A Night in the Life

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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

A Night in the Life gives participants the opportunity to support Vancouver’s most vulnerable, street-involved youth while experiencing life on the streets through their eyes. Participants who raise funds for Directions Youth Services are invited to:

  • Take a youth-led tour of the streets
  • Test their luck in the homelessness survival simulator
  • Eat a typical meal in the day of a homeless youth
  • Sleep out on the street after the tour and simulator to better understand what homeless youth face every night.

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.

See photos from A Night in the Life 2018

How do I sign up?

Registration has closed for the March 7, 2018 event. Enter your email address below to be notified of the next A Night in the Life event.

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

A Night in the Life 2018 summary

This year, A Night in the Life participants raised funds equal to about 10,000 hot meals for the Directions food program that feeds Vancouver’s homeless youth!

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.

Didn’t get a chance to 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.



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

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! You will be provided with plenty of resources, including fundraising 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).

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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