People often think about doing something for people who are homeless during the winter, however, summer presents another set of challenges as temperatures increase. The needs of Vancouver’s homeless youth population are just as great in the summer. Some of the health risks our youth face are dehydration, sun burn, heat stroke, general exhaustion, and athlete’s foot. By contributing to our Beat the Heat Campaign you can help make the summer a bit more enjoyable for our youth.
Our office will be closed on Monday May 22nd and we will return on Tuesday May 23rd. If you are looking for information on dropping off clothing or other donations click here.
If you are in a youth in need of help over the long weekend please call 1-877-685-7474 toll-free to speak with a youth worker.
Have a great long weekend!
Vancouver Whitecaps FC have launched their fourth annual fundraising campaign #BuckUp for Mental Health in support of us here at Covenant House Vancouver. The campaign runs from today and culminates at the ‘Caps match on Saturday, June 3 when Whitecaps FC take on Atlanta United FC at BC Place.
This year, the ‘Caps are aiming to raise $50,000 in support of Covenant House Vancouver and their mental health programs. There are more ways than ever to get involved in #BuckUp for Mental Health:
Covenant House is proud to welcome 50 brave women who, united in the spirit of motherhood, are committing to spend tonight on the street to support programs for homeless youth in Vancouver. It’s about showing a group of 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.
Our Housing Support Workers help youth find and hold on to safe and affordable housing but we need your help. As we all know there is a lack of affordable rentals in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Our Housing Team is finding it increasingly hard to help youth who are ready for independent living to make that next step simply due to lack of space.
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.