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A New Building for Covenant House

We are thrilled to report that today, the British Columbia Government announced its support for Vancouver’s vulnerable homeless youth with a donation of $5 million towards the purchasing and rebuilding of a new building for Covenant House.  This generous contribution coupled with the $10M we have already raised through private donations will allow us to break ground on the new building this fall.

The Honourable Michael de Jong, QC, Minister of Finance who attended the announcement today said  “Our government continues to invest in programs and projects that help prevent at-risk British Columbians from becoming homeless. We’re delighted to have been involved in Covenant House Vancouver’s capital expansion project, which will bring new housing and support for vulnerable homeless youth.

We are so grateful for this clear message of support from the BC government for Covenant House Vancouver and the young people who turn to us for help.  Providing much-needed additional services and space to Vancouver's homeless youth will enable them to transition on to lives full of health, happiness and independence. 

Sincere thanks to the Province of British Columbia for their support of homeless and at-risk youth! 

A New Building for Covenant House
Pictured: Front row: Honourable Stephanie Cadieux, Minister of Children and Family Development; Sam Sullivan, MLA for Vancouver-False Creek; Back row:  Honourable Andrew Wilkinson, Minister of Advanced Education;  Allan Seckel, Vice Chair, Board of Directors for Covenant House Vancouver; Krista Thompson, Executive Director, Covenant House Vancouver; Honourable Michael de Jong, QC, Minister of Finance,

Fun had by all at Homeless Count Party

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:

Alexandra from Drum Mama Studios
Homeless Count Vancouver
Home Depot  2388 Cambie St 
Little Ceasars
Luxe Beauty Lounge & Mobile Spa

Homeless Count Youth Party

Homeless Count Youth Party

Resourceful and independent Oliver strives to live on his own

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. Like many of the youth we work with, Oliver has a long childhood history of experiencing abuse and neglect in foster care, and has few coping strategies besides alcohol and drug use. Despite some of these barriers, Oliver is a highly resourceful, independent, and charismatic individual; he was very respectful not to present as under the influence of drugs or alcohol in our space, and over time he was more open to working with his youth workers in order to save money.

Throughout many of his stays, Oliver worked diligently on job searching so he could eventually have enough money to move out. Oliver had many employable skills and was often hired right away, but it was also challenging for him to stay in one job for long as he would sometimes get bored and would experience a relapse. Although Oliver and his youth workers had had many challenging conversations initially about his pattern of leaving his jobs and how this is affecting his progress on finding stability, over time Oliver became more receptive to having these conversations due to his positive relationships with his youth workers. On his last stay, he had over $1000 in savings and had found a job that he is passionate about. Last we heard of Oliver, he is still working in the same job and has his own place that he is renting in the city!

Keep up the great work Oliver! 

Quote on being resourceful

When Rooks Fly Homeward - A concert benefiting Covenant House

Choral music for the evening from Thomas Tallis to Eric Whitacre, by way of Purcell, Mozart and others in  benefit  of Covenant House Vancouver.

Details:
Sunday March 26, 2017
2:00pm - 3:30 pm
St. Paul's Anglican Church
29 Church St.
Nanaimo, BC

 To learn more or buy tickets click here.  

Vox Ensemble - When Rooks Fly Homeward

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