Drake Street Building
Covenant House Vancouver runs all of its programs out of 2 buildings. Our Drake street building houses our Outreach team, Drop-In Centre, 22 of our shelter beds, and our mental health and housing programs. Our Pender street building houses Rights of Passage, 32 shelter beds and some support services.
A Warm Welcome
24 hours a day 7 days a week our reception is open to welcome youth into Covenant House Vancouver.
The goal of the Outreach team is to seek out those young people who are living on the streets. Travelling on foot, outreach workers are often the "face" of Covenant House and they take great care to connect with youth, always encouraging them to come to our Shelter or Drop-In program.
Thanks to our generous donors are young people have access to our free clothing room. Here they can get everything from warm clothes and clean P.J.’s to business wear for job interviews.
The Drop-In program provides an array of "as-needed" services to young people aged 13 - 24 and always responds to a young person's most immediate needs first. At our Drop-In youth can receive food, clothing, hygiene supplies, counseling and help with a variety of life skills.
Thanks to our team of dedicated cooks our youth enjoy warm and health meals/snacks. At Covenant House, we believe that when youth don’t have to worry about when they are getting their next meal they can better focus on other issues.
Our 54-bed crisis shelter offers safe housing, food, clothing and counseling to young people aged 16 - 24 on a first-come, first-served basis. Upon intake, we see to a young person's immediate needs first, which is usually medical attention, food and rest.
Shelter Common Space
We strive to make our Shelter as youth friendly as possible. When young people are not working on their individual plans they have a safe place to relax in. Thanks to donors our youth can enjoy playing games, creating art and watching TV.
Walter (Therapy Dog) & Jessie
Walter our therapy dog sits in on counseling sessions with Jesse, one of our mental health clinicians, and provides comfort and appropriate distraction for our young people.
Rights of Passage (ROP) is a transitional living program that provides long term supported housing. ROP provides our young people with a safe and affordable home in a community setting that allows them to improve their life and social skills in a nurturing, supportive environment.
Shared Kitchen In ROP
At the ROP shared Kitchen youth can practice their cooking skills. Many of the young people we serve are not ready to live independently; they lack the basic life skills most of us take for granted: budgeting, saving, cooking, cleaning, goal setting etc. ROP prepares youth to live as independent adults.
What We Do
Covenant House Vancouver provides food, shelter, clothing and counselling to over 1,500 homeless and runaway youth each year.
We have 54 beds sheltering 16 – 24 year-olds in crisis. Trained staff and volunteers get them help.
We meet at-risk youth where they are, offering sandwiches and support on Vancouver’s streets.