We share a dream of creating a safe space for street entrenched youth.
The Cowichan Valley has an estimated 300 individuals that are unhoused, precariously housed (couch surfing) and increasingly, living in vehicles. As housing becomes more scarce and less affordable, these numbers are increasing. Many of those individuals are youth. At a time in their lives when they need stability, direction and support, they have none. Some have aged out of care, left unhealthy family situations, some have disabilities and many have trauma we can't imagine. Some turn to substances to ease the pain.
How can we help?
We can start by providing a safe place for youth to drop in. We can start by listening while we provide the basics such as a warm meal, medical attention, a warm shower and some clean clothes. We can learn about what they need and direct them to other resources in the community. In a perfect world, we could provide shelter or at the very least a referral to shelter. We can provide the vital connection needed to change the course of their lives.
Funds donated here will be held in a capital account for CMHA Cowichan Valley Branch to create (either by purchasing or building) a safe space for homeless youth in the Cowichan Valley. Our goal is to raise $500,000. Fundraising campaigns such as our annual Coldest Night of the Year and the Shaw Text to Donate campaigns will support this project.
All donations over $20 will receive a tax receipt by mail. Monthly donations are welcome.