Last night, 150 individuals, families and business slept apart but “together” in solidarity with the hundreds of young people who call Vancouver’s streets home, to raise funds for our Street Outreach Program.
Sleep Out: Home Edition was a special opportunity to be a part of a positive movement that brought our community together to help vulnerable youth. The sleepers did not walk a mile in a homeless young person’s shoes, but they took a step towards a greater understanding.
An online panel consisting of Covenant House youth and staff shared their knowledge and experience about youth homelessness, mental health and addictions. Mark Munn, Manager, Ombudspersons & Spiritual Care shared how we are supporting youth during the COVID-19 pandemic, opioid crisis and housing crisis.
We had special guests Carl Valentine and Spike from the Vancouver Whitecaps FC joined us in the evening. And our morning featured a touching reflection and a short yoga session.
Friday, July 10th, will be a night for us all to remember. Thank you to our sleepers and their supporters for being part of it, and for your commitment to helping youth who are experiencing homelessness build a brighter future!