A Night in the Life 2018

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Homeless youth in Vancouver face a harsh reality. Here’s your chance to change that.


“eye-opening and humbling…”
Geoff Brooks, A Night in the Life 2017 participant


Support Vancouver’s most vulnerable, street-involved youth by participating in or donating to A Night in the Life.

Raise $2,000 to experience life through the eyes of a homeless youth on March 7:

  • Take a youth-led tour of the streets
  • Test your luck in the homelessness survival simulator
  • Eat a typical meal in the day of a homeless youth

Raise $5,000 and be invited to sleep out on the street after the tour and simulator to better understand what homeless youth face every night. You will never look at homelessness the same way again.

All funds raised go to the Directions Youth Services food program.

See photos from last year’s A Night in the Life.

The walking tour was extremely impactful. I don’t think I will look at the homeless community in the same way ever again.  The stories and perspective of the youth showed us a world we had never seen before.” – Emily Parson, ANITL 2017 Participant


About the Directions Youth Services food program

Last year, Directions provided 49,621 hot meals and snacks to at-risk, street-involved youth. Meals are offered 7 days a week, 365 days a year and are often the only source of good nutrition for homeless youth.

The food program helps youth learn healthy eating habits, develop positive relationships with peers and support staff, and build essential life skills to help them get back on their feet.

The cost of running a quality food program continues to increase and it is difficult to reliably secure fresh fruit, vegetables and other nutritious ingredients while keeping up with demand at four facilities.

With your help, we can continue to provide healthy, nourishing meals for youth.

How to participate

To take part in the tour and simulator on March 7, 2018, participants must be 19+ and commit to raising a minimum of $2,000. Participants who raise $5,000 will be invited to sleep out on the street after the tour and simulator to better understand what homeless youth face every night. Will you take on the challenge to support our youth?

Register via the links below or email anightinthelife@fsgv.ca if you have questions about the event or information on organizing a corporate team.

Can’t participate in the event but still want to support our food program? Your gift would be greatly appreciated. Every dollar makes a difference for our youth. Donate here.


Support Vancouver’s Most Vulnerable Youth

Directions Youth Services is a low barrier service. That means we work with street youth living with complex mental health issues and addictions. We helped more than 1,000 youth last year.

We begin by offering a warm, dry, safe place, a meal, a shower and a place to hang out. Youth build relationships with staff who help them take their best next steps: finding a home, getting off drugs, finding work or going back to school.

We make a difference for these youth every day. With your support, we can do much more.



Are you a registered charity?
Yes. Directions Youth Services is a division of Family Services of Greater Vancouver, charitable registration number #11891-3102-RR0001.

By signing up, what am I agreeing to do?

You are agreeing to spend the evening of Wednesday March 7, 2018 at Directions. You also agree to raise a minimum of $2,o00 from your networks for Directions Youth Services to support our food for youth program. (Don’t worry, you’ll get lots of fundraising support!)

What exactly will the night look like?

You’ll take a youth-led tour of downtown Vancouver to learn how they survive on the streets, test your luck at a homelessness survival simulator and eat dinner. Participants who raise $5,000 will be invited to sleep outside on the street, and have breakfast.

What do I need to bring?

If you are participating in the sleep out, bring your own sleeping bag and medications. There will be a secure location to store items like wallets, keys, purses and phones, but please avoid bringing anything that isn’t absolutely necessary.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable shoes, clothing and bring rain gear. We have a full evening planned so come ready to be active!

Does this event run rain or shine?

Yes. If it’s too cold or raining too hard, participants doing the sleep out can sleep in a covered parkade.

A night on the street? Will I be safe?

Yes. Directions staff will be staying awake and watching over participants while they sleep.

I’ve never fundraised before. What kind of support will I have?

No problem! We’ve compiled a number of fundraising resources including tips and social media graphics. When you register, you’ll also create a personal donations page to make it easy for your friends, family and coworkers to sponsor you (and get a tax receipt).

Can I accept cash or cheque donations?

Yes. Once you have registered, login to your A Night in the Life personal webpage. From your personal webpage, click on Record pledges, click Add pledge, and fill in your donor’s personal information name, address, email and donation amount. Click on record pledge to add another pledge.

Once you are finished all of your fundraising click on Close & Print Pledge Form. Attach your cash and cheques to the pledge form, then drop off or mail in your package to Family Services of Greater Vancouver office: 201 – 1638 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC V5N 1W1. You can also bring it with you on March 7 to the A Night in the Life event.

I’m interested, but I still have questions. Who can I talk to?

We’d love to answer your questions. Please email anightinthelife@fsgv.ca or call 604.633.1472 x 3552.


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