Covenant House Vancouver
The young people who come to Covenant House face many obstacles to achieving independence. The majority of street youth have experienced physical, sexual and or emotional abuse, often at the hands of the adults that were responsible for taking care of them. Likewise, Vancouver’s downtown streets can be dangerous. Sexual exploitation, drug abuse, poverty and illness are commonplace on the streets and many of our youth are re-victimized there, having fled one unsafe situation only to find their circumstances often worse.
They have 5 Principles that guide their services:
Immediacy – Responding to a youth’s basic needs right now
Sanctuary – Providing safety and security from the hazards of the street
Value Communication – Modeling respectful interaction; there’s no more need to lie, cheat and steal to survive
Structure – Street life is completely unstructured; we provide the stability and structure needed for youth to stabilize and progress toward independent living
Choice – We show youth that their life isn’t a dead end and that we will do everything in our power to provide them with the tools needed to start a new life as long as they work with us to meet their goals