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Night of New Beginnings Fundraiser this week - amazing auction items

The "Night of New Beginnings" Gala fundraiser for Covenant House is quickly approaching and we hope you will join laineygossip.com's and eTalk Daily's Elaine Lui for an evening of wine, food, fashion and bidding...we have some fabulous live and silent auction items including:

  • Fishing trip to Tofino - from Goodbye Graffiti
  • Flight to and cabin in Whitefish Montana
  • Canucks tickets, including the TD Bank suite at GM place for one game
  • Local hotel stays for short getaways
  • Hockey paraphernalia (autographed Mitchell jersey, Hockey Canada autographed team stick - Men's 2008 team)
  • Catered party for 10 from Emelle's
  • Chef's tasting menu for 6 from Blue Water Café
  • Helijet to Victoria and luxury car rentals

Hope to see you there!

Bags of love

Today at the front desk I received 5 bags full of winter clothing for our youth. In two of the bags there were 65 sets of scarves and gloves that were hand knit and tied together. The two ladies who dropped off the clothing shared with me that their friend who initiated this effort was recently diagnosed with brain cancer. They were very sweet and mentioned that they just wanted the kids to know that someone cared deeply for them.

Introducing Walter, Therapy Dog-in-Training

I'm excited to report that an additional mode of therapy for our youth is being introduced at Covenant House. Our Mental Health Team is expanding. I'd like you to meet Walter, who will be helping out in session with Animal Assisted Therapy.

Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a goal-directed intervention in which an animal that meets specific criteria is an integral part of the treatment process. There are many advantages to having Animal Assisted Therapy available to our youth: AAT has been proven to greatly reduce anxiety for clients with psychotic and mood disorders and helps in opening the lines of communication. Having a therapy animal available has shown to improve attendance rates as many clients wary of counselling often have an easier time initially bonding with another ‘person' that cannot speak back and that provides unconditional love.

Though Walter will technically be considered a ‘therapy dog in training' until he is old enough for testing (1 year), he will be assisting in therapy, becoming socialized with our youth, and becoming accustomed to the sights, smells, and sounds of our buildings as of Monday, November 23rd as part of his ongoing training.

Do you have any experience with therapy dogs or know anyone who has?

Walter
Walter therapy dog

Revised Television spot ready to air

Two years ago, Covenant House was fortunate to win the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters (BCAB) Humanity Award which gave us $3,000,000 worth of radio and televison advertising for a year.  It was a very successful campaign and we are forever grateful to all of the radio and television stations that participated. 

The television spot was a direct call to action asking the public to support our shelter expansion.  At the time, we were turning away more youth than we were serving due to overwhelming need.  The campaign was successful!  In two years, we have more than doubled the capacity of our shelter from 22 to 54 beds thanks to the support of the Provincial Government and our donors.

In order to thank our donors and the public and to remind everyone that we need ongoing support to sustain this expansion, we have revised the televison spot and hope to receive PSA (public service announcement) support from televisions across British Columbia.

Extra special and sincere thanks to Grant Fraggalosch who wrote both television scripts.

Click here to see the new spot.

What do you think of our new spot? 

You provided for me when I needed it most

We recieved this message on our Facebook page today.

Covenant House. You supported and provided for me when I needed it most,

I will never forget that and will be entirely grateful for the rest of my life. Living at covenant house is one of my greatest Life experiences which I'm proud to have shared with you. I never thought that at 16 I would have learnt this much or come so far in life.

I'm a lot stronger now than I have ever been and thanks to you I'm safe again, living back home with my Family and Friends. I would just like to say that before I came to Vancouver I had no idea people like you actually existed. You've proved to me that not everyone is the same and there is always hope.

I'm loving my life at the moment and and appreciate what you've done for me soo much. I hope one day, somehow, I'll be able to return the favour.

Much Love, Rachel.

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