David came to the Crisis Program from a different province. He faced many barriers in society and was new to Vancouver, battling addiction issues and suffered an undiagnosed developmental issue.
Our ROP youth were busy recently creating an incredible brunch spread. Our youth made lots of delicious food for brunch including waffles, french toast, and even homemade sauces!
It was a fun morning and everyone enjoyed the yummy brunch!
Recently our Outreach & Drop-In Centre collaborated with Homeless Count Vancouver to provide our young people with a day of fun and a respite from street life. There was pizza and prizes, crafts and drumming and even a manicures station!
Big thanks to the following for making this fun day possible for our young people:
Oliver originally came to Vancouver from a small town in Northern BC. When he first came to our Crisis Program, he was very guarded and challenged many of the structural expectations of our program, especially around our 80/20 savings policy. Under this policy, residents are asked to save 80% of any income they make so they will have money on them when they leave that could be potentially used on rent, for example.
Libby is preparing for her move to Rights of Passage after a 4-month long stay in our Crisis Program. When youth leave the Crisis Program for ROP, it is always something to celebrate. Libby’s move, however, feels particularly momentous. At the beginning of her stay, Libby struggled with most of the daily expectations of our program.
Working at Covenant House Vancouver I have had the opportunity to meet many amazing young people. All of these youth have unique situations and circumstances which have brought them to use our services. Since the Drake Crisis Program location became a female only program, I have seen an increase of young women accessing our services to flee abusive situations with a partner or within their own group of people they believed they could trust. Many of these young women have no place to go and no one to trust.
I had moved to working at the male Crisis Program when I first met Billy. He had been staying with us on and off for over a year and a lot of work had been done to try and support him with appropriate housing which had not worked out so far despite numerous attempts. Billy came from a background of growing up in Foster Care.
When Steve first arrived at Covenant House Vancouver, he was difficult to engage to say the least. My first interactions with Steve were met with swearing, yelling and threats. The Crisis Program staff were very patient and empathetic, understanding that Steve was new to the program, and probably wasn’t used to such a structured environment.
I work the night shift in the female Crisis Program and one night I received a phone call from a past resident called Cassie that really sticks in my mind. I remember when Cassie first came to Covenant House; she always seemed very withdrawn and seemed to find it difficult to approach staff. She really kept to herself as much as possible and didn't interact much with the other youth.
While hanging out and coloring in the common space at the female Crisis Program Sarah, Emma and myself were speaking about how their day had gone. Sarah stated ‘It’s funny how I always refer to here as home.’ While Emma replied ‘Yea this is the first place I have ever called home.’ Both youth have come from under-privileged and challenging backgrounds.