon leaving. Not only did he work full-time, but he took overtime hours whenever he could, allowing him to save for future schooling.

He got accepted into BCIT and will be doing the IT course that he has always dreamed of. He completed the pre-requisite courses necessary for this IT program, studying in his lunch breaks, on his way to work, and at any other time that he could. Chris had a safe and stable environment, which gave him time to ground himself in a new city, and recognize that his dreams could become a reality. And he found his voice – he gained a self-confidence from the successes he experienced and a trust in relationships that he built, allowing a personal growth that will benefit him into the future.

Suite at our Rights of Passage