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Free Vancouver Walking Tours in Support of Homeless Youth

Explore Vancouver’s Art Deco history and architecture on monthly free Vancouver walking tours. On your Art Deco walking tour you’ll hear how Art Deco swept out of Paris in the 1920s and took North America by storm. It’s the story of how war, technology, immigration, fashion, social upheaval, and archeology succeeded in tearing up the rule book on architecture.

Downtown Vancouver hosts some Art Deco beauties – from the streamlined sophistication of the Vogue Theatre, to the ornate decadence of the Marine Building, and much more in between! On the walking tour you’ll unlock the history of these remarkable buildings. You’ll also visit the Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver Art Gallery, and Canada Post building – they ain’t Art Deco but they do have a story to tell!

Forbidden Vancouver has partnered with Covenant House Vancouver. If you’re coming on one of the free Vancouver walking tours, we encourage you to donate to support Covenant House. Your donation will make a real contribution to ending youth homelessness in Vancouver. Please consider bringing a cash or cheque donation of $25 per person to the tour. Other donation amounts are welcome too – whatever you feel comfortable with. 100% of the collected funds will be given directly to Covenant House.

Tours are the first Thursday of every month starting at 10:00am. You can learn more and sign up here

Free Vancouver walking tours in support of CHV

Youth Garden Project

The young ladies at our Drake Street Crisis Program have been bringing Spring to our space. The girls have been working on growing flowers which will be planted into their patio flower boxes when more mature. In the mean time they are growing up on the porch outside the Development and Communications office area and bring us joy. The girls have loved learning about gardening and find it very calming and good for the soul.

We can’t wait to see the flowers planted and in full bloom!

Youth Garden Project

Thanking Warm Stuff for bring clothing to youth in need!

Warm Stuff is a Mountain Climbing Clothing Charity that works with local climbing centers and outdoor clothing stores to hosts donation bins for gently worn outdoor clothing. The donations are collected when the bin is full and distributed to youth in need at Covenant House and other non-profits.

Big thank you to Warm Stuff and all the climbers who have donated clothing for our young people!

Warm Stuff  

It’s the little things that count the most…

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.

David had stayed with us twice before in our Crisis Program. As I did his intake I spoke with David about where he had been living since his last stay with us and he spoke about sleeping on the streets and at various shelters in the city. After completing intake David had a break and had a meal. During this time I took some clean clothes, socks and other items folded them and placed them on David’s bed.

About 30 minutes later David entered the office to speak with staff, David stated “who folded my clothes for me man, were you the chick that did that? Nobody has ever done that for me before.” David said this with a huge smile on his face.

This type of reaction from the youth at Covenant House shows us how much small caring gestures can mean to our youth and can make them realize that they are loved and cared for. It’s often the little things we do that mean so much to our youth. 

No act of kindness no matter how small is ever wasted. - Aesop

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