Covenant House

It may start with a knock on the door at Covenant House at 3:00 in the morning, a hot meal in the Drop-in Centre or the offer of a sandwich on the street. Regardless of how young people first access Covenant House’s programs they are met with unconditional love and absolute respect.

Covenant House Vancouver exists for youth ages 16 to 24 who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless. For almost 22 years, Covenant House has provided a hand up to young people who have nowhere else to turn. Many youths are fleeing physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse, and see the streets as a better option than what they’re leaving behind. Covenant House meets young people where they are; the programs provided to youth are collectively referred to as the Continuum of Care. The Continuum is made up of Community Support Services (Outreach and Drop-In Centre); the residential Crisis Program; and the Rights of Passage Program (affordable housing and support for youth transitioning to independence).

Covenant House’s downtown Vancouver location is vital given that most youth fleeing terrible home situations gravitate to the city centre. The downtown community supports Covenant House in many ways, ensuring that young people have a place to call home. As a member of the DVBIA, Covenant House is pleased to work with members of the business community to ensure that the downtown core is a safe and welcoming place for all.

There are many ways that DVBIA members can be involved with Covenant House including:

  • Creating an event in support of Covenant House (we have an online fundraising platform that can be used in support of your event).
  • Holding a casual/jeans day at your office or business; we provide the stickers and posters. You can also create a theme day of your choosing.
  • Volunteering as an individual (minimum age is 26) or as a group.
  • Creating a point of sale campaign at your business
  • Participating in one of our Sleep Out events

"Covenant House was the first place I've ever lived where I was safe and nobody could hurt me. It's the first place that I've ever felt that kind of sense of belonging, it's the first place I've ever had a home."

Name withheld for confidentiality

Members of the DVBIA are encouraged to contact Covenant House with any questions they may have or if they’d like to schedule a tour.

For more information please contact:

Mark Savard
Development Officer – Community Giving
Tel: 604-639-8922