We are a sanctuary…

We are a sanctuary…

One day I was sitting in the living room with several girls in the Drake Crisis Program. They were having fun chatting and doing each other’s makeup and one girl offered to do makeup for a youth, Eve, who was beginning the process of transitioning from male to ... Read more

Kristy HayterAugust 01, 2019

It started with food…

A few months ago, a new youth came to our male Crisis Program after being referred to us by a community member. He arrived in the middle of the night and was exhausted and very hungry. We got him a meal ... Read more

Kristy HayterJuly 16, 2019

“I feel like I’m awake for the first time”

When Annika first came to the Crisis Program she was struggling with addiction, fleeing domestic violence and had lost custody of her daughter. Annika did not trust anyone and often found herself in confrontations with staff members and other youth. Over time I was able to build and maintain a trusting relationship ... Read more

Kristy HayterJuly 11, 2019

Samantha finds safety at Covenant House

Samantha arrived at Covenant House Vancouver’s Crisis Program a few months ago. She was previously living with her mother on the streets of Vancouver after being evicted from their SRO (Single Room Occupancy Unit). Samantha had taken on the caregiving role as her mother struggles with substance misuse and ... Read more

Kristy HayterJuly 04, 2019

BBQ Fun at our Crisis Program

Our Men’s Crisis Program held a Rooftop BBQ at our Pender Building with our young people to celebrate the soccer Champions League. The weather was perfect and the food delicious!

Kristy HayterJune 20, 2019

The joy of watching new friendships grow…

One of the best parts about my daily life as a youth worker at our female-identified Crisis Program is watching friendships develop and grow. When young women come to seek sanctuary at Covenant House Vancouver, they often appear timid and anxious as they navigate this ... Read more

Kristy HayterJune 18, 2019