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Help youth “Beat the Heat” this Summer

When we think of homeless people and weather we generally worry about it being too cold not too hot but summer weather can have a negative impact on the homeless as well. People who are homeless often lack places to get fresh water and areas to stay cool. At Covenant House Vancouver we prepare for the heat and make sure our youth have proper supplies and safe spaces.

Army & Navy have teamed up with us again and you can purchase completed “Beat the Heat” care packs or make a donation and 100% of your donation will be used by Covenant House to purchase essential items.  Your donation dollars go even further as Army & Navy gives us a great discount on items with the funds donated through their website. Click here to learn more or make a donation.  Army & Navy will take care of delivering it all to the Covenant House Vancouver!  

To learn more about “Beat the Heat” and other ways to get involved click here.  When we work together as a community we can all have a happy, fun and safe summer!

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Thank You, Ledcor Group - 65,482 times!

Thank you to our friends at the Ledcor Group of Companies for helping our youth achieve stable independence! Last year, Ledcor and its employees donated $65,482 to provide 10 full days of care to all 25 youth in the Rights of Passage transitional housing program.

As the final step in our Continuum of Care, Rights of Passage does more than give youth hope – it teaches youth the practical life skills they need to take care of themselves and their own home.

In true Ledcor Cares spirit, the company has donated over $323,000 to help the youth at Covenant House Vancouver over the past 10 years. We are eternally grateful for your ongoing dedication to helping homeless youth transform their lives. Thank you to everyone at Ledcor! 

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Whitecaps FC raise over $84,000 for #BuckUp for Mental Health!

Whitecaps FC announced last week that the club raised over $84,000 in the fourth annual #BuckUp for Mental Health campaign supporting Covenant House Vancouver. The campaign was the club’s most successful to date, surpassing 2016’s fundraising total by over $50,000.

Whitecaps FC co-owner Jeff Mallett committed to donating an additional $25,000 if the club reached the $50,000 fundraising goal. With the help of fans, Whitecaps FC raised $59,000 over 25 days, surpassing the goal and making the total donation to Covenant House Vancouver over $84,000.

On behalf of everyone at Covenant House Vancouver, we want to give a huge thank you to Whitecaps FC, their fans, our supporters, and everyone involved. Special thanks to Whitecaps FC co-owner Jeff Mallett for donating an additional $25,000.

These funds will directly support our Mental Health Services program providing youth with individual attention and care from our mental health clinicians and psychiatrists. This includes counselling sessions, group work, medications, life skills support, job readiness and recreational programming. Your support is helping our youth to recover from the trauma of their past and find wellness for their future.

Thank you Whitecaps FC for your incredible support of our young people and for reducing the stigma around Mental Health!

Whitecaps FC raise over $84,000 for #BuckUp for Mental Health!

John transforms from an anxious young man to a leader

John ran away from home when he was 14. We don’t much about what his life was like at home but our staff suspect there was sexual abuse and neglect. He was home schooled and lived his life in isolation.  Lacking even the most basic socialization skills, when John first came to us, he would tremble with anxiety when forced together with others in an elevator or around the dining table. John has had many hurdles to climb and his journey has been inspiring to watch unfold.

John stayed in our Crisis Program for 6 months and while there began working on completing his high school education. A natural computer whiz, John secured a job with a large computer company from the States. With no drug or alcohol abuse issues, we were able to help John focus on his two biggest areas of opportunity:
1) Addressing his chronic depression and anxiety
2) Learning how to interact socially with others

Eventually John moved to Rights of Passage (ROP), our transitional living program, where we continued to work with him on his depression and social skills. He earned a unique opportunity to travel with a humanitarian group where he would be camping and living with other youth for a few days.  Never having camped before, John researched by watching old television shows and noticed that the common denominator in camping is someone playing guitar by the fire. We got one of our volunteers to give him some lessons on a donated guitar and he practiced hard. Even though his guitar was lost by the airline on the way, the humanitarian organization had an extra and he led the nightly campfire sing-a-longs.

John has come a long way in the time that he has been at Covenant House Vancouver. Gone is the John who could barely look up when speaking and arriving is a more confident, gainfully employed young man with a bright future in computer engineering. 

Congratulations to him for all his hard work!  

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You can help youth just like John have a bright future, donate today and your donation will be matched dollar for dollar. 

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