Vancouver is an expensive city. Imagine navigating the streets alone because the streets seem to be a better alternative than being at home. Maybe you left an abusive situation or maybe you’ve been turned out of your home because you turned 19. The real world is scary enough for those of us who have known nothing but support and have been given opportunities to succeed.
I can‘t imagine but I do see youth needing help, be it financially or emotionally. I admit that I’m not equipped to provide the assistance many need and have walked past youth on the streets so when I discovered Covenant House Vancouver I knew I found my way to help. I have personally donated to Covenant House Vancouver over the past few years but I know I can do more so when I saw the the opportunity to be Charity Runner on the registration page of the BMO Vancouver Marathon I had to choose Covenant House Vancouver as my charity partner. The goal set for Charity Runners is $400 in order for us to get 20% of our registration fee reimbursed to us, but if I raise $400 I pledge to donate $100. I want make my second marathon more meaningful than my first. Can you help me?
Here’s a brief summary of Covenant House Vancouver:
Founded in 1997 Covenant House Vancouver offers a clear exit from life on the street to youth aged 16 - 24. We make this possible through a carefully designed Continuum of Care including a daily drop-in, a 59 bed residential crisis program, a transitional living program, relapse prevention and life skills training.
Each day young people come to us damaged from the abuses of their past, desperately needing love and guidance. Over the next year more than 1,200 homeless young people will come to Covenant House Vancouver and take the first steps in creating a better life for themselves by reaching out and saying, “Can you help me?”… and together we can.