Dedicated professionals slept apart but together last night in solidarity with young people facing homelessness to raise critical funds for our Mental Health and Addition Programs. Donations were matched by Co-Pilot Properties Ltd. and we are grateful for their support.
Sleep Out: Professionals Edition was a little different this year because of the ongoing global pandemic and we moved to a virtual event for everyone’s safety. But our sleepers still came together while remaining separate because all youth deserve a safe place to sleep, especially during this time when housing is health care.
Youth shared their personal experiences with homelessness and how Covenant House Vancouver supported them on their journeys. And Social Worker Suvi shared how covid-19 is impacting young people.
Breakout sessions with frontline staff members followed and a number of topics were discussed from COVID-19, mental health, and the opioid crisis.
The morning reflection provided sleepers an opportunity to share about their experience. One sleeper shared, “I knew the cold would be hard but I didn’t realize how unsafe and on guard I would feel”.
A huge thank you to our sleepers and their supporters for your commitment to helping youth build a brighter future!