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One hug made all the difference for Andrew...

Andrew spent his early childhood in many different foster homes. When he was in kindergarten he watched a woman, Sandy, walk several of his classmates to school every day and hug each one goodbye. Sandy was a daycare provider and these were the children in her care. One day Andrew asked her, “Are you the Mom to all these kids?”

Sandy explained that she was not, and that their parents had gone to work so she was in charge of taking them to school.

“Why do you hug them, then?” he asked. “So that they know they are loved and cared for, and so I can wish them a good day because their Moms and Dads couldn’t be here,” she explained.

Then Andrew asked, “Could you hug me?”

And she did, from that day on. Soon, Sandy discovered that Andrew was in foster care. She told her husband and older son about him many times. “My older son said, ‘Mum, you talk about him every day. He’s in foster care. Why don’t we adopt him?’” Sandy said. Andrew felt the same way: when Sandy asked him what he wanted for Christmas, he said it was to be adopted.

Sandy and her husband started the paperwork that December, and by the end of the kindergarten year, Andrew was their son. To say that Andrew is grateful that he found Sandy would be an understatement.  His gratitude is matched by his adoptive parents, Sandy and Mark, who feel  lucky and privileged to be his parents.

Andrew is 14 years old now, and he wants homeless youth to have the same chance at a happy life that he got. This past Fall Andrew wrote to us and said he would be collecting twoonies as a fundraiser for Covenant House. He told us he hoped it would make an impact – at that time we had no idea just how big an impact Andrew would soon make.

Andrew’s story and his fundraising efforts were shared by the media. The response from the community in support of Andrew and Covenant House was incredible. Andrew set up a fundraising page “Twoonies for Teens” and soon he had raised $1000 and so he raised his goal. As word of his story spread, he had to raise his goal and again and again. To date, Andrew has raised over $42,000 for homeless youth!

Andrew is a remarkable young man and we are truly inspired by his commitment to giving back and to helping other young people who are less fortunate.  A huge thank you to Andrew and his entire family for all they have done for the youth at Covenant House! 

Please donate today to help homeless young people feel cared for. 

Andrew and his mom Sandy

 

One week until Sleep Out: Mothers Edition!

Never underestimate the power of a mother’s love. On May 4th we are challenging mothers to Sleep Out for one night, united in the spirit of motherhood, to show homeless youth that they are not alone. With only a sleeping bag and a piece of cardboard, participants will get a small glimpse of what it’s like to “sleep” on the street.

It’s not about pretending to be homeless. It’s about showing young people that they are worthy of unconditional love and absolute respect, and proving that we care enough about them to be uncomfortable for one night; to be vulnerable, so they can be safe.

“Sleepers” will also interact with some of our youth currently staying with us and those who have stayed with us in the past. They will hear their personal stories of how they found their way to our doors and how their lives have changed since. Youth will also have the opportunity to ask the participants why they support Covenant House and why they are Sleeping Out.

Every dollar raised through the Sleep Out: Mothers Edition will help our Outreach Team connect with youth who are living on the streets and in need of immediate care. Follow us on social media using the #CHSleepOut and be part of the discussion.

Click here to learn more and support our Vancouver participants.

One week until Sleep Out: Mothers Edition

Honouring our volunteers with poetry

You Never Know
By Helen L. Marshall

You never know when someone
May catch a dream from you
You never know when a little word
Or something you may do
May open up the windows
Of a mind that seals a light
The way you love, may not matter at all
But you never know it might.

 And just in case it could be
That another's life, through you
Might possibly change for the better
With a broader and brighter view
It seems it might be worth a try
At pointing the way to the right
Of course it many not matter at all,
But then again…it might

To Be a Volunteer

To be a volunteer, it takes...
Generosity, a willingness to give your time to others
Understanding, because their lives might be very different from your own
Empathy, an ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes and feel what they must feel
Compassion, to truly care about making someone else's life better
Patience, because the process doesn't always go as smoothly as it might
Dedication, to stick with the project and see it through

To all our volunteers who have shown these qualities and so much more, thank you for all that you do!

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A big thank you to all our community & corporate volunteer groups!

Big “thank you” to all our community & corporate volunteer  groups who have helped us over the past year. We appreciated all your time and effort in support of the youth we serve. Your dedication has made a big impact in the lives of our youth and for that we are extremely grateful. Volunteer groups help us get through mountains of GIK, clean up our space, thank thousands of supporters and help us give our young people a Christmas they deserve.

Speaking of Christmas we had another amazing backpack season! We had over 244 volunteers both groups and individuals support our Christmas Backpack Program. Volunteers helped us sort and organize thousands of items for over 275 backpacks. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make Christmas a little bit brighter for youth in need.

Because of you...

Someone will have enough to eat tonight.

Someone will have decent clothes to wear.

Someone will have shelter.

Someone will receive medical care.

Someone will learn the skills they need to survive and succeed.

Someone knows there's at least one person in this world who cares.

This world is a better place because you volunteered, and we thank you for it.

Together we can do so much quote

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