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


On March 7, 2018, experience life through the eyes of homeless youth. A Night in the Life fundraiser is an experiential event which debunks myths and challenges your perceptions about youth homelessness in Vancouver.

At A Night in the Life you will:

  • Take a youth-led tour of life on the streets
  • Test your luck in a homelessness survival simulator
  • Eat a typical meal in the day of a homeless youth
  • Experience what it’s like to sleep on the street

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

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

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, simulation, and sleep out on March 7, 2018, participants must be 19+ and commit to raising a minimum of $5,000. Spaces are limited to the top 20 fundraisers. 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.

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.

“I’m alive today thanks to a Directions’ staffer. He saw me in a back alley after his shift and stayed with me until I checked into detox 8 hours later.” Directions Youth


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, then spend the night sleeping on the street with other participants. You also agree to raise $5o00 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, eat dinner, sleep outside on the street, and have breakfast.

What do I need to bring?

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, we 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?

With your registration package, you’ll get a fundraising kit with fundraising tips, sample email and social media messages and a personal donations page. This page will be easy to share via social media and email and makes it simple for donors to make an online donation 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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