Walking through the city and admiring the current street styles is something I enjoy doing but it’s not very often I admire the street life or those living it. I recently read that there is a steady 1,600 people currently living on the streets of Vancouver, nearly 700 of whom are considered youth. This March JC Institute is putting on a fashion show fundraiser for Covenant House Vancouver, an organization that is aimed at helping the street involved youth of the city. Privately funded through donations and sponsors, this non-profit offers street outreach, drop-‐in services, housing support, case management and a crisis shelter. I don’t mean to sound like an infomercial but the work that Covenant House does is amazing.
I use to volunteer weekly at a women’s shelter and the stories I heard were a blend of “that actually happened” and straight concern. Coming from a wide age range, with those in their 20’s saying the same thing as those in their 50’s. I was told that the early years made the biggest difference. Maybe it’s because of my personal experience that I believe in Covenant House and want to support what they’re doing, not that you can’t feel a connection simply from passing by someone in need. If you want to support the work that’s being done, come out to Porcelain, a JCI fashion show to see what the students have been working so hard on, bid in the silent auction, and help enable Covenant House’s impact on the streets.
JC Institute’s fashion show Porcelain happens on Tuesday March 25 at Performance Works on Granville Island, doors open at 6pm and the show begins at 7:30. Tickets are available at JCI (220 Cambie) for $20 or $25 at the door. All net proceeds will go to Covenant House.
Tessa Wray, JCI Fashion Student