Dear Friends and Family,
I would like to thank you for supporting my Sleep Out fundraiser with Covenant House Vancouver.
The various programs and services for homeless youth in Vancouver who are struggling with mental health
and addiction will directly benefit from your generosity. Covenant House provides drop-in services such
as counselling, medical assistance and hot meals. As well, there are employment services, financial
assistance and recreation activities available through their community support services. The staff and
volunteers at Covenant House work tremendously hard to make it a safe and welcoming space for
My Sleep Out took place on Thursday, February 28th. It was just one night of sleeping out in the cold but the
experience did have a profound effect on me. It was a relief to know that I had a warm shower and bed to
go to afterwards. What a humbling experience it was to hear from some of the youth who will benefit from
the Sleep Out initiative:
We heard from Angela, a youth in the Rights of Passage program, who said, “Covenant House is
somewhere you’ll feel really supported, somewhere you’ll feel really safe.” Because of you, she has the
support she needs to pursue her dreams of becoming a flight attendant. She is going to be the first flight
attendant in the Rights of Passage program.
We also heard from Chad, a youth in the Crisis Program, who shared his story, “I was in foster care since I
was 8-years-old up until I turned 19. After that, I bounced around on the streets and to friends’ houses until I
found Covenant House. It’s been a steady place for me and very helpful.” Because of you, he can focus on
his health and pursue his dreams of carpentry.
Blaize, also from the Crisis Program, said, “Covenant House has fun art therapy groups and outings… things
that let you get your head away from what’s going on outside.” Because of you, he is able to save money
working as a lifeguard to one day pursue his dreams of becoming a graphic designer.
So far the NVSD has raised $19,000 towards Covenant House and my personal goal of $4,000 was
surpassed, thanks to your support.
From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for supporting our efforts to provide shelter and services for our
most vulnerable youth.
Superintendent of Schools
Here are some photos from the February, 28, 2019, Sleep Out for Covenant House Vancouver:
Ilona Wardas, Vice Principal at Upper Lynn Elementary, and Mark Pearmain, Superintendent/CEO of North Vancouver School District
Youth from Covenant House Vancouver share their stories.