As we emerge from the recent snowstorms, we are filled with gratitude for the unwavering support of our donors and the dedication of our staff. Covenant House Vancouver is more than a shelter; we are a lifeline of hope for youth experiencing homelessness. Your generosity and commitment have been instrumental in upholding our mission to provide relentless support, absolute respect, and unconditional love to all youth in need.
The recent snowstorms posed significant challenges; the conditions potentially life threatening for youth with no safe place to call home. In response, our Drop-In services were extended and when temperatures dropped, they included overnight hours, to provide a warm refuge with access to essential facilities. From places to rest to showers and nourishing meals, youth found comfort and safety. Thanks to your support, we were fully stocked with warm clothing and supplies, which ensured that no one faced the cold alone.
Our Outreach teams demonstrated unparalleled commitment, and reached out to as many youth as possible to bring them back to our Drop-In Centre. In the face of zero-degree, and lower, temperatures, the 10 Emergency Weather Beds we offered became crucial lifelines, that provided a sanctuary from the harsh conditions. Without our CSS staff, none of this would have been possible. Team leaders and youth workers, braved the cold weather, and made their own sacrifices, so that we could extend our hours and keep marginalized young people safe. The team’s commitment is a testament to their compassion for at-risk youth.
None of this would have been possible without the advocacy from the community, the generosity of our donors. and the tireless efforts of our staff. We know that you have many choices when it comes to giving back to charities, and we’re honoured that you choose to support the youth who turn to us for help. Your contributions, whether financial, in-kind, or through advocacy, enable whole-person care for young people. Covenant House is a sanctuary from the hardships of homelessness, 24/7.
Because of your support, we were able to keep 217 youth safe, warm, and fed last Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, during the snowstorm. And the weekend prior, when we were hit with our first blast of snow in 2024, our extended and overnight Drop-In hours kept 130 youth safe, warm, and fed. Together, we’ve weathered the storm, and provided safety, warmth, and nourishment to those who needed it most.
A special thanks to the anonymous family foundation that stepped up during the cold weather, and offered to match all donations, up to $30,000. Through their generosity and the kindness of our community, we not only met our fundraising goal, we exceeded it.
As we express our gratitude, we also look forward with hope. The recent challenges have highlighted the strength of our community and our collective commitment to serving those in need. Covenant House Vancouver remains steadfast in its mission, and we are deeply thankful to have you by our side.
Thank you for being a source of warmth and hope, and a pillar of support.