Did you know there are between 500 and 1,000 16-24 year olds living on the Vancouver streets each night? 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. Covenant House helps homeless, runaway and at-risk young people for short-term residential care through their Crisis Program and longer term care in their transitional living program Rights of Passage (ROP).
Although Norsat has been a long-time supporter of the Covenant House, many of the employees were unaware of the history and the great work that Covenant House does in our community. Jessica Thompson, Development Officer at Covenant House came to Norsat to talk about their outreach team, drop-in centre, shelter beds, and mental health and housing programs.
During this visit, Norsat’s marketing and communications manager and chair of the Norsat Foundation, Annette Colligan, presented Jessica with a donation to support their various programs.
To learn more about the services that Covenant House offers in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, go to http://www.covenanthousebc.org/