The Powell Street Getaway (formerly the Living Room) Drop-in
Vancouver, British Columbia

The LivingRoom Drop In was opened in 1993 to provide a welcoming and safe hang-out for the local mentally ill. Located at 528 Powell Street, it is a large bright and safe space for people to come to.

The LivingRoom offers a variety of structured and unstructured programs to encourage participation of people, particularly those who are not already involved with the formal mental health system.

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Drop off Locations:
  • Powell St Getaway, 528 Powell St, Vancouver , The Drop In is open from 9am to 9pm 7 days a week. Please ask for a staff member and let them know it's for Christmas. Phone 604-255-7026 for more details. Please make sure to label your present with the Name and Assigned ID#. A description of the present should be kept separate from any personal notes or cards you wish to include with the present.

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I was first was homeless about 4 years ago. My house went into forclosure. Everything I worked for was gone.
My mother was hit the hardest. All her dreams of happiness, dignity, honor and trust. She gave up living and passed away. All this I blame on myself. I am the man of the house it's was my responsibility to take care of her and I can never forgive myself. Depression has set in, everyday is a struggle for me. Even waking up is hard to do.

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I'm originally from Fort Langley, BC. I don't even remember the first time I slept outside. My mom died when I was 3 and that had a big impact on my life.
I've worked in Construction most of my life, and have done sound production.
I'm happy when riding my bike but it got stolen after 12 years. If I had unlimited resources I would go to uiversity for a bunch of things.
Pray that I am able to stay clean sober.
In my opinion the hardest part of life is accepting this world we live in, with slavery, materialism and hate culture.
I would be interested in helping the public to understand what really goes on down here (Vancouver DTES) The system in contigent on a precarious imbalance. People view us as "deadbeats' "druggies" etc. We are people who have had messed up lives and now have no support. We are trying ot reintegrate into a screwed up system A lot of us really know how screwed up it is.
The tell the people that giving us affordable housing has not reduced our drug use but they son't say that the organisations that run these places hand out drug paraphanalia such as needles and crack pipes at the taxpayers expense and tell us it's Harm Reduction when it's really enabling. AA and recovery programs preach a curiculum of self defeatism. "I was powerless in my addiction" I had no friends in my addiction, once an addict always an addict. This self defeatist phylosophy is taught to keep us down. Quite an industry has evolved from despair, The government gives us Methadose and Santions it as medical. It is poison and the act of precribing it is evil. then doctors make money off every scrip they sign.
If the abolish homelessness a lot of people would be out of work. Jobs that should not exist and would not if we take care of our own.

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It is very difficult for me to fill out these questions about my life.

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I am not able to share my story.

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I was born in Canada. I was 45 years old the first time I was homeless. My biggest difficulty in life is my ex. I'm happiest when I'm playing guitar.
I have 55 songs that I have created. I want to lay down my songs in a professional studio. to Sell them internationally. Tour and then start a buffalo/wild game/ cattle ranch @ Paradise Valley. There would be a restaurant and a wild meat shop and free meat for people.

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I was born in Alberta. I'm a jack of all trades and I love being a florist.
I'm happy when I'm around positive energy.

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It was so cold the first time I slept out.

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I was born in Canada, I am canadian.
I have been homeless for years.

I'm originally from Quebec.
I was 56 years old the first time I slept out. I was hanging out with a bad friend.

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I am originally from Toronto, Ontario.
I have done demolition and construction jobs but what I'm really interested in would be working in fashion and clothing.
If I had unlimited resources I would open a plaza for creative minds, musical talent and the community a safe place to go away from hipsters, drug users and straight up drama starters. The only drugs allowed is those sold in stores (Including weed) Somewhere to express arts and inspiring talents such as surfing and skateboarding, screen printing and singing. It would be sponsored by other artists trying to get their self heard or noticed

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I was born in St Bombrie Manitoba. When I was first homeless I didn't want to go into an SRO. The harm reduction program made a lot of people disrespectful, the attitudes became worse - out of control, noisy, dirty and the SRO was damaged by a lot of people who felt used up daily.
I've worked in Quality Control inspection, concrete finishing, and as a warehouse manager.
The loss of my 15 year old daughter in 2001 just messed me up in unimaginable ways.
I feel happy when I am with my companion Catherine, our pets make me happy, and knowing that we aren't like most people who do drugs daily.
If I could have anything I would have a nice clean, quiet home with a big back yard to plant a nice garden and flowers.
Pray that I can find a good part time job and become stronger mentally.

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I was born in Brockville Ontario.
It was horrible being homeless the first time, it ruined my life, I was 31 years old.
I've done all kinds of work, bartending, anything with good pay.
My mental illness and childhood trauma have caused me the most difficulties in life. When my mother tries to commit suicide it was hard, and right now, today life is so hard.
Friends and family make me happy, helping others and music also bring me joy.
If I could have anything and do anything I'd give back to the community, help the poor.
Pray for my sanity and survival.
I'd like to reconnect with my Mother Judy, my sister Jodi, and my younger brother Zach in Ontario.

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I'm originally from winnipeg. I first became homeless when I was 16 years old.
I really liked working as a motorcycle painter.
The hardest part of my life was losng my mother.
Pray that I find housing.
I'd like to reconeect with Margaret but I don't know where to begin.

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I'm fom Vancouver. It was so very cold teh first time I slept out.
I've always done General Labour type work.
My troubles in life are from drugs and alcohol addiction.
I like to go and watch movies.
Pray that I can get rid of my addiction.
I'd like to reconnect with my Auntie Cindy in Manitoba.

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I'm originally from Ontario, It was not good the first time I slept out. I had bad housing and I was only 22years old.
My favorite job was as a fireworks technician.
My difficulties in life come from my relationships with people. I'm hard of hearing and relationships are hard.
Talk to good friends makes me happy.
If I were rich I would give money to the poor.
Pray to keep the peace.
I miss my son who died.

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It was cold and damp the first time I slept out. there was no real shelter.
I have worked almost extensively in the oilfield hazmat industry as a vacumm truck operator and disposal specialist.
My will to succeed a step above the garbage that happens in the city as well as a good core group of supportive people have made my life better.
I feel most happy when I try to make somone elses day. Everytime I can put a smile on their face my sense of happiness is there.
If I had unlimited resources I would set up a funding agency to address the housing in the DTES. As well I would open 200 more detox beds in the GVRD so that more people could have the chance to get out.
Please pray for my health and for peace in my life.
I would really love to contact my daughter in Winipeg but resources are tight.

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I'm originally from what I call the Ghetto of Montreal, Quebec.

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I'm originally from Alberta. It was scary and I couldn't find housing or anywhere to go the first time I slept out.
I was a carpenter. the hardest art of my life is keeping sober.
Healthy living and keeping busy makes me happy, and my relationship is going well.
If I could have anything I'd magically buy a house.
Pray that I am happy, healthy, wealthy, stable and have security.

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I am originally from Toronto, Ontario.

I am a journeyman carpenter, plumber, and electrician. I like to work with my hands.

Despite my 3 hospital stays, asthma, and my difficult situation, i am positive that life will turn out well.

If i had unlimited resources I would coach hockey and work with habitat for humanity. I value volunteer work, and I would like to go back to that once i have my life back on track.

I am currently at a 3 in my happiness level. I am grateful for what i have but it is hard to ignore the hard situation that life has dealt me. I am hopeful it will all turn around.

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I am originall from Edmonton.

I have had a life that has been repeatedly affected by multiple barriers. When i was younger I was attacked by drug dealers, and this resulted in the loss of my accomodations. Eventually i left for film school, a passion of mine, but my family disagreed with my life choice and kicked me out. I pursued the arts, but my parents wanted me to go in a different direction. As a result, i am estranged from my family. Student loans left me broke following school.

My biggest regret is the inability to see my daughter. She is 10 years old and due to my lack of funds and situation i am unable to see her and raise her.

Thank you for thinking of my application

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I am originally from Toronto, Ontario and am Metis, Canadian.

Living outside has been very hard on me. It nearly killed me multiple times and couple that with the fear and frustration of the street, it can be overwhelming.

Depression, cheating, stealing from me, and a broken heart have been the result of my situation.

If i had unlimited funds i would live with my family, including my grandchildren.

Thank you for considering my application.

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I am originally from Kingston, Ontario.

I am diabetic and as a result of the symptoms it has prevented me from being able to work.

Thank you for everything!

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Michael is a key member of the former Living Room Drop In. He volunteers regularly and comes in all the time as he has for years.
He loves to tell bad jokes and make people laugh.
He's a nice guy and good to have around.

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I am originally from Argentina. I was an occupational therapist. I would like to be a mental health worker. I have been having kidney problems for a long time, which is the biggest difficulty in my life. Helping others makes me feel happy. If I had unlimited resources I would like to share them.
I would ask people to pray for peace, understanding and that we all get along.

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  • Women's Tights (XL)

I'm originally from Newfoundland. I first slept out because I had lost my job and was out of money. I was a chef for twenty years and I would like to be back in any kitchen, anywhere.
A lack of a stable family life is what has most contributed to my difficulties.
Making the people I love happy is what makes me most happy. If I had unlimited resources I would open my own restaurant.
I pray for happiness and health.

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I am originally from Alberta. I was really young the first time I slept out. It was unpleasantly cold. I'd be willing to try any kind of work. I think I'd like doing hair or nails.
The hardest part of my life is worrying about people worse off than me. My friends, cousins, and family make me happy.
I would like others to pray for good health and to respect each other.

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  • Warm Shoes (Women's Size 6)

I am originally from Montreal. I first slept out because I was dumped.
I have work in printing, but I'd lose my job all the time. The biggest difficulty for me right now is cooking and buying food.
It makes me happy when someone says hi to me. If I had unlimited resources I would work (professionally). I would want others to pray that I am a nice guy.

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I am originally from Takla Landing BC  – two hours north of Fort St. James.

The first time I slept out it was the most space and privacy I ever got. I was a cook for many years. I became homeless when the landlord raised the rent and I couldn't afford it alone.
The things that make me happy are being clean, being included, and being shown that I'm cared for. If I had unlimited resources I would want a permanent home.
I would like if others pray for me - I always pray too.

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I am originally from Nova Scotia. The first time I slept out was because my landlord treated me badly and I had to leave. It was really uncomfortable. I was 48 years old.
I was a technician and would like to do customer service now.
I fell from a building and was badly injured. The accident is the thing that has most contributed to my circumstances now.
My friends and other people make me feel happy. I would like it if others prayed about good health for me.

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I am originally from Langley BC. The first time I slept out was scary.
I used to work in security. I have mental health problems that have contributed to my difficulties.
My hobbies make me happy, and if I had unlimited resources I would settle down and have kids. I would like for others to pray about better health.

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I am originally from Ontario. The first time I slept out, all was A-OK. I was 57.
From the age of 16-40 I was employed in the retail/sales industry. From 40-57 I was a long haul trucker. By choice, I have remained unemployed since August of 2015.
Depression is both what led to my difficulties and is the hardest part of my life.
I am happy when I am surrounded with new people with unique lives. If I had unlimited resources I would get into the camping industry - such as running a K.O.A. campground.
I would like others to pray for inner strength.

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I moved to Vancouver from Calgary in 1985.
After raising three sons in BC, one, Ryan died of Cancer in 2003, Age 12. I went from being a single father with a girlfriend, then, single again.
I became homeless after I left a hotel on October 30th, 2014. Living in the hotel ruined my life. It was infested beyond imagination. I wasn't able to cook and no guests were allowed. It was 19 months of hell. I started drinking in order to cope.
After that, I've lived outside for 22 months - a few times at shelters.
Homeless means you cannot plan, can't keep appointments, poor diet, and depression.
Health and God are number one!

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I am from BC. I have worked in fishing and with plants.
I have depression and learning disabilities but I am working part time.
I would like to volunteer with people who have developmental challenges. I would like for others to pray about my health and depression.

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I am from Thunder Bay, Ontario originally. I first started sleeping out because I'd lost my job due to severe depression. It was scary the first time.
I have worked as a cook, bartender, and in construction. Cooking was my favourite.
My childhood was horrible due to emotional, and physical abuse. The hardest part about my life was when I quit drinking and doing drugs and all the painful memories came back.
If I had unlimited resources I would help others who are in the same situation. I would like for others to pray for my health and my recovery.

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I am from Israel. I came to Vancouver in 1965.

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I have lived in Montreal, Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba, BC and Mexico. I got divorced in 2010 and have been in depression and addiction trying to cope with everything I've lost.
I was a welder until I lost my profession. Today I am looking for work, something I like to do. I go to temp agencies and I really want to work perhaps at a shipyard, but I can't get hired.
I would like a fresh start at a good company. Pray that I get a job in my trade and that I find my way back to Jesus. Most of all I don't want to be alone anymore. I would like to be reconnected with Natalie Desmeulles I knew her when I lived in Montreal.

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I'm originally from Cuba, It was confusing the first time I became homeless, I was 50 years old and for economic reasons I had no where to sleep.
I've worked in construction and food services. The hardest part of my life is that I lack support. I have no where to turn when things get bad. I am happy when I remeber I am not alone, that God is with me.
If I could do anything I would get back to work. and I pray that I get the means to be able to help others.
I miss my Mother who is in El Salvadore.

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I'm originally from Toronto Ontario. I first became homeless when I lost my place and had no where to go but the streets. I was 37 years old.
I've never had a chance to work because I have a disability. The hardest part of my life was being abosed by my family members and then by street people.
I feel happy when I am with good friends. I would ike people to pray for people to get along.

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I am originally from Ottawa (the capital of Canada). I first slept outside when I was 16 and had run away from my foster home. It was the middle of winter.
I loved working in woodshops!
The thing that has most contributed to my difficulties was that when I was young I used to go to a summer camp run by a priest...I don't need to tell you more. Every day I dream about that stuff. But, I have a playstation 2 and when I play the game I forget about what happened. It's weird, but I'll take it.
If I had unlimited resources I would build a house in the woods and live off the land.
Please pray for my grandmother Laurence C. in Gatineau.

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I was originally born in Montreal. At 52 years old I lost everything. I have been affected by bed bugs and the car society took my truck for a ticket. I was working with my truck.
I have been spary painting for 35 years. I cannot anymore because of my injury from a car accident.
The car accident contributed to the loss of my job and a depression.
I am happy to have a place to stay in Vancouver, I was in a shelter for six months searching for a plae I could afford.
If I had unlimited reasources I would try to help people to get a place to stay where they are comfortable, with no bugs.
Pray that I stay healthy

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I'm form Val Dor Quebec. Winter had just started the first time I was homeless, I was 14 in calgary and I was a runaway.
I was a prostitute and a drug lord, but now I moved on to Animal training.
My Dad not being in my life has really contributed to my difficulties. Along with Abuse make my life hard.
Not much makes me happy.
If I had unlimited resources I would conserve the earth and make it a better place.
Pry that I find peace and perseverance.

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I'm originally from the Congo.
I'm an elderly man awaiting housing.

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Alain is a unicorn of sorts being he is a franco-columbian who was actually born here.
At present he is struggling with many barriers and physical disabilities.

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I wont go anywhere without my dog

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I was originally from Toronto, I lost my apartment, and had no where else to go the first time I was homeless. I have spinal cord damage, rheumatoid arthritis which causes me a lot of mobility issues. am homeless and have been for one year now. I don't have a mobility chair and living in a shelter is not stable housing. I can't get a power chair until have stable housing. I have no boots, coat or warm clothes and it's so cold.
I have been in and out of hospital due to mental health and I have had my cell phone stolen 5 times. I'm vulnerable due to mobility and have no hair product and it saddens me . Everything I on is gone all clothing stolen. I would love to go back to school and become a counsellor and work in a hospital.

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I was born in Vancouver, Canada. When I was 16 years old I started to sleep outside. My parents were fighting everyday my father beat me and kicked everybody out of our home.
I was a production line worker, waitress and an accountant. I am an emerging artist now I paint nature animals. I love art.
The hardest part in all my life is no family. I don't have parents, brothers, sisters, husband or children, I'm alone all the time.
I like bible study. There is a lot of intelligence in the bible. Church has been a safe place for me. I love dogs and flowers and nature. I'm very happy when I finish a beautiful painting.
If I had unlimited resources I would find a clean quiet and peaceful place to relax close to nature.
I would like good health, peace and safety.

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  • Gift card for Art supplies

I am from Montreal Quebec.
It was scary to be homeless at 49 years old due to an eviction.
I worked in the financial industry . I liked helping other and involving my self in the local community. I now help others in the downtown east side. I'm happy when I can help others through organisations like Lookout.
My biggest difficulty in life is my health and adjusting to poverty is so hard.
If I had unlimited resources I would give back to the community.
I would rather have prayers for those less fortunate help with their struggles (addiction, mental illness, loneliness.
I'd like to reconnect with my mother in Montreal.

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I am from Magog, Quesbec. If I had unlimited resouces I would rent a nice room not an SRO!
Pray that I stay drug free "Clean for 10 months now!!"

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I'm originally from Oshawa Ontario. It was cool and wet the first time I slept outside.
I've done work in painting, shipping and recieveing, construction, building management, handyman, mover, etc. but now I have a physical disability, with my back, heart and lungs.
My difficulties came from Work, and partying, and also not having any family.
If I could have anything I would settle down in a cottage in the interior out of town.
Pray for health and life improvement.

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I'm from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
I don't remember the circumstances exactly the first time I slept out. I spent most nights walking I was too scared to stop. I had far to many nights like that I would collapse sometimes even falling and hurting myslef from shear exhaustion.
I have had all sorts of jobs. I was almost considered sucessful for a short time. but the fates never allowed me to maintain any stability. My favorite and most recent work was at a homeless shelter for vulnerable at risk women. Being on the other side of the table now has been incredibly humbling my pride kept me away from shelters for a long time. I still feel guilt for accessing resources for homeless. I'm not sure why.
Drugs for one have caused a lot of difficulties for me. I also have led a gypsy life. Never in one spot for more than 2 years my whole life. My family always moving for my father to work. My mother having boyfriends and lying about them. I also have lost too many people. My boyfriend and best friend passed away. A series of unfortunate events really.
I'm not sure what happy is right now. I know when I'm sad, but I don't know if I have ever been really happy. I really want my daughter back.
If I had unlimited resources I would help people open a shelter that isn't a shelter.
Pray that I can be happy.

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I'm originally from Dunville, Ontario. It was scary the firt time I slept out. My step father molested my two sisters I was 13 year old.
I've been working in hospitality, magic, first aid, DJ, Peer outreach and construction, Peer outreach, magician and hospitality were the most enjoyable. Would like to pursue a job cooking.
Drug use from the age of 17 to 42 was my biggest downfall, also being sexually molested didn't help. Hardest past was my mother did not believe it at first.
I am happiest while performing and bringing joy and smiles to others. Volunteering at Living Room is keeping me on "the straight and narrow..."
If I could have anything I would help people less fortunate than I have been for most of my life.
Pray for my state of mental health.
I have not seen my family for about 26 years. Although I have just started to reach out to them. I just can't afford to go back to Welland Ontario.

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  • Jeans slim cut, 30W 34 inseam in black mens

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  • E-juice (liquid nicotene) 6 mg 12 mg

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  • Gift card for food - I like to try new types of food.

I'm originally from Toronto, Ontario. I became homeless when I got burnt out of my place.
I've been an Art instructor. My biggest difficulties in life come from my back pain.
If I had unlimite resources I would travel and paint pictures.
Pray that I get a new home.

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I'm from St. Kitts in Ontario. I was 8 the first time I slept out.
I've been a musician and a guitar player.
My biggest difficulties in life come from using drugs to kill my pain.
Things that make me happy are: kids puppies, music, busking.
If I had unlimite resources I would visit my kids first.
Pray for Strength and no more fear.
I'd like to reconnect iwth Jennifer in Toronto.
Thank you ahead of time for your generous gift. I'll have something I love, music and guitar strings.

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I'm originally from the Fiji Islands.
The hardest part of life was going thraugh a divorce, having a miscarriage, being suicidal and then becoming homeless. all within 1 months time. Being a single mother for 14 years is also hard.

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I am from Burnaby BC. I speak English and Hindi.

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I'm originally from Quebec. The first time I slept out I was 39 years old. I was in a nice place but the new owner had to renovate and I couldn't find a place where they accepted pats in time. I found refuge in my old van. It wasn't that bad because I was with my dogs.
I have many different kinds of job skills. I've worked in warehouse, restaurantas dishwasher, soap factory, cabinet maker, roffing, landscaping, printing company. I enjoyed cabinet making the most.
Bad friends get me in trouble. So I move from my hometown to Vancouver. I lose everything I had accumulated. The hardest thing that I left behind is my family.
I feel happy when I put a smile on somebody's face.
If I could do anything I would provide shelter and meals to homless people.
Pray that I find a place to live where they allow dogs.

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I came to Canada from Hong Kong in 1976. I worked as a receptionist. My biggest difficulty is that I don't have a high paying job.
I need a root canal and crown for my teeth.

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  • Big white backpack or biggest white suitcase with 4 wheels

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  • underwear womens large white, or thick socks

  • an adult tricycle (low seat, high handle bars, light colored, three wheel woman's bicycle with a basket in the front.

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  • White cotton blanket

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I'm originally from Winnipeg. At age 30 I lost my baby and started doing drugs.
I like to volunteer at the shelters and answer the phones.
it's most difficult to find housing.
I'm happy when I volunteer at the living room.
If I could have or do anything I would want to live with my kids again.
Pray for Strength and guidance.
I'd like to reconnect with Alex in Tennessee

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I don't really know what to say. I'm very private.

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I'm originally from Quebec. I was evicted when I was 57 and had no where to go.
I've worked as a health food consultant.
Depression has contributed most to my dificulties in life.
Nature and Serice makes me feel happy.
If I could do anything I would learn diversity in arts.
Pray that I stay clean and sober.
I'd like to reconnect iwth Martin in Vancouver.

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I'm originally from Prince Rupert BC.
It was scary the first time I was homeless there was no where to stay.
I've work as a receptionist, teller, customer service agent.
The hardest thing in life is keeping sober.
I'm happy when I'm busy and healthy. My relationship is going well.
If I had unlimited resources I would buy a house.
Pray for happiness, health, wealth, stability and security.

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I am originally from Surrey, Vancouver,

life has been difficult for me as a woman on the street. It has been terrifying and i have found little options to get out of this life. I have experienced discrimination, prostitution, and the loss of my daughter who lives in Calgary.

It has been a tough few years.

Thanks for considering my applciation!

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I am from Ontario and moved here to escape an abusive boyfriend.

My first time sleeping on the street was when i was but 10 years old.

I have a diploma in business administration.

I feel like i have lost everything and if i had unlimited funds i think i would be able to help women and men just like me. I want to give back to this community that has helped me.

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I am originally from Hamilton, Ontario.

The greatest barrier in my life has been my addiction issues and living on the street was for lack of better term "crazy". I spend my time talking to friends and working to get my life back together.

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I am originally from Seattle, Washington, USA and am Aboriginal.

I come from a construction background and have also worked in shipping and receiving.

If money was not a problem i would have loved to be a stay at home dad. I never see my children and i think that raising the next generation is extremely important.

I would also like to reconnect with my family, including my father and sister.

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I am from Vancouver, BC.

I have worked as a retail cashier selling clothing. I enjoy music and have done that on the side.

I have a blood condition, resulting in a chemical imbalance that has made my life extremely difficult. If you could pray for me to no longer undergo this condition, bless you.

Singing and music makes me happy.

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I have been homeless for 5 months and have been working with the wodnerful staff at the Getaway Drop in.

I appreciate everything that you can give to myself and everyone else

Bless you!

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I am originally from Spokane, Washington, and then moved to Kelowna.

My ego, and my abusive parents have contributed to my homeless situation.

I want to leave this earth knowing that i can make a difference.

Anything helps!

Bless you

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I am originally from Nova Scotia, and left home at the young age of 15. I have worked as a care aid in hospitals and i like helping people. I am currently working with Mission Possible.

Loneliness is extremely challenging for me and times are difficult during the holidays.

If i had unlimited funds i would like to go back to school to study more and raise funds for Covenant House, which has been a key part of my return to life process.

Thank you for your contribution!

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I am from Nanaimo, BC.
I have been a daycare worker, a janitor, and a cook. I do anything i can to get by. My goal is to find appropriate housing for my needs.
Despite my poor situation i am grateful for my health family and my boyfriend.

Thanks for your consideration!

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I am from Montreal, Quebec. The first time I slept out was when I had just moved to BC. I was 38 and it was very scary.
I have worked in shipping, operating a forklift, and machinery (the best one).
The hardest part of my life is that I am bipolar. It is also the biggest reason for my difficulties.
The sun in the morning makes me feel most happy. If I had unlimited resources I would go fishing. I pray about being healthy.

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  • Gift Certificate for Nesters or Safeway

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I am from Wales originally.
I've been sleeping out for the last four years. Before that I was a pipe welder -fitter, mechanic, and engineer.
The thing that makes me happy was that I raised 4 beautiful children and that my kids are doing well.
If I had unlimited resources I would settle into a home and have stability, and find a good job so that I could pay for my kids to visit me.
If I could reconnect with anyone it would be my mom and dad in heaven. I would want others to pray for happiness. I wish I could see my kids grow up a bit more - but I never give up hope.
Other than seeing all the drugs on the street, I'm pretty happy.
I wish I could see my kids for Christmas.

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I am originally from Ontario. The first time I slept out I was 50 years old and had broken up with my wife. It was scary.
I was a chef and roofer. I liked painting and cooking.
Drugs and alcohol are the things that have contributed most to my difficulties. My marriage is the hardest part of my life.
Being loved makes me feel happy. So does making people happy – I like people.
If I had unlimited resources I would help lots of people and animals.
I would like others to pray about health for me.

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I am originally from Kamloops BC. The first time I slept outside I was 7 years old it was in a park. I was being abused.
I've worked in a lot of physical job, logging, roofing, campground maintenance, but I've also done webpage design.
If I had unlimited resources I would set up a place for the homeless and desolate to live in mini villages with the support of the community, having all levels of support in every aspect of living: health, housing, employment, etc. We can all make Living Life Better. I would then retire on a barge with a log cabin and garden.
The hardest part of life is dealing with the past, the abuse I suffered on all levels. I feel happy when I am creating through art and music. Pray that I can stop my self abuse and that I gain a stronger bond with God.

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  • backpack

  • Art supplies

The first time I was homeless I was only 7 years old, but it was a good thing becuase I didn't get abused by my father.
The most difficult part of life was during the times I got abused. mentally, physically and sexually. the moments during and several hours after impact my life.
I love lisenting to music, coloring, writing rhymes. "I travel alone most, By the feet I step"
If I had unlimited resources I was look for ways to assist my body to heal better. I ask for prayer to let people accept me for who I am. I hope to reconnect with my Son who is now 19 years old.

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I am originally from Fort St James, BC. I rememer it was so cold the first time I slept outside.
I have worked at almost everything, doing al kinds of jobs, whatever I could get. Life is very difficult being on the streets. I am hppy just to be alive.
I would like prayers for my health.

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I am originally from Quebec. I became homeless after a violent break and enter. I was hit in the head during the robbery and now have a brain injury.
I love animals. I have trouble with balance so would like an exercise ball for Christmas so that I can work on balancing.

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  • Exercise Ball (55cm)

  • Warm Winter Coat (Women's Small)

I am originally from Surrey, BC.
I am a landscaper by trade but I've done all kids of jobs – bodywork, construction, paving, moving.
The hardest thing is not having my daughter in my life. She was placed into care from birth and I have not seen her for five years.
What makes me happy is seeing people helping each other and not stealing from each other.
I would like for others to pray that my daughter, Ashley M. comes back to me.

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I feel happy having a home and the homemaking thing we do to make it a home. I like having a few friends over for dinner and BBQ's, week ends and for ball games. As you can tell I used to like to entertain and feed others at home, that alwasy made me happy.
In my spare time I really enjoy doing crafts and hobbies a lot.

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I'm from Vancouver. I first time I slept out it was a wake-up call. I was once told by my brother and sister if I was ready and felt like I wanted to clean up/detox, that they would do anything to help. But when I called to ask for them to pick me up cause I've hit rock bottom... well after hanging up I cried myself to sleep on the bench in that little park before the bridge at the end of main street.
I find it hard being me and Living with myself.
If I had unlimited resources maybe I would write a book/novel.

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I was born in Vancouver. I was in my mid 20's and had to sleep in a park in Chilliwack, I felt so afraid scared and unsure.
I've worked in social work, reception, housekeeping and waitressing. I'd like to be a youth worker one day.
Addiction to Alcohol and drugs has contributed most to my difficulties. The hardest part of life is not being able to see my own kids.
If I had unlimited resources, I would like to be a grandma and settle down and get married.
Pray that I get a job and build strong family connections.

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I am from the foothills of Alberta. I ran away from home and slept in a park for 3 days on a bench I was only 8 years old.
I can't work because I have Lyme Disease, I got it in my 20s.
Christmas time is really difficult. having low income makes celebrating the season difficult especially providing for family and getting food.
I'm happy when i see other happy people. It give me hope.
If I had unlimited resources I would do more Arts and Crafts.
Pray that I get a good home for myself and my dog.

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  • gift card for food (turkey and trimmings

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  • Ankle socks size 11 womens

  • underwear 3 x briefs

Gabriel is originally from Gaspe.
Gabriel is an elderly man waiting for adequate senior housing.

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  • pants

  • Jacket with a Zipper

I was born in Quebec City Quebec.
It was not so bad the first time I slept out, it was "summer with friends."

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If I had unlimited resources I would like to read. I also like people. but getting through everyday is hard for me.

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I am from the Vancouver area. I have been homeless for nearly 6 months

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I'm orginally from Calgary Alberta. It was cold and wet the first time I was homeless, I was 68 years old.
I worked for 35 years in woodwards department store.
My difficulties in life are from the loss of my family. they are all deceased.
Friends a good sleep and God makes me happy.
If I could have anything I would help others.
Pray for my health.

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I am from Vancouver, it was cold and lonely sleeping out.
I was a chef, restaurant owner, and a businessman, I lost everything from frequenting casinos, very bad for my cash flow.
If I could do anything I would help others.
Pray for the wellbeing of those using to be safe and not OverDose.
I'd like to reconnect with my brother KIP in Surrey.

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  • Socks, or Hat or underwear mens 38

  • warm winter coat Large Mens

  • Seniors bus pass

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I am originally from Prince George, BC and I work construction. I am a hard worker who is trying to get back on track.

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I am from Winnepeg, Manitoba.

I was 30 and lost my children and housing and I am just now getting my life back together.

I spend my days at the living room volunteering with the shelter and i enjoy working, despite my older age. I would like to work full time but i see how hard it would be for me to get hired.

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I was born in Prince George BC, but raised in St John New Brunswick and then Cilliwack. The first time I was homeless it was like camping becuase I was so young.
I have worked in Construction, woodworking, millwork, lumber grader, and I would like to work in construction of new buidings and houses. The biggest impact on my life was that I did prison time when I was younger. I was stupid when I was younger. I had a hard family life and I ended up leaving my home when I was 13 years old due to my father abusing me and and beating me all the time. So that was the start of my life's downfall.
I'm happy when I am helping people that are less fortunate than myself, right now I am doing shift work at the Living room and that makes me Happy. If I had unlimite resources I would get a good home and a good job.
I would like others to pray that I stay healthy and not get sick, and have a good life.

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I am from Montreal Quebec. I chose to come to BC to study english.
I am happy when I pray with my dog.

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  • Blanket

  • socks

  • dog food or a toy for my dog

I was born in the Philippines. The first time I slept out I was 5 years old.
I've worked at Telus before.
I like to donate it makes me happy.

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  • gift card for noodles

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  • Tap shoes size 8.5 womens

  • pants size Large, in pink

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  • Warm winter jacket Large womens

  • socks and underwear womens large, hats, gloves, scarf

I was born in Nuneaton Warickshire, U.K
The first time I was homeless I was in West Vancouver.
I have my welding technician and have work in manufacturing
My biggest difficulty is mobility.
I'm happy that my life is getting a little better everyday
If I could do anything I'd move to Seattle.

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  • Anything sweet

  • hoodie xl mens

  • telus phone card

  • warm foot wear mens size 11

  • socks, hat, gloves, scarf, blanket.

  • backpack