Our Stories

Inspiring stories about hope and love for youth experiencing homelessness, as well as up-to-date news about Covenant House Vancouver

Youth privacy versus good communications

We have had a debate at Covenant House for many years around using photographs of our youth or "clients" in our promotional materials like the annual report and other donor communications. We have used real youth and we have used ... Read more

Kristy HayterApril 23, 2010

A cold and rainy morning

It was cold and rainy morning on the downtown streets of Vancouver. My partner and I were doing our routine morning outreach down Granville. On this particular damp morning, we came upon a young woman asking for change. As I ... Read more

Kristy HayterApril 21, 2010

The trafficking of Two Little Girls

Thanks to our friends at Covenant House International, we came across this powerful little cartoon entitled "Two Little Girls" that brilliantly illustrates the brutality of human trafficking.  We have talked about human trafficking in the past as and our own Pastoral Counsellor ... Read more

Kristy HayterApril 14, 2010

Homeless people, homeless pets

We often get asked about our pet policy as many homeless youth have pets, everything from rats and cats to dogs, and it is not surprising. Being homeless is often a lonely life and all people need companionship and something ... Read more

Kristy HayterApril 13, 2010

Dog tired

I couldn't resist posting this picture of Walter having a rest after a full morning of counselling. Walter, therapy dog-in-training, sits in on counselling sessions with Jesse, one of our mental health clinicians, and provides comfort and appropriate distraction for our ... Read more

Kristy HayterApril 09, 2010

With just the clothes on his back

Chris was orphaned at a young age. He and his siblings went to live with various family members throughout their teen years, as well as with foster families. However, by-and-large, these situations were fairly tenuous and never long-term. Chris moved ... Read more

Kristy HayterApril 08, 2010

Could it happen to you?

Imagine a young woman, working hard but still living pay cheque to pay cheque and then a recession, and you're laid off and your car is stolen. This is exactly what happened to Shay Kelley. Although this story takes place ... Read more

Kristy HayterApril 06, 2010

Moving Out

Tracey, one of our mental health clinicians, shared a wonderful story about a young man who was moving into a supported living unit; she met with him to determine his list of “household items to acquire”.   Many of the items ... Read more

Kristy HayterMarch 31, 2010

To matter

Stewart lived with his Mother until he was six, at which time he moved to a reserve to be with his stepfather. Unfortunately, Stewart's stepfather was an alcoholic who became extremely abusive when he had been drinking. Despite the fact ... Read more

Kristy HayterMarch 30, 2010

Vancouver’s Working Poor – The New Homeless

Homelessness and poverty is a major concern in Vancouver and its surrounding communities. Individuals, couples and families often to struggle to get by even with decent jobs. The ever increasing cost of living and the high rent in Vancouver makes ... Read more

Kristy HayterMarch 16, 2010