Our top needed GIK (Gift-in-Kind) items:
Underwear (brand new only)
Single and double sheet sets
To learn more about donating items to Covenant House Vancouver click here or if you have questions please call 604-639-8937.
Terri arrived in Vancouver on a Greyhound bus and found her way to our Crisis Program. She was coming from Toronto where she was stuck in a cycle of poverty and homelessness which lead her to be caught up with some dangerous people in unsafe environments. Terri decided that she didn’t want anything to do with street life anymore and needed the sanctuary of a new city to do that.
On top of having almost no money, belongings, or places to go, Terri had another big problem on her hands… she could barely see! Terri struggled to read papers unless she held them directly in front of her face. I think I even saw the paper touch her nose one time. We knew until this was sorted out that nothing else could be done. Top priority was to connect Terri to an optometrist which we helped to arrange. When Terri connected with the eye doctor they told her that she was almost legally blind. The doctor went right to work and within a week Terri was fitted for glasses.
Once Terri had glasses, her world really opened up. She began to read, practice journaling and coloring and working on mindfulness. Paperwork suddenly became less daunting and tasks were being completed left right and center. Terri joked that she needed to be introduced to each Youth Worker again as she saw them totally differently. We both had a big laugh that day, and her smile was contagious. All of the other girls in the Crisis Program were congratulating her and complimenting her choice of frames. Homeless people often lack access to basic medical privileges that we take for granted and it was truly lovely to see Terri be able to literally see the new life she was creating with her good choices.
Youth in and from care advocated for the BC Child and Youth In Care Week--now in its seventh year--so their brothers and sisters in care could grow up feeling celebrated for their diverse talents and accomplishments, surrounded by a supportive community who stands with them. They also wanted to raise awareness about the barriers they face and fight the stigma that comes with being a "foster kid."
Find BC Child and Youth in Care Week events, promo kit, awards, tips, videos, social media action and more: bcchildandyouthincareweek.com #BCCYICW
We are so grateful to G&F Financial Group for their incredible $9,200 donation to support the 25 youth in our Rights of Passage transition housing program. Rights of Passage teaches young people how to take care of themselves and their own homes while they are going to school or working fulltime.
G&F Financial Group’s generous gift is providing the supplies that these resilient young people need to learn new life skills and excel in their education and career goals. Investing in these young lives today will impact families and communities for generations to come.
Thank you G&F Financial Group!