26 May 2020
Supporting at-risk youth through the crisis
Our gift is helping Covenant House provide young people with safe housing, and assistance with addiction, mental health issues, and physical/emotional trauma.
Covenant House Vancouver helps young people aged 16 to 24 who have fled abuse; those who have been forced from their homes; and those who have aged out of foster care. The group’s Residential Crisis Program offers young people safe housing, and assistance with addiction, mental health issues, and physical / emotional trauma.
The Coronavirus pandemic has introduced even greater challenges to homeless youth:
- Without a home, they cannot self-isolate, practice good hygiene, and stay away from others
- Many do not have daily access to fast and accurate information as the crisis evolves
- This population is at a higher risk of infections, chronic illnesses, and compromised immune systems
- Many services across Vancouver have been forced to close as a result of the virus
Our relationship with Covenant House spans over two decades, and we knew they would need extra help at this crucial time. In addition to the annual financial support we provide Covenant House, we committed $25,000 to assist through the crisis. Our donation is helping to run core programs and increase health and safety measures to protect staff and residents of the house. These include: more cleaning products, personal protective equipment for all youth and staff, more meals and activities for youth living at the house, adapted drop-in centre services providing meals, clothing, and hygiene supplies, adapted outreach support where youth workers are delivering meals, groceries and supplies to others, and virtual counselling and art therapy sessions.
If you would like to learn more, or donate to help vulnerable youth, please click here.
“Thank you to Grosvenor Americas for your increased support during this crisis! You are helping to keep vulnerable youth safe and supported in a loving home.” - Jessica Thompson, Manager, Organizational & Annual Giving, Covenant House Vancouver