A Night in the Life – April 4, 2019

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Thank you to everyone who participated in A Night in the Life on April 4, 2019

You can still donate your support to Vancouver’s homeless youth

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

Directions Youth Services supports over 1,000 of Vancouver’s most vulnerable, street-involved youth every year. We need your help so that we can offer them safe, non-judgmental support to get back on their feet.

Every year at A Night in the Life, individuals, as well as teams from businesses or community groups, participate to raise money that benefits Vancouver’s homeless youth and, ultimately, the community at large.

At A Night in the Life 2019, participants experienced first-hand the struggles of our city’s most vulnerable youth while raising funds for Directions Youth Services. They took part in a youth-led Cardboard Van City Homelessness Survival Simulator at Directions Youth Services Centre; received Naloxone training—a necessity as our city faces the opioid-poisoning crisis; and spent the night in their sleeping bags on the street and woke up to a hot breakfast prepared by Directions staff.

Interested in participating at the next A Night in the Life?

Enter your email address and we will contact you with more information.

“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 have never seen before. “
—Emily Parson, 2017 participant

About Directions Youth Services

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.

About last year’s A Night in the Life

View photos from last year’s A Night in the Life

On March 7, 2018, participants gathered at Directions Youth Services Centre to experience a night in the life of Vancouver youth facing homelessness. They ate dinner with youth and Directions staff, got a walking tour of Vancouver streets from youth, tested their luck in a homelessness simulator, and slept out on the streets overnight. All funds raised at the event went to the Directions food program, and funds raised equaled about 10,000 hot meals to feed Vancouver’s homeless youth.

In 2017, 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.

Questions? For more information, please contact us at 604-731-4951 x 5004 or anightinthelife@fsgv.ca


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