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Thank you - Sleep Out
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 homeless youth. 

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. 

Sincerely,
Mark Pearmain Superintendent of Schools

Here are some photos from the February, 28, 2019, Sleep Out for Covenant House Vancouver:

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Ilona Wardas, Vice Principal at Upper Lynn Elementary, and Mark Pearmain, Superintendent/CEO of North Vancouver School District

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Youth from Covenant House Vancouver share their stories.

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