It has been a year of excitement and energy at Covenant House Vancouver. Last fall we celebrated our 20th Anniversary of providing love and hope to young people — over 20,000 youth have passed through our doors since that day we opened in September 1997.
We’ve heard from our donors that they wish to hear about the issues that have impacted our service delivery — below are a few that we’ve faced during the past year:
The inability for our staff to find affordable housing in Metro Vancouver is taking a toll: Approximately 30% of employee turnover last year...
The Opioid Crisis is claiming the lives of our youth, their friends and family: Last year, approximately 24 young people associated with us have died tragically due to drug overdoses.
25-40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ2S+ and family rejection is the most common cause of LGBTQ2S+ youth homelessness. LGBTQ2S+ youth are much more likely to struggle with mental health...
923 youth were helped by Community Support Services (Street Outreach and Drop In Centre)
Covenant House opened in 1997 in response to an overwhelming need for residential and support services for homeless and at-risk youth. We are primarily privately funded (95%), supported by 180 employees, over 140 volunteers and over 50,000 donors.
We offer a full range of services through a carefully designed continuum of care or “one-stop-shop”. Our three core programs include:
The Outreach Team seeks out young people living on the streets, in SROs, or those at-risk of becoming homeless.
The Outreach Team is the “face” of Covenant House, building trust with the youth, and encouraging them to access our programs where they can get something to eat, clothing, a friendly conversation or an outside referral. Housing workers and mental health clinicians are also available.
Learn how Street Outreach and Drop-in services with Covenant House Vancouver positively helped Alex.
Our 59-bed Crisis Program offers safe housing, food, clothing and counselling to young people aged 16 – 24. We take care of their immediate needs first, which are usually medical attention, food and rest.
We encourage youth to create their own plan for independence and we support them every step of the way.
Learn how Crisis Program services with Covenant House Vancouver positively helped Julie.
ROP is a transitional living program for young people who need housing, structure and support as they strive toward independence. Basic life skills most of us take for granted: budgeting, cooking, cleaning and goal setting are taught.
We also provide emotional support and counselling. We are proud to report that 100% of youth in ROP transition off the street.
All our services are offered with genuine compassion and acceptance, with the knowledge that trust is the foundation for a successful transition away from street life.
Learn how Rights of Passage (ROP) services with Covenant House Vancouver positively helped Sam.
474 young people stayed in our Crisis Program this past year