In this city, on any given night, there are between 500 and 1000 homeless youth on the streets. Some have fled an abusive home, were abandoned by their loved ones, or have aged out of the foster care system with no family, money, or place to go. First and foremost Covenant House aims to meet basic needs including medical attention, nutritious food, and a safe place to sleep. The incredible staff works to learn what brought each individual to the program in the first place and therefore determine how best they can help. They aim to show them that they aren’t alone, that they do belong, and that they are loved. Substance misuse counseling, treatment for mental illness, and support with finding a job and a place to live are among the other offerings of this incredible organization.
Each year, more than 1,500 street involved youth come to the Covenant House in Vancouver to find sanctuary. A crisis shelter is available with trained staff and volunteers to give guidance without judgement. The street outreach program offering food and support allows volunteers and youth workers to meet at-risk youth where ever they are. A Rights of Passage program gives kids the support, life skills, and safety that they need in order to transition away from a life on the streets.
Although volunteer opportunities aren’t available until the age of 26, as a class, we’re happy to help out in our small way. As we work to create our show, the Covenant House is always at the foundation of our plans.
Brittany Morrow, JCI Fashion Student