Our Purpose and Principles

These are the values and guiding principles that are incorporated into everything we do at Covenant House Vancouver.

Our Purpose:

Covenant House Vancouver’s purpose is to serve all youth, with absolute respect and unconditional love, to help youth experiencing homelessness, and to protect and safeguard all youth in need.

Our Principles:

Immediacy

Covenant House immediately meets the basic needs of youth experiencing homelessness through a nourishing meal, a shower, clean clothes, medical attention, and a safe place to sleep.

Sanctuary

Covenant House provides a safe haven from the hardships of homelessness. We recognize the fundamental worth of every human being, and create a safe setting where all youth – regardless of life experience or identity – are served without judgement.

Value Communication

Covenant House leads by example to demonstrate that caring relationships are based on love, trust, respect, and honesty.

Structure

Covenant House provides the stability and structure necessary to build a positive future.

Choice

Covenant House fosters confidence; encouraging young people to believe in themselves and make informed choices for their lives.

Trauma Informed Practice Position Statement

Covenant House Vancouver is committed to being a Trauma Informed Agency. As such, the staff and board of Covenant House Vancouver hold an awareness that the youth who come to us may have been impacted by a single incident, intergenerational or complex trauma, and/or complex stress. Furthermore, we believe that trauma can be both a cause and a product of homelessness.

The impacts of the trauma young people face, combined with their homelessness, may have had detrimental impacts on their abilities to attach, self-regulate, and develop competencies that would support them to live independently, build healthy relationships, and establish positive coping mechanisms.

Trauma Informed Practice is in keeping with Covenant House Vancouver’s principles of structure, sanctuary, value communication, choice, and immediacy. Within our existing framework of attachment-based interventions, Covenant House Vancouver believes that safe relationships are the vehicle by which youth can begin to address and heal from their trauma. You can read our full Trauma Informed Practice Position Statement here.