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A Message from Covenant House Vancouver

Krista Thompson


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.

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Feeling the Impact

We’ve heard from our donors that they wish to hear about the issues that impact our service delivery — below are a few that we’ve faced during the past year:


923 youth were helped by Community Support Services (Street Outreach and Drop In Centre)

Continuum of Care

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:

Street Outreach and Drop-in

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.

Meet Alex

Learn how Street Outreach and Drop-in services with Covenant House Vancouver positively helped Alex.

Read Alex's Story

Crisis Program

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.

Meet Julie

Learn how Crisis Program services with Covenant House Vancouver positively impacted Julie.

Read Julie's Story

Rights of Passage (ROP)

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.

Meet Sam

Learn how Rights of Passage (ROP) services with Covenant House Vancouver positively helped Sam.

Read Sam's Story

474 young people stayed in our Crisis Program this past year

Highlights of 2018

  • Supporting LGBTQ2S+ Youth
  • Recognition for CHV Donors
  • Sleep Out Success
  • Opportunities for fun
  • Orange Door Project
  • Moving into our new home
  • An 11-year-old Donor
  • A Trauma-Informed CHV
  • December 12, 2019 - Supporting LGBTQ2S+ Youth

    December 12, 2019

    We participated in the Pride Sunset Beach Festival to Support LGBTQ2S+ Youth. 25-40% of CHV’s homeless youth are LGBTQ2S+ and family rejection is the leading cause of their homelessness. LGBTQ2S+ Drop-in nights were held monthly to provide youth with companionship and activities to encourage creativity.


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  • December 13, 2019 - Recognition for CHV Donors

    December 13, 2019

    We were so excited to hear that long-time supporters of Covenant House Vancouver, Fusion Projects, won this year’s Giving Hearts Award for Outstanding Small Business.


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  • December 14, 2019 - Sleep Out Success

    December 14, 2019

    We hosted four Sleep Out Vancouver events this year and raised more than $1,900,000! This includes our first-ever Sleep Out: Entrepreneur Edition, that had 29 participants.


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  • December 15, 2019 - Opportunities for fun

    December 15, 2019

    We ensured our residents got plenty of opportunities for fun, some of which, this year, included a sushi-making workshop, snowshoeing, and art workshops.


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  • December 16, 2019 - Orange Door Project

    December 16, 2019

    The Home Depot Canada Foundation supported us with their Orange Door Project Campaigns which raises money for youth experiencing homelessness.


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  • December 17, 2019 - Moving into our new home

    December 17, 2019

    We welcomed youth into our new building at 1302 Seymour Street with some house-warming activities. We continue to settle into our new home, doing all we can to continue providing spaces of unconditional love and absolute respect for the young people.


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  • December 18, 2019 - An 11-year-old Donor

    December 18, 2019

    11-year-old Olivia sewed adorable handmade creatures and donated 25% of her craft-sale earnings to Covenant House Vancouver. Her dad matched the donation, and together they donated $300 worth of gift cards.


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  • December 19, 2019 - A Trauma-Informed CHV

    December 19, 2019

    Staff received trauma-informed practice training to help them understand how trauma changes the brain, and how it can affect behaviour and relationships.


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Learn about the impact of your generosity. Complete audited financial statements are available on request by calling 604-638-4438 or on-line at www.covenanthousebc.org.

2018 Financials Audited Financial Statements

Senior Staff

  • Krista Thompson
    Executive Director
  • John Harvey
    Associate Executive Director, Program Services
  • Herb Eibensteiner
    Associate Executive Director, Finance & Operations
  • Darlene Lynch
    Director, Development & Communications

  • Brenda Kumar
    Director, People & Culture
  • Michelle Clausius
    Associate Director, Development & Communications
  • The Reverend Mark Munn
    Ombudsperson and Spiritual Care
  • Senior Staff may be reached at: 604-685-5437

Board of Directors

  • Sean Muggah Chair
    Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Allan P. Seckel QC, Vice Chair
    CEO, Doctors of BC
  • Geoff Chutter Treasurer
    President & CEO, WhiteWater West Industries Ltd.
  • Sarah Clark P.Eng., Secretary
    COO, Fraser River Pile & Dredge (GP) Inc.
  • Shelley Brown FCPA, FCA,
    ICD.D Senior Partner (Retired), Deloitte
  • John DeLucchi FCPA, FCA
    Managing Partner, BC Region, PwC
  • Paul D. Halliday MBA, CPA
    (CMA) Management Consultant, Business Management, Environmental and Development Sectors

  • Mélanie Hennessey
    Vice President, Corporate Communications, NovaGold Resources Inc.
  • Cynthia Johansen MAL, M.Sc.
    Registrar & CEO, College of Registered Nurses of BC
  • Terry Krepiakevich CPA, CA, ICD.D
    Director, Kalyna Consulting Ltd.
  • Rachel Lewis MBA
    COO, Vancouver Whitecaps FC
  • Daryl J. Wiebe
    Superintendent (Retired), Vancouver Police Department
  • Joy McPhail
    Chair, The Insurance Corporation of BC