Event Schedule

7:30pm Registration and Participant Meet and Greet

We will welcome Sleep Out participants at 575 Drake Street, right on the corner of Drake Street and Seymour Street. Please use the entrance on Seymour Street. Food and refreshments will be served as participants connect with each other and meet some of the Covenant House Vancouver staff.

Please note: We ask participants to keep in mind that some of the youth may be battling addictions and respectfully ask that all participants refrain from consuming any alcohol prior to the Sleep Out event.

7:45pm Executive Director Welcome

Our Executive Director, Krista Thompson, will welcome Sleep Out participants.

8:00pm Covenant House Vancouver Tour

Covenant House Vancouver staff will offer tours of the Drake building, which houses the 24-bed Women’s Crisis Program and the Community Support Services Drop-In. Participants will see firsthand how Covenant House Vancouver has become a home for homeless youth.

8:30pm Presentations and Panel Discussion

Learn more about Covenant House Vancouver by listening to staff share their knowledge and experience working with homeless youth. Youth will also share their personal stories and explain how they found their way to our doors and how their lives have changed since. Youth will have the opportunity to ask participants why they decided to Sleep Out, and after discussions there will be time for participants to meet with program staff.

9:30pm Refreshments and Group Activity

Refreshments and snacks will be provided before participants head outside, and a group activity will be introduced.

10:00pm Sleep Out

We will provide participants with a sleeping bag and a piece of cardboard to sleep on. Much like it is for youth who have nowhere else to turn each night; it will not be a very comfortable set up. Warm and protective outdoor clothing is recommended. Some suggestions are: warm head wear, scarf, gloves, thermal underwear, rain jacket, layered synthetic clothing and wool socks.

5:30am Group Reflection

A light breakfast will be served before a brief closing reflection.

6:00am Sleep Out Participants Depart

For more information please email executives@covenanthousebc.org