Please note: we will not be running a program in Vancouver in summer 2019, but please check back for 2020!
Vancouver is a city of 600,000 with an immensely diverse population and variety of services. Vancouver is consistently named as one of the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life, but has a drastic economic gap between wealthy neighbourhoods and extreme poverty downtown. GO works with many organizations doing great work supporting the various needs of each community.
Some programs we work with in Vancouver are;
First United: Inspired by the Christian Gospel which nurtures, empowers and liberates, First United Church is an inner-city ministry of The United Church of Canada. Call by the Spirit to be part of the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, this ministry affirms the worth of individuals, empowers communities, and works for social justice.
Committed at its heart to the struggle for social justice, First United is a place of welcome for people experiencing homelessness and poverty in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Offering programs of advocacy, housing, healing and hospitality, this community space supports and celebrates the inherent strengths of all people, of all walks of life.
Quest Food Exchange: Reduce Hunger with Dignity. Build Community. Foster Sustainability.
Quest partners with local wholesalers, supermarkets, and farmers who donate surplus food to Quest for use in their programs. Quest then assists individuals each month through partnerships with local social service agencies by providing their clients with access to our not-for-profit grocery markets and by delivering raw food materials to agencies for their own meal programs.
DTES Neighbourhood House:
The grassroots and secular Downtown East Side Neighbourhood House [DTES NH] is one of Vancouver’s newest Neighbourhood Houses. Volunteers, staff and Board members work to fortify the voice and ambitions of our neighbours by sustaining a Neighbourhood House in which DTES residents of all ages, genders and ancestries sculpt their future while honouring the four founding DTES communities – Indigenous, Japanese, Chinese and Low-Income.
Lookout Society: Solutions to Homelessness
Lookout Emergency Aid Society is a charitable organization and social safety net that provides housing and a range of support services to adults with low or no income who have few, if any, housing or support options. Because the people they serve have challenges meeting basic needs and goals, Lookout places minimal barriers between those individuals and the societies services.
Sharing Farm: We grow Food. We grow Farmers. We grow Community.
The Sharing Farm grows food to feed Richmond families in need. The Farm is run by community members for community members, and is dedicated to providing fresh, healthy, local produce to our less fortunate neighbours. The Sharing Farm operates on a small budget, but thanks to the generosity of our over 1,000 yearly volunteers and the devotion of a small core of part-time staff, The Farm is able to provide thousands of pounds of fruits and vegetables every year to community meals throughout the city and the Richmond Food Bank.
West Vancouver United Church
2062 Esquimalt Ave
West Vancouver, British Columbia