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Get your tickets for youth theatre project Legend of the Fireflies

True Voice Theatre Project   is a community arts program inclusive to individuals who have experienced homelessness or are currently vulnerably housed in Vancouver.

On May 5th and 6th   2017 five of the youth participants will premiere their collaboratively created piece titled Legend of the Fireflies, which explores themes of home and transformation.

To learn more and get tickets click   here

Thanks to Haven Mattress's for helping our youth get a good night's sleep!

Thanks to our amazing supporter and Sleep Out participant Jillian Harris we were connected to Haven Mattress Co. For every ten mattresses that Haven Mattress sells they donate one new mattress to a shelter or charity through their SafeHaven Program. We are honoured that they have partnered with us to provide brand new twin mattresses on an ongoing basis to youth who are transitioning out of our services on to independent living.

Big thanks to Haven Mattress Co for helping our youth to achieve independence and get a good night’s sleep! 

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Property Managers and Landlords we need your help!

Our Housing Support Workers  help youth find and hold on to safe and affordable housing but we need your help. As we all know there is a lack of affordable rentals in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Our Housing Team is finding it increasingly hard to help youth who are ready for independent living to make that next step simply due to lack of space.

By working together we can help provide you with quality tenants that would be appropriate for your buildings and that would have the support of our team. We work with our youth on life skills such as budgeting, cleanliness, cooking skills and many other supportive programs so they can live healthy and independent lives.

Property managers you would have longer term tenants that are appropriate for your residency that also have the additional support of our team. We would be available to liaise with you if any concerns or issues arose with a tenant recommended by us.

If you are interested in learning more or setting up a meeting please contact us at the following:

Marc Lefebvre                                                               
Housing Support Outreach Worker
 Covenant House Vancouver
 mlefebvre@covenanthousebc.org
 604-880-8439

Linda Robinson
Housing Support Outreach Worker                           
Covenant House Vancouver
lrobinson@covenanthousebc.org
 604-968-8527

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Crest or Colgate?

I walked into our Drop-In Centre  area the other day and observed Robert, who volunteers at the front desk, talking with a young woman needing toothpaste. Robert reached behind the counter for a box full of toothpaste and asked “So, are you a Crest or a Colgate girl?

It seemed a simple question but it was much more. Rather than just hand this young woman a tube of toothpaste, Robert engaged with her: he recognized that homeless or not, everyone has a preference for toothpaste. They kept on chatting and I couldn’t help but wonder if that conversation would have continued had Robert not taken that extra little step to take care of this young woman.

The young people who come to CSS are for the most part, pretty entrenched in street life. We meet their basic needs, whether it’s clothing, accommodation searches or a referral to a psychiatrist. Our youth workers and volunteers build relationships with the young people who come to CSS in the hopes that trust will be earned; perhaps enough that a young person will take that first brave step and enter our Crisis Program. Anyone who has ever had to ask for help can relate to how difficult this is: an admission of vulnerability or an acknowledgement that things aren’t “perfect” takes tremendous courage.

So when a young a person comes to us and they see that they are supported not only by our youth workers, but also by someone who volunteers, the difficulty of asking for help is cushioned by the knowledge that they are not alone. We asked our young people why they think people volunteer at Covenant House, the responses were heartwarming and in some cases, quite funny:

“Many reasons. For one, staff can’t do everything at once, they have enough on their hands as it is”

“Because, personally, I need help and people here HELPED me. When I need someone to talk to they were there to help”

“Volunteers prove that some humans still care for their fellow men and women without monetary concern.”

“Cause they’re cool”

 “Because any extra help is good. Youth need any and all the help they can get.”

So our hats are off to Robert and all of our other volunteers who through their donations of time, talent (and often treasure too) show our youth that they are worthy of someone’s time and attention and that their needs are important — whether it’s a new pair of shoes, a hot meal or the wonderful feeling that comes when you know someone is interested in what you have to say and your preference in toothpaste.

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One week until Sleep Out: Mothers Edition!

Never underestimate the power of a mother’s love. On May 4th we are challenging mothers to Sleep Out for one night, united in the spirit of motherhood, to show homeless youth that they are not alone. With only a sleeping bag and a piece of cardboard, participants will get a small glimpse of what it’s like to “sleep” on the street.

It’s not about pretending to be homeless. It’s about showing young people that they are worthy of unconditional love and absolute respect, and proving that we care enough about them to be uncomfortable for one night; to be vulnerable, so they can be safe.

“Sleepers” will also interact with some of our youth currently staying with us and those who have stayed with us in the past. They will hear their personal stories of how they found their way to our doors and how their lives have changed since. Youth will also have the opportunity to ask the participants why they support Covenant House and why they are Sleeping Out.

Every dollar raised through the Sleep Out: Mothers Edition will help our Outreach Team connect with youth who are living on the streets and in need of immediate care. Follow us on social media using the #CHSleepOut and be part of the discussion.

Click here to learn more and support our Vancouver participants.

One week until Sleep Out: Mothers Edition

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