A Night in the Life

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Imagine spending 12 days on the street. What about 12 weeks? Or even 12 months?

Your 12-hour immersion into the lives of homeless youth will challenge you. It will be eye-opening and humbling.

Join us at A Night in the Life on April 4, 2019

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

Directions Youth Services needs your help to support over 1,000 of Vancouver’s most vulnerable, street-involved youth every year. As our clients face the crises of their lives, our programs are part of the solution—we offer safe, non-judgemental support that helps youth get back on their feet.

At A Night in the Life on April 4, you will:

  • Experience a youth-led Homelessness Survival Simulator at Directions Youth Services Centre
  • Get Naloxone training—a necessity as our city faces the opioid-poisoning crisis
  • Sleep out on Burrard Street with your sleeping bag and a piece of cardboard

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.

How do I sign up?

Enter your e-mail address at the top of this page to be notified as soon as registration opens for this year’s event.

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 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.

See photos from A Night in the Life 2018

Questions about A Night in the Life?

Please email anightinthelife@fsgv.ca or call 604.633.1472 x 3552.

Can’t make it to this year’s event but want to support Directions Youth Services? Your gift would be greatly appreciated. Every dollar makes a difference for our youth.

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