For roughly 700 of Vancouver’s young people, basic necessities like a hearty meal, warm bed, and safe shelter are true luxuries. Every day these kids face the threat of violence, illness, and abuse as a result of their homelessness.
On November 15, BCIT President Don Wright will spend a night on the streets in solidarity with homeless youth in Vancouver and around the world. Don joins several high-profile Vancouverites—as well as executives in 11 other Canadian and US cities—in raising funds for Covenant House, a 40-year old privately-funded agency dedicated to providing food, shelter, immediate crisis care, and essential services to homeless youth throughout the United States, Canada, and Latin America.
For Don, who sits on the Board of Covenant House Vancouver, concern for youth-at-risk provided the impetus to participate in Sleep Out. “I want to get a small glimpse of the life that too many have to experience on a regular basis,” says Don. “I think it will give me increased insight and empathy. I am also hoping that in this small way I can help mobilize society’s attention and resources on this issue.” Read more…….