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Covenant House launches 50/50 raffle to support homeless youth

Covenant House Vancouver is launching an exciting new online fundraising initiative
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Help Covenant House Vancouver raise crucial funds for vulnerable youth.

Covenant House Vancouver is launching an exciting new online fundraising initiative.

From Feb. 15 to March 15, supporters will be able to buy tickets online for a 50/50 draw.

“We’re super excited to host this 50/50 draw,” development officer Allison Briggs says.

“It’s an amazing way for our community to support youth who are experiencing homelessness. We rely on fundraisers such as this to make sure our doors are always open for youth who need it the most.”

One lucky winner will take home half of the total jackpot with the other half going to Covenant House Vancouver. The more tickets sold, the greater the prize and the more support for the crucial programming offered by Covenant House.

“We are 95 per cent privately funded, so community support means the world to us,” Briggs says.

In Vancouver, there are between 500 to 1,000 youth experiencing homelessness every night. An average of 104 individual youth find love and support at Covenant House Vancouver every single day.

The fundraiser also sponsors Covenant House’s programming at a time when it is needed more than ever.

“The pandemic has impacted youth in a profound way, and we continue to provide food, shelter and medical care for those most in need,” Briggs says. “All youth deserve a safe place to sleep, especially during this time when housing is healthcare.”

Established in 1997, Covenant House Vancouver is the premier service provider of housing and outreach services for young people in the city of Vancouver. Covenant House Vancouver helps young people ages 16 to 24 who have fled physical, emotional and sexual abuse; those who have been forced from their homes; those who have been trafficked; and those who have aged out of foster care.

Covenant House Vancouver’s core programs include: Street Outreach, Drop-In Centre, Crisis Program and a long-term transitional living program called Rights of Passage. Its Continuum of Care includes support services that cover mental health, substance use, integrated case management and housing supports.

The organization uses a “one size, fits one” approach, tailored to the specific needs of each individual youth. This ensures that precise supports are made available to youth based on their respective journey meeting each youth’s unique needs.

During a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has especially impacted youth, including massive job loss and increased anxiety, Covenant House moved quickly to adapt its programming to continue to make it accessible to those most in need.

“We did pivot quite quickly because we wanted to ensure our services would continue to be available for youth. We found innovative ways to support them, such as virtual counselling and physically distanced events,” Briggs says.

“Participating in this draw helps young people as they work to overcome homelessness,” says Briggs. “Ensuring vulnerable youth have a safe space when they need it most.”

Buy your tickets for the 50/50 draw online today at Chv5050.ca