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It’s Make-a-Will Week in BC

April 9 to 15, 2017 has been proclaimed Make-a-Will Week in British Columbia with the purpose to encourage the public to make their will or bring an existing will up to date. In BC, every person 16 years or older can make a will. Many British Columbians don’t have a will – according to a 2014 report for BC Notaries, just 55 percent of us have a signed, legally valid and up-to-date will. Having a will is critical and is the best way to ensure that the people, charities and organizations you cherish most receive the benefit of your estate.  If you die without a will, your estate may not be distributed in the way you would have wished and the costs of administering your estate may also be higher.

Having a will helps ensure that important questions for parents – like who will raise your young children if both you and your spouse die – are answered. This was the case for Joan and Tom Webster, who are volunteers and legacy donors at Covenant House Vancouver.  Joan explained "My husband and I have had a will since our first daughter was born.   We wanted all of our affairs to be in order in the event of our demise.  We have kept it updated throughout the years as another daughter came along and as we built our estate.  So we feel organized and enjoy great peace of mind!"  

The Wills, Estates and Succession Act (WESA) came into force on March 31, 2014.  The act provides greater certainty for individuals who put their last wishes into writing and simplifies the process for those responsible for distributing an estate. For more information on the Wills, Estate and Succession Act, see the BC Ministry of Justice’s Legislation and Consultation pages.

For more information on leaving a gift in your will to Covenant House Vancouver, please contact Linda Foster at 604-639-8913 or lfoster@covenanthousebc.org

Make a Will Week in BC 2017

Current Top 3 Needed Items

Our top needed GIK (Gift-in-Kind) items:

  • Mens shoes
  • Mens jackets
  • Board games

To learn more about donating items to Covenant House Vancouver click  here    or if you have questions please call 604-639-8937. 

Top 3 needed items 

A big thank you TD Bank Group!

TD Bank Group recently donated a box suite to the Vancouver Canucks vs. Boston Bruins hockey game. 13 young people from our Crisis Program were treated to the exciting evening out that included delicious snacks, pop, and of course cheering for the home team!

Despite the disappointing Canucks loss, our youth had an absolutely incredible time and one wanted to thank TD directly: “Best hockey game of my life! Thank You!”

TD Bank Group also generously donated $13,000 this past winter to our Give a Day, Build a Life campaign. Their support will provide two full days of care to all 25 young people in the Rights of Passage program. TD is giving these youth the opportunity to live in supportive housing and learn vital life skills as they transition to independent living.

Thank you TD Bank Group! We are incredibly grateful for your continued dedication to improving the lives of homeless and at-risk youth!

Picture from Vancouver Canuck Game

Thanks to TD our youth attended a Vancouver Canuck game

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Less than one month until Sleep Out: Mothers Edition!

On May 4, 2017, we are challenging mothers to spend one night sleeping on the street, with just a sleeping bag and piece of cardboard. But it's not about pretending to be homeless. It's about showing a group of young people that they are worthy of unconditional love and absolute respect.

Sleep Out: Mothers Edition   will raise funds to support our  Street Outreach  program. Travelling on foot, Outreach Workers are often the "face" of Covenant House.  They offer food, counselling, minor medical attention. They take great care to build relationships with youth, and encourage them to come to our Crisis Program or Drop-In Centre.

You can stand with our sleepers & young people:

Make a donation to support a Sleep Out participant
  Join the movement and  Sleep Out   
 Be part of the conversation on social media and share posts using the hashtag #CHSleepOut

If you have questions or want to learn more, please contact:

Kim Wing
Development Officer - Special Events
kwing@covenanthousebc.org
604-639-8916

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