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2018

IMPACT REPORT

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A Message from Covenant House Vancouver

Krista Thompson

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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.

Read the full letter

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

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

  • Incredible Volunteers
  • Thank You, Sean
  • Breaking Ground
  • Roundtable on Homelessness
  • Thank you, Nicola Wealth
  • Sleep Out: Home Edition
  • Award-winning Teen
  • Leading the way
  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC 50/50
  • Green Building
  • Donor Spotlight: Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation
  • Case Study: Harm Reduction
  • The Power of Vulnerability
  • December 1, 2020 - Incredible Volunteers

    December 1, 2020

    Our incredible volunteers donated almost 6,000 hours of service this year.

  • December 2, 2020 - Thank You, Sean

    December 2, 2020

    After 13 years of service, we gave a heartfelt “thank you” to our now retired Board Chair, Sean Muggah and welcomed our new Board Chair, Allan Seckel.

  • December 3, 2020 - Breaking Ground

    December 3, 2020

    We broke ground on our second purposely-designed building at the intersection of Drake and Seymour Streets. This second new building will be another safe and welcoming place for youth.

  • December 4, 2020 - Roundtable on Homelessness

    December 4, 2020

    We hosted a roundtable on homelessness and housing initiatives with Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Adam Vaughan and Member of Parliament, Hedy Fry.

  • December 5, 2020 - Thank you, Nicola Wealth

    December 5, 2020

    Together with Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, we nominated Nicola Wealth for an Association of Fundraising Giving Hearts Award in recognition of their outstanding contributions to our community. Thank you, Nicola Wealth!

  • December 6, 2020 - Sleep Out: Home Edition

    December 6, 2020

    We held our first virtual Sleep Out: Home Edition to raise critical funds and awareness for homeless youth while still practicing safe physical distancing.

  • December 7, 2020 - Award-winning Teen

    December 7, 2020

    Andrew Teel, who created the fundraiser “Twoonies for Teens” in support of youth who are experiencing homelessness, was a Courage to Come Back Award recipient in the Youth Catagory. Congratulations Andrew!

  • December 8, 2020 - Leading the way

    December 8, 2020

    We participated in the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness and led a talk on Gender Specific Programming: Lessons Learned Pictured above: young man practicing self-care in our Crisis Program.

  • December 9, 2020 - Vancouver Whitecaps FC 50/50

    December 9, 2020

    We were honoured to be chosen as the recipient of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC 50/50 Program. Pictured here is winner Jayme M, one of our 50/50 Program winners!

  • December 10, 2020 - Green Building

    December 10, 2020

    We were honoured to win a 2020 Canadian Green Building Award in the category of “Institutional (Small)” for our new 1302 Seymour Street building.

  • January 6, 2022 - Donor Spotlight: Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation

    January 6, 2022

    Day-to-day operations of the Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation may no longer be run by its founder, humanitarian and business leader Mr. Mowafaghian, but its small board channels his spirit with every decision they make.

  • January 7, 2022 - Case Study: Harm Reduction at Covenant House Vancouver

    January 7, 2022

    Covenant House Vancouver initiated a two-year harm reduction pilot project within our Street Outreach and Drop-in Centre, to prepare for our new Sanctuary Program and to create an avenue to better support youth requiring exceptionally complex care.

  • January 8, 2022 - The Power of Vulnerability

    January 8, 2022

    One of the first things that you notice about Terrance is his hair, which is long and chocolate brown. It flows freely down his back and often in front of his face. It took a long while before I even had a chance to see his eyes. When Terrance reflected on his first few weeks in the Crisis Program, he said that was intentional. “They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul, so I look down,” he said to me once at lunch, while he fiddled with his fork.

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