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Embracing Mistakes: A Message of Hope

At Covenant House Vancouver, our mission is to provide unconditional love and absolute respect to the vulnerable youth in our community. Every day, our dedicated staff work tirelessly to support, guide, and uplift these young individuals, to help them navigate the often challenging path to adulthood. Recently, we asked our staff members what message they would like to share with the youth in our programs. One response stood out for its simplicity and profound truth:

“You can make mistakes and that’s perfectly fine, because that is what we do when we grow up.”
Jon (he/him)
Manager, Complex Support Services

This message encapsulates an essential aspect of our philosophy at Covenant House Vancouver: to understand and accept that making mistakes is an integral part of growing up.

The Power of Making Mistakes in a Safe Space
Growing up is a journey filled with learning experiences. Mistakes are inevitable, but they are also invaluable. They teach us resilience, critical thinking, and problem solving. Mistakes challenge us to adapt and grow, and help us become stronger and wiser individuals. At Covenant House Vancouver, we recognize that the fear of making mistakes can be paralyzing for many young people, especially those who have faced significant adversity.

One of our primary goals is to create a safe and nurturing environment where youth can feel comfortable to take risks and make mistakes without fear of judgment or rejection. This supportive atmosphere encourages them to explore their potential and discover their strengths. Our staff members are here to provide guidance, support, and encouragement, every step of the way.

A Community of Care
Our staff members are more than just caregivers; they are mentors, role models, and sources of inspiration. They embody the values of empathy, compassion, and understanding that create a community where youth feel valued and respected. This supportive network is crucial in helping young people realize that they are not alone in their journeys and that there is always someone who believes in their potential.

To all the youth at Covenant House Vancouver, and for the ones who may walk through our doors, remember this: making mistakes is a natural part of growing up. Each mistake you make is an opportunity to learn, to grow, and to become a better version of yourself. You are surrounded by a community that believes in you and is here to support you, every step of the way. Embrace your journeys, with all its ups and downs, and know that you have the strength and resilience to overcome any challenges.

At Covenant House Vancouver, we believe in the power of unconditional love and support. To learn more about our program, visit us here and to get involved, please visit us here. Your support can make a significant difference in the lives of the youth we serve.