Sheldon Vance, former homeless man, donates thousands to Covenant House

11/27/2014 09:20 EST | Updated 01/27/2015 05:59 EST
Sheldon Vance lived on the streets of Vancouver for seven years and was addicted to crystal meth. Now he's married and works as a photographer in Kelowna.

When Covenant House Vancouver held a 'Sleep Out' to raise money for its programs to help street youth, he was its largest contributor.

He donated $25 thousand and crowd-sourced an additional $33 thousand.

"They saved my life and that's why I did it," he said to Stephen Quinn on the CBC Radio program On The Coast.

"Think about them as a person and not a stigma," he said when asked what people should do when they see a young person living on the street.

"It's a human being that is struggling to get through in life and not just an addict," he said.