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Thanks to Vancouver Whitecaps FC & Major League Soccer for their incredible support of our youth!

Yesterday Vancouver Whitecaps FC and MLS Commissioner Don Garber visited Covenant House Vancouver to donate $10,000 on behalf of Major League Soccer & MLS Works. Vancouver Whitecaps FC is such an amazing community partner and fantastic supporter of our young people and we can’t thank them enough.

Huge thanks to Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Major League Soccer and Commissioner Don Garber!

Huge thanks to Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Major League Soccer and Commissioner Don Garber! 

Snow day fun at ROP

The snow is not fun for everyone but folks at Rights of Passage made the best of it and created a snow friend. It has been stated that from the side it may resemble a turkey!

For youth who need to get out of the snow our Drop-In Centre is open this morning and there is a full hot meal from 3:30 to 5:00pm. 

ROP Snow Man

SoMa Gallery Art Fundraiser in support of Covenant House Vancouver

SoMa Gallery
279 East 6th Ave, Vancouver

Thursday, February 2, 2017 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Friday, February 3, 2017 6:30pm to 9:30pm
and Saturday February 4, 2017 11am to 5pm

The suggested donation to attend the event is $30.00

Art work for sale by the following artists:
Arnt Arntzen
Tiko Kerr
Cori Creed
David Tycho
David Robinson
Nancy Boyd
Cathryn Jenkins
Niina Chebry
and more

 For more information please call:
Don MacMillan, Director of SoMa Gallery 604-565-5622 or 604-240-0811
Cathryn Jenkins, Artist 604-880-0462 

You can learn more or donate to the event here   and read  about  event  in  The  Vancover  Sun.  

Cori Creed’s Twilight Folding Over (oil and spray paint on canvas)
“Twilight Folding Over”
Artist: Cori Creed

Eagle: Cathryn Jenkins 
Artist: Cathryn Jenkins

David Robinson "Gaze"
David Robinson

Building strong relationships helped David stay on track

I had the opportunity to work with David for over a year in our Crisis Program before he was accepted in to our Rights of Passage Program (ROP). During his time in our Crisis Program he grew so much as an individual. He exited his previous street-involved lifestyle, enrolled in school, completed a job training program, took care of his health issues, started visiting his family again, and gained full time employment. Despite his many successes he still faced many struggles and contemplated returning to his old lifestyle, but was always willing to engage in a conversation with staff to talk it through. He built a strong relationship with our youth workers, and was known to motivate other youth to go to the gym or joke around.

Crisis Program staff and David were both excited to see him move to ROP where he would have affordable housing and support while transitioning to independent living. It was clear that the relationships and trust that he had built with staff in the Crisis Program was a strong motivator in choosing ROP. The relationship that he built with Crisis Program staff remains although he has been in ROP for many months.

Whenever he runs into Crisis Program staff in our building, he always asks staff how they are or what is new in their life. For myself, as someone who has known David for over two years, I am proud of his accomplishments that he has achieved while accessing services at Covenant House Vancouver.

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Mischa Weisz Foundation Supports the Youth in Rights of Passage

Before he passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2009, Mischa Weisz created a charitable foundation so his philanthropic spirit could live on.  During his life, Mischa was a father, philanthropist, and successful entrepreneur who founded TNS Smart Network.  The causes that were closest to his heart included those that help disadvantaged children and Covenant House Vancouver is incredibly grateful to once again receive the support of the Mischa Weisz Foundation.

Since 2012, the Mischa Weisz Foundation has supported the young men and women in our Rights of Passage program.  Rights of Passage exists for those youth who otherwise would be unable to live on their own. While many of us were fortunate to grow up with loving parents who nurtured us and taught us the tools that we need to live independently, many homeless youth were never given this opportunity. Skills such as cleaning, cooking, budgeting, and managing relationships with roommates and landlords are all critical if youth are to be expected to live independently and be free from street life.

The foundation recently made a gift of $10,000 to honour the memory of Mischa Weisz.  This donation will help provide our young people with a safe place to live, while they learn the skills that are so important for independent adulthood.  We are incredibly grateful to the Mischa Weisz Foundation and know his generosity will live on in the many lives the foundation’s support is helping to change.

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