Central City Foundation has gifted over $3 million

Grant Recipients

Since 1994, the Foundation has gifted over $3 million to programs that endeavor to better the lives of men, women and children in Vancouver’s downtown eastside and inner city.

Central City Foundation is pleased to support the following organizations. Want to see your name here? Find out how to apply for a grant.

2016 Grants

BC Women’s Hospital & Health CentreCollingwood Neighbourhood House SocietyThe Dugout Drop In CentreDowntown Eastside Women’s CentreLu’ma Native Housing SocietyPACE SocietyPacific Community Resources SocietyReel Youth (Tides Canada Initiatives Society)3H Craftworks SocietyBattered Women’s Support ServicesKidsafe Project SocietyDowntown Eastside Neighbourhood HouseChrysalis Society

BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre

$26,870 for Indigenous Women’s Health Program

The Indigenous Women’s Health Program at BC Women’s Hospital works to ensure that Indigenous women, girls and their families receive optimal health care, advocacy and support by providing appropriate culturally safe health services and empowering Aboriginal women to improve their health. This grant will support the creation of an Indigenous Outdoor Sacred Space, which will provide Aboriginal women and their families the opportunity to participate in traditional methods of healing while they are receiving care at BC Women’s. This project will transform a gazebo into a welcoming space of healing that publicly respects and celebrates First Nation’s culture. A West Coast First Nations artist will be commissioned to create two totem poles and six cedar panels to tell a story of rebirth and strength, centered on Aboriginal women and their children.

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Collingwood Neighbourhood House Society

$6,024.90 for kitchen renovations

Collingwood Neighbourhood House offers a wide range of services, programs and initiatives to thousands of local residents each year. This includes childcare, a First Nations parenting circle, a weekly all-nations dinner, seniors, family and youth programs and services, a breakfast-shower and outreach program for those who are at risk of homelessness, individualized settlement support for immigrants and refugees of all ages and a food security institute. Collingwood is a neighbourhood where more than 70% of the residents do not speak English as their first language and face many barriers and vulnerabilities related to poverty. The grant from Central City Foundation donors will update their kitchen, where cupboards are in much need of repair after 21 years of heavy use. With improved storage space created by new cupboards, program leaders will spend less time moving tools and supplies around and will spend more time working directly with their most vulnerable participants.

Collingwood Neighbourhood House

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Collingwood Neighbourhood House Society

The Dugout Drop In Centre

$30,000 for operational funding

The Dugout is a community drop-in centre that Central City Foundation helped establish in 1967 and that continues to assist people in the Downtown Eastside. It provides a crucial place to break the isolation for many marginalized people in the community. The Dugout is the only soup kitchen serving breakfast seven days a week. Outreach, advocacy, basic one-to-one counselling and a daily AA program (a daily meeting in continuous operation since April 1, 1968) are all offered through the Dugout. Together with the City of Vancouver, Central City Foundation provides the operational funding for this organization and its programs. Volunteers and an onsite manager keep the Dugout open every day. Approximately 600-700 people, many residents of local single room hotels and shelters, receive support, food, friendship and relief from their isolation at the Dugout each day and it remains a critical community resource. Their programs can only continue to run with the support of Central City Foundation donors.

Central City Foundation supports the Dugout Dropin centre

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Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre

$10,000 matching grant for washroom renovations

The mission of the DEWC is to provide a safe, non-judgemental, low-barrier environment for women who live and/or work in the inner city. Access to safe, clean and accessible toilets and showers are a vital need for the vulnerable population of women, children and seniors who frequent the DEWC drop-in centre. On average 350 women and children access services daily including a large population of elders and women with physical and mobility challenges. This grant will help provide improved accessibility of the centre’s toilets for women who rely on wheelchairs, mobility scooters and walkers by creating a third accessible toilet stall. Funds will also be used to repair one shower stall and resurface toilet cubicles and shower stalls with a waterproof and washable surface to improve the cleanliness and safety of the facilities.

Central City Foundation donors support the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre

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Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre

Lu’ma Native Housing Society

$6,300 for Lu’ma Medical Centre

Lu’ma Medical Centre’s goal is to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal individuals and families living in Vancouver. The centre will be an innovative, holistic, culturally safe primary health care facility which will connect Aboriginal individuals and families to a family doctor and culturally appropriate health and wellness services. Traditional Healers and Life Counsellors will also provide services to strengthen health and cultural networks. On site health education will be provided by Aboriginal facilitators to help participants effectively manage chronic health conditions as well as provide pregnancy, infant and toddler care support. The grant from CCF donors will be used to purchase furnishings for the Medical Centre’s reception area, including computer equipment and furnishings, as well as traditional wooden benches commonly used in longhouses in the northwest.

Central City Foundation donors support Lu’ma Native Housing Society

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PACE Society

$16,000 for Downtown Eastside Sex Workers Clinic

PACE Society is a peer-driven non-profit that has been providing frontline support to sex workers under a harm reduction model for the past 22 years. Support services include one-to-one counselling, case coordination, peer outreach services, drop-in services and a newly launched peer health navigator program. Their 400 members are disproportionately impacted by poverty and homelessness and encounter multiple social and structural barriers to accessing traditional service providers, underscoring the urgent need for their services. The grant from CCF donors will be used to adapt an existing space within their facility into a low-barrier clinical space for sex workers in the Downtown Eastside, allowing them to expand their services to directly provide preventative and primary care. PACE could then leverage their relationships with community partners across the health care system to enable sex workers to access care in a supportive environment and, thereby reduce health inequities.

Central City Foundation donors support the PACE society

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PACE Society

Pacific Community Resources Society

$9,000 for DEWY renovation

PCRS provides a range of services for youth, adults and families including education programs, employment, housing and addiction counselling and prevention programs.The grant from CCF donors will enable PCRS to renovate office space in their Coquitlam office for their DEWY (Day, Evening, Weekend for Youth) program that serves youth challenged with addictions. The program provides intensive individual and group counselling to enhance young people’s motivation to change from alcohol and drug use to reducing or abstaining from substance use. They will be serving the same target population as the soon-to-be reopened Crossing at Keremeos program and would likely be making regular referrals to and from the Crossing. These renovations will create a welcoming, trauma informed and comfortable therapeutic setting at a new location which is more central and easily accessible by transit than their previous location.

Central City Foundation donors support PCRS

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Pacific Community Resources Society

Reel Youth (Tides Canada Initiatives Society)

$12,000 for production equipment

Reel Youth, a project of Tides Canada Initiatives Society, provides digital media arts programming to youth and communities who are marginalized or do not otherwise have access to media arts training opportunities. Reel Youth brings together professional artists with emerging artists and community arts organizations to provide filmmaking mentorships and job opportunities for marginalized youth. Each year, Reel Youth recruits about 100 youths in Vancouver with programs that are designed to create positive change in young people’s lives through technical skill building, creative collaboration with peers and mentors, and increased connection to community resources and employment. Five to 10 of the youth each year move on to work in the professional program at Reel Youth. The grant from CCF donors will be used to purchase updated production equipment, bringing new technology to produce professional films.

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Reel Youth (Tides Canada Initiatives Society)

3H Craftworks Society

$21,584 for Threadworks

3H Craftworks offers crafts programs to adults with disabilities and marginalized adults with their unique learn and earn model. They provide flexible training opportunities and indefinite employment in sewing and crafts for those unable to maintain traditional employment. Most participants are women, all are low-income and often under-housed, including seniors and immigrants. For Threadworks, Craftworks is partnering with Common Thread Cooperative, a non-profit that has been upcycling retired street banners into conference bags, lunch bags and backpacks since 2008. With the support of CCF donors, Threadworks will increase their capacity in the industry sewing program by almost fifty percent by purchasing industrial sewing equipment and chairs to enable more training and to incorporate production opportunities for graduates, where graduates easily transition from practicum to meaningful employment in traditional manufacturing jobs.

Central City Foundation donors support Threadworks society

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Battered Women’s Support Services

$10,000 for support group room furnishings

Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) provides critical gender violence prevention and intervention services and programs. Gender violence includes relationship abuse and sexual assault. Programming includes crisis line, support groups, legal advocacy, counselling, employment services, volunteer opportunities, outreach, workshops, training and advocacy for individuals, community and professionals. Their programs include specialized support for those who do sex work, Indigenous, youth, Immigrant, senior, and LGBTQ2S communities and those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and those with severe mental health and addiction presentations. The majority of their programming and services are provided in a group format as groups play a vital role in women’s path to healing. Over 18,000 women each year attend BWSS groups. Thanks to the support of CCF donors, the group rooms will get new furniture and furnishing to support this positive work.

Central City Foundation donors support BWSS

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Kidsafe Project Society

$9,000 for kitchen equipment renewal

Kidsafe’s mission is to provide nurturing safe havens for vulnerable inner-city children when schools are closed. These children face poverty, family instability, trauma (often intergenerational), the effects of substance misuse, and settlement issues for new Canadians. Kidsafe provides nutritious meals and safety, support and programming to Vancouver’s vulnerable children, free of charge. Each weekday of winter, spring, and summer breaks, Kidsafe welcomes 340 children into their programs across five school sites, with one more due to open soon. They also have a KidLink High School Transition Program that connects 30-40 youth graduating out of their programs each year, which includes one to one support with a transition worker. Thanks to the support of CCF donors, their kitchen equipment, which will be utilized across all six Kidsafe sites, is being upgraded to meet the demand for their programs. In 2017 alone, Kidsafe will serve 41,800 home-cooked meals.

Central City Foundation donors support Kidsafe

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Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House

$7,000 for stove and upright freezers

The Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House’ (DTES NH) provides a dignified welcoming space that creates and supports an improved quality of life for the DTES community. Operating in a large multi-purpose space near Hastings and Princess, the DTES NH has developed programs over the past six years that run six days a week, each revolving around a community meal. With the support of CCF donors, they will be able to replace an ageing stove and consolidate their freezers as part of a larger capital safety upgrade project. The NH community drop-in feeds 200 people each day and they easily host 30 parents and children for dinner on Tuesday and Thursday at family drop-ins and they provide programs for other groups such as a fathers group, aboriginal, seniors and kids community kitchens. They provide 450 mobile smoothies to various community partners including the DTES Women’s Centre, VANDU, Insite and Second Mile Society each month the Tuesday before cheque day. Their goal is to grow their drop-in programs by 30% over the next year with the help of this new and more efficient equipment.

Central City Foundation donors support the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House

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Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House

Chrysalis Society

$25,232 for a kitchen renovation for New Dawn

Chrysalis Society provides the only licensed, structured and long-term residential programs for women overcoming the serious impacts related to addiction, violence, homelessness, poverty and exploitation/survival sex work in Greater Vancouver. They operate three recovery homes and offer ongoing programming and housing subsidies (in partnership with BC Housing) that ensure a continuum of care specific to women’s needs that ensures women are able to access direct, comprehensive residential and mental health care for up to five years. Chrysalis offers the lowest barriered, women-only (including trans-women) addiction service in our region, and continues to serve and support the most marginalized and vulnerable women in BC. With a long-established and proven holistic methodology pioneered over 28 years, their first recovery house, New Dawn, offers programs is highly effect in supporting women to achieve lasting, sustainable recovery from addiction and violence. About 65 women per year access this vital support. There are 10 women in residence at a given time and they have an average waitlist of 200 women. With the support of CCF donors, Chrysalis will complete a major renovation to the kitchen, including industrial/commercial grade appliances and furniture at New Dawn to increase efficiency and enhance and expand life skills development and nutritional education for women through core programming at New Dawn, and in future, a community kitchen program.

Central City Foundation donors support Chrysalis Society

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Chrysalis Society

For more on how our community partners benefit from our grants, read some of their stories.

 

2015 Grants

Aboriginal Mother Centre SocietyMegaphone – Hope in ShadowsThe Dugout Drop In CentrePhil Bouvier Family CentreHope, Action, Values, Ethics (HAVE) Culinary Training SocietyBC Women’s Hospital/Vancouver Women’s Health Collective Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House

Aboriginal Mother Centre Society

$30,000 for Mama’s Wall Street Studio

The Aboriginal Mother Centre is dedicated to supporting Aboriginal mothers who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or that have had or are at risk of having their children apprehended. They provide support tools and resources to rebuild mothers’ health and self esteem, and help them acquire skills to assist in achieving self-sufficiency and regaining and retaining their children. The grant from Central City Foundation will allow the Society to purchase equipment and furniture for the Society’s social enterprise, Wall Street Studio, where Aboriginal mothers will have the opportunity for paid training to develop, produce, and sell sewn and knit items. As mothers are trained at the Studio, they can join the general paid labor force in the textile manufacturing industry and gain self-sufficiency.

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Learn more about Wall Street Studio here.

Megaphone – Hope in Shadows

$30,000 for Electronic Payments App

Inner city vendors of the popular Hope in Shadows calendar and Megaphone Magazine in Vancouver and Victoria have seen their sales lag over the past couple of years because people often don’t carry any cash. To make it easier for vendors, Central City Foundation is giving Hope in Shadows a grant to create an ‘electronic payments program’ app for the more than 150 active homeless and low-income vendors. The app will be downloadable from Apple’s App Store and Google Play. Because most Vendors do not have smart phones or the budget to maintain data plans, the app will put the non-cash option in the hands of readers, while letting vendors increase their income and financial stability. The app would also be a strong marketing tool that would help raise awareness about the vendor program. Having access to an electronic payment app will mean more income and more connections with the general public, which will provide a big boost to the self-esteem of vendors.

Central City Foundation supports Hope in Shadows

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Hope in Shadows

The Dugout Drop In Centre

$30,000 for operational funding

The Dugout is a community drop-in centre that Central City Foundation helped establish in 1967 and that continues to assist people in the Downtown Eastside. It provides a crucial place to break the isolation for many marginalized people in the community. The Dugout is the only soup kitchen serving breakfast seven days a week. Outreach, advocacy, basic one-to-one counselling and a daily AA program (a daily meeting in continuous operation since April 1, 1968) are all offered through the Dugout. Together with the City of Vancouver, Central City Foundation provides the operational funding for this organization and its programs. Volunteers and an onsite manager keep the Dugout open every day. Approximately 600-700 people, many residents of local single room hotels and shelters, receive support, food, friendship and relief from their isolation at the Dugout each day and it remains a critical community resource. Their programs can only continue to run with the support of Central City Foundation donors.

The Dugout DropIn Centre

 

Learn more about Central City Foundation and the Dugout Drop-In Centre

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Phil Bouvier Family Centre

$22,340 for sound proofing, new toys and furniture for the daycare

The Phil Bouvier Family Centre acts as a hub for services that address the needs of the whole family, with a particular focus on Aboriginal families. Services include parenting programs, early literacy, hearing and vision testing, and visits from pediatric nurses –and new programs are being added all the time. Operated by Vancouver Native Health Society in a building owned by Central City Foundation, the Phil Bouvier Family Centre is home to one of only two Aboriginal-focused childcare education programs in Vancouver. All families are welcome, but Aboriginal values, beliefs and practices are incorporated into the programming as much as possible. Aboriginal families fill currently more than half of centre’s childcare spaces. This grant from Central City Foundation donors, matching a grant from the City of Vancouver, will fund soundproofing and new toys and furniture for the daycare.

Central City Foundation supports the Phil Bouvier Family Centre

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Hope, Action, Values, Ethics (HAVE) Culinary Training Society

$14,082 for new kitchen equipment

The HAVE program in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside helps people with barriers to employment by providing occupational culinary training to individuals (approximately 100 trainees per year). The program is partially funded by a café and catering business, which also offers on-the-job training at no cost to participants. HAVE has provided training to over 800 people since 2007 with more than 75% of these trainees permanently employed in the restaurant industry. HAVE currently provides 120 meals daily for the DTES Women’s Centre whose clients are vulnerable women often fleeing domestic violence and the sex trade. A grant from Central City Foundation donors will enable HAVE to pursue additional catering contracts and purchase new equipment to accommodate larger volumes of food for catering.

Central City Foundation and HAVE build hope

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BC Women’s Hospital/Vancouver Women’s Health Collective

$8,000 to build a third medical clinic room

BC Women’s Hospital runs a Nurse Practitioner Clinic in the women’s health centre in Central City Foundation’s Cosmopolitan Hotel. This one-of-a-kind clinic provides women with access to primary care, including screening and prevention services for breast and cervical cancers and chronic diseases like diabetes, counseling, point of care testing for HIV/AIDS, support groups as well as health information and resources.

What makes the clinic even more accessible for women is that it offers them a mix of drop-in and appointment care. Care is sensitive and tailored to the needs of at-risk women, providing support and referrals for those coping with mental health issues, abuse and violence, substance misuse, and homelessness.

The clinic’s success has been phenomenal – doubling the number of patients in 2013/2014 to more than 600 women. The grant from Central City Foundation will allow the clinic to build a third treatment room to help even more women living, working and attending school in that neighbourhood access women-centered healthcare.

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Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House

$4,500 for storage structures

The DTES Neighbourhood House provides educational, leadership, social and recreational opportunities to improve the quality of life of the most socially and economically vulnerable residents of the inner city. Their varied programming includes the Chinese elders community kitchen and a family drop-in centre serving thousands of inner city residents each year.

The grant from Central City Foundation will enable them to purchase storage structures for their Family Drop In program to store play equipment, toys and games, which will benefit neighbourhood children using the play space. The funds will also be used for an air conditioning unit to improve air flow in the building, especially in the summer. As one of the few places in the neighbourhood that provides drop in space for all ages, providing a comfortable space is essential for those who have little respite from extreme temperatures.

Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House

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For more on how our community partners benefit from our grants, read some of their stories.

 

2014 Grants

Britannia Community Services Centre SocietyChrysalis SocietyThe Dugout Drop In CentreGroundswell Education SocietyUrban Native Youth AssociationVancouver Native Housing SocietyKinbrace Community SocietyMission PossibleRaincity Housing and Support SocietyBC Aboriginal Child Care SocietyTradeworks Training Society

Britannia Community Services Centre Society

$30,000 for First Peoples’ Carving Pavilion Project

Britannia Community Services Centre is an integrated recreation, education, social and cultural hub located on a 17-acre site just off Commercial Drive at Napier, with two schools, a public library, an ice arena, swimming pool, family centre, adult learning centre, teen centre and senior centre. In recent years, there has been an ongoing need to serve a highly vulnerable population of Aboriginal youth – some of whom are “living rough” on the site. One project developed to engage youth has been the installation of a temporary carving tent on the Britannia site.

central City Foundation awards $30,000 for First Peoples’ Carving Pavilion Project

The goal of this First Peoples’ Carving Pavilion project is to build a post-and-beam carving and cultural sharing structure (transportable) on the Britannia site to promote cultural awareness of – and student and community involvement in – the rich heritage that the First Peoples offer in their traditional practices. A grant from Central City Foundation will enable to construction of a multi-use facility that will act as a cultural bridge to the community at large and build a pride of culture and sharing among youth. The new Pavilion will also be a key physical legacy of the Year of Reconciliation in the community. It will advance on-going knowledge sharing of Aboriginal teachings and provide opportunities to showcase cultural production, engage and educate youth. The project will also provide employment and income generation for emerging and established artists, as well as business education and social enterprise opportunities for students and adult learners.

Read More about the Britannia Community Services Centre Society and Central City Foundation

http://www.britanniacentre.org/

Chrysalis Society

$30,000 STAHR for Women Enhancement Project

Chrysalis Society provides the only licensed, structured and long-term residential programs for women overcoming the serious impacts related to addiction, violence, homelessness, poverty and exploitation/survival sex work in Greater Vancouver. They offer the lowest barriered, women-only addiction service in our region, operating three recovery homes and offering ongoing programming and housing subsidies that ensure a continuum of care that ensures women are able to access direct, comprehensive residential and mental health care for up to five years. Chrysalis offers, and continues to serve and support the most marginalized and vulnerable women in BC.

With a long-established and proven holistic methodology pioneered over 25 years, the programs at Chrysalis’ New Dawn House in particular is highly effect in supporting women – especially women from the DTES and/or those with histories of street-entrenchment – to achieve lasting, sustainable recovery from addiction and violence. There is no other truly home-like, residential addiction resource for women in the province that compares. Up to 75 women per year access support at New Dawn, with ten women in residence at any time and a waitlist of over 300 women. In recent years they have seen a steady increase in the number of women entering New Dawn with extremely high levels of medication and complex mental health issues.

Central City Foundation awards Chrysalis Society $30,000 STAHR for Women Enhancement Project

The grant from Central City Foundation will be used for upgrades and renovations to one of the bathrooms in the New Dawn House, as well as installation of a specialized infrared sauna. These renovations and upgrades will increase safety for women with mobility issues and provide long-term natural healing benefits for the women in residence.

Read More about the Chrysalis Society and Central City Foundation

http://www.chrysalissociety.com/

The Dugout Drop In Centre

$30,000 for operational funding

The Dugout is a community drop-in centre that Central City Foundation helped establish in 1967 and that continues to assist people in the Downtown Eastside. It provides a crucial place to break the isolation for many marginalized people in the community. The Dugout is the only soup kitchen serving breakfast seven days a week. Outreach, advocacy, basic one-to-one counselling and a daily AA program (a daily meeting in continuous operation since April 1, 1968) are all offered through the Dugout. Together with the City of Vancouver, Central City Foundation provides the operational funding for this organization and its programs. Volunteers and an onsite manager keep the Dugout open every day. Approximately 600-700 people, many residents of local single room hotels and shelters, receive support, food, friendship and relief from their isolation at the Dugout each day and it remains a critical community resource. Their programs can only continue to run with the support of Central City Foundation donors.

The Dugout DropIn Centre and Central City Foundation Build Hope

Learn more about Central City Foundation and the Dugout Drop-In Centre

www.thedugoutvancouver.com

Groundswell Education Society

$10,000 school renovation project

Groundswell Education Society is a training network of young people starting alternatives-to-business together, and recreating the economy in the process. Their school provides a nine-month training school for people under 35 to develop skills to build sustainable enterprises, including co-ops, self-employment, social businesses, collectives, non-profits and other grassroots economic configurations. They have been especially focused on reaching out to lower-income youth, youth from immigrant families and those with limited access to existing programs, particularly those from suburban municipalities (especially Surrey). They operate out of the school building, which they are renovating with very significant in-kind and donated labour, and a café, which they have purchased outright with $150,000 of private support.

A grant from Central City Foundation will enable them to purchase furniture and fittings (especially lighting and shelving) for the school building. Much of this will be purchased from one of their graduating projects – a worker’s co-operative that recovers wood, primarily pallets and construction refuse, and builds furniture.

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Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA)

$30,000 Youth Health Hub

Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) wanted to renovate their site to create a health and wellness site for Native youth. Native youth do not utilize health care services as much as they should when needed, much less from a preventative perspective. UNYA has a partnership and funding with Providence Health for an on-site Nurse Practitioner. They intend to build on this new program to create a mini-hub for increased and improved cross-program referrals and support for Native youth who already access their 20 programs to ensure their holistic wellness needs are met in a welcoming, relevant, and accessible environment. UNYA has surveyed local youth and based on the results feel they will also attract youth who have not previously accessed UNYA programs and services with this health and wellness clinic. Their research shows that the greatest needs for Native youth in terms of wellness are in the mental health, behavioural and emotional area along with sexual and reproductive health needs. These needs will be well-met by the nurse-led primary care practice where more one-on-one time can be spent building trust and relationships with youth. A grant from Central City Foundation will provide furnishings, equipment, and fixtures as part of the renovation to the UNYA site.

Central CIty Foundation and UNYA build hope

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Vancouver Native Housing Society

$30,000 Transformation of the Skwachàys Lodge and Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery

Originally built as a healing lodge for visiting Aboriginal people needing to access medical services in Vancouver, Skwachàys Lodge and Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery is being transformed into a self-sustaining supportive housing project (24 units of subsidized, supported housing) and a social purpose business that is home to Canada’s first boutique Aboriginal Art Hotel and Urban Aboriginal Fair Trade Gallery. The Vancouver Native Housing Society that has built and operates Skwachàys Lodge, has secured more than $300,000 towards the renovations and transformation of the facility and has a plan to grow the hotel business and Art Gallery to sustain the subsidized housing and build a replicable model for housing development in other communities. In the Lodge, 22 units in the subsidized housing are designated for emerging artists from the DTES who are given professional development and support in addition to the opportunity to sell their artwork in the Gallery. The artists in residence are generally dealing with many barriers to their employment and artistic development related to poverty, the impact of residential schools and other challenges faced by Aboriginal residents in the DTES. Artists are supported towards artistic excellence and financial independence during their residence.

The gallery is the only fair trade gallery for Aboriginal artists in Vancouver – more than 88% of First Nations, Inuit and Metis art sold in other galleries and commercially results in zero benefit to the artists. The Fair Trade gallery supports policies and programs that ensure benefit to the artists and a stronger artist community. A grant from Central City Foundation will be used as part of the major renovation of the hotel portion of the Lodge, a project employing Aboriginal artists and tradespeople, to upgrade the gallery and improve a workshop space for the artists as well as improving the ceremonial space that includes a sweat lodge on an upper floor of the hotel.

Read more about Vancouver Native Housing Society and Central City Foundation

Kinbrace Community Society

$5,110 for kitchen equipment and facilities

Kinbrace Community Society provides housing and support for refugee claimants new to Vancouver, assisting with supportive housing, settlement, relational support, and help in finding and moving into clean, safe market rental housing. At the heart of their welcome for these new neighbours eating together in two community houses.

Central City Foundation grants Kinbrace $5,110In 2009, Central City Foundation donors helped Kinbrace purchase kitchen equipment and custom-built furniture for their communal kitchen and dining facilities. This year, CCF donors helped Kinbrace upgrade to commercial kitchen equipment to be able to prepare more than 6,000 meals each year. This will also allow the Society to improve the skills of 40 newcomer refugees each year as well as contributing to an enhanced experience of belonging and health.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Kinbrace

http://kinbrace.ca

Mission Possible

$4,500 to purchase line painting machine

Mission Possible (MP) is non-profit organization in Vancouver’s DTES providing opportunities for people challenged by homelessness and poverty. MP helps people achieve a renewed sense of dignity and purpose through meaningful work. In the past five years, more than 100 inner-city residents have successfully transitioned through MP’s work-readiness programs. Mission Possible operates three social enterprises: MP Maintenance, an exterior property cleaning and streetscape maintenance company; MP Neighbours, a security company that provides culturally competent community watch services in the inner-city; and MP Recycling, which cleans, sterilizes and repurposes discarded bar soaps from the hospitality industry for use by NGOs during humanitarian crises around the globe. MP Maintenance has grown to employ 20 inner city residents with annual revenues approaching $500K. A grant from Central City Foundation donors allowed MP Maintenance to acquire a line painting machine, which will lead to additional contracts, revenue and employment growth.

Central City Foundation grants Mission Possible $4,500 to purchase line painting machine

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Mission Possible

www.mission-possible.ca

Raincity Housing and Support Society

$6,000 for furnishing, equipment and supplies for children’s play area

Raincity Housing is a grassroots organization built around compassion, purpose and a commitment to delivering progressive housing and support solutions for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, and experiencing poor mental or physical health. Raincity Housing will operate the new Budzey building, providing 147 women-led family units, including studios, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites. The building is located in the downtown eastside and will serve vulnerable women and children from this community. Raincity anticipates housing up to 55 children in the building, mainly between the ages of 4 and 11. The building includes a number of amenity spaces including 900-square-foot indoor children’s play area. This grant will pay for furnishing, equipment and supplies for the children’s play area.

Central City Foundation grants Raincity $6,000 for furnishing, equipment and supplies for children’s play area
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BC Aboriginal Child Care Society

$15,000 for emergency roof repairs for Singing Frog daycare

Singing Frog Aboriginal Head Start is a licensed preschool operated by the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society on Vancouver’s east side since 2008. Forty Aboriginal children aged three to five attend the program annually, many from low to modest income Aboriginal families living in and around the neighbourhood of Grandview.

Central City Foundation grants $15,000 for emergency roof repairs for Singing Frog daycareDuring a required structural review to determine earthquake safety of their building, it was discovered that the roof of the school had significant water damage and extensive black mould. Emergency repairs were required to ensure the safety and health of the children, families and caregivers at Singing Frog. The grant from Central City Foundation donors will help fund emergency repairs to the roof.

Read more about Central City Foundation and the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society.

Read more about BC Aboriginal Child Care Society

Tradeworks Training Society

$9,289 for the Women’s Workshop

Tradeworks Training Society works with women and youth with multiple barriers to employment, providing training in life and employment skills, and hands-on work experience in the trade of carpentry. After finishing their programs, Tradeworks graduates are ready for steady employment in their field. For the past 10 years Tradeworks has developed women’s capacity through an introductory carpentry training program, the Women’s Workshop, which provides a 10-week part-time-pre-employment training and personal development program for women that introduces them to careers in the trades and prepares them for apprenticeships.

The Women’s Workshop has an excellent record of success, admitting more than 48 women annually, with 75% of completing the program, finding work and being registered for an apprenticeship or returning to school. Participants are recruited primarily from the downtown eastside and regularly include Aboriginal and newcomer women, women workers seeking to exit the sex economy and single mothers. Tradeworks Custom Products is their social enterprise that also provides employment opportunities for graduates of the Women’s Workshop.

This grant from Central City Foundation will help create a self-contained training bay with improved lighting, electrical connections and updated tools and machines dedicated to the Women’s Workshop.

Central City Foundation grants Tradeworks $9,289 for the Women’s Workshop

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Tradeworks Training Society

http://tradeworks.bc.ca/

For more on how our community partners benefit from our grants, read some of their stories.

 

2013 Grants

Downtown Eastside Women’s CentreVancouver Second Mile SocietyAunt Leah's ETCAboriginal Mothers' CentreThe Dugout Drop-In CentreAtira Women’s Resource SocietyImmigrant Services Society of BCDTES Neighbourhood HouseMcLaren Housing Society of BCGordon Neighbourhood HouseThe Writers’ Exchange (Tides Canada Initiatives Society)Fir Square Maternity Unit (BC Women’s)Purple Thistle Centre (Arts in Action)DTES Street Market (Hope In Shadows)

Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre

Technology for Advocacy and Connection

The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre supports and empowers women and children living in extreme poverty.

Downtown Eastside Women CentreThe Centre provides practical support to enable community members to survive the conditions of ill health and violence that surround them, providing security, basic needs and support. They help 300 women daily with hot meals and basic necessities, as well as a continuum of supports including advocacy, referrals, Victim Services, and housing. They also operate an overnight shelter for up to 50 women each night.

Thanks to a grant from Central City Foundation, the Centre will be able to make key improvements to their malfunctioning telephone system, which is a critical tool for their operations and, particularly, the effectiveness of their advocacy services.

This is part of a larger project for renovations that includes health and safety upgrades in the kitchen and new office renovations in the Centre.

Learn more about Central City Foundation working with the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre.

http://dewc.ca/

Vancouver Second Mile Society

Helping Seniors Sleep Tight

The oldest seniors’ organization in Vancouver, Vancouver Second Mile Society serves isolated, low income seniors and people with disabilities who reside in poverty and may become isolated. The organization improves the quality of life of seniors through a drop-in centre that sees 100 participants daily, and runs a Neighbourhood Helpers project providing outreach and social support programs in SROs, rooming houses and social housing.

A grant from Central City Foundation will enable the Society to fund a “Sleep Tight, Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite” project. They intend to purchase a professional-grade steam cleaner and related equipment to control bed bugs in the rooms of seniors they serve. The ongoing challenge of this pest is putting people’s health and housing at risk.

VSMS

Learn more about Central City Foundation working with the Vancouver Second Mile Society.

http://www.vsms.ca/

Aunt Leah’s ETC

Housing and Support for Women Transitioning to Independence

AuntLeahPlaceAunt Leah’s Place helps prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless and mothers in need from losing custody of their children. Their Thresholds program supports moms in their transition to independence through job training programs, essential skills programs, educational support and individualized support plans.

Aunt Leah’s ETC, the building in New Westminster owned by Central City Foundation, provides second stage housing for women in the Thresholds program who may not be fully ready for independent living.

Funding from Central City Foundation will be used to renovate a laneway house at the Thresholds location to create two new permanent transitional housing beds, plus programming space and an area for nurse home visits.

 

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Aunt Leah’s ETC

http://auntleahs.org

Aboriginal Mothers’ Centre

Space for Mothers to Rebuild and Overcome

AboriginalMotherCentreThe Aboriginal Mother Centre is dedicated to supporting Aboriginal mothers who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or that have had or are at risk of having their children apprehended. They provide support tools and resources to rebuild mothers’ health and self esteem, and help them acquire skills to assist in achieving self-sufficiency and regaining and retaining their children.

The Centre’s transitional housing is fully occupied with 16 moms and 25 children. This grant will help the Centre acquire additional equipment, furnishings and window coverings to improve the liveability of the space. The funds will be used to buy baby monitors, larger cribs to accommodate toddlers who are being reunited with mothers and new window coverings for the kitchen/great room area where daily programs and services are delivered.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and the Aboriginal Mother’s Society

http://www.aboriginalmothercentre.ca/

The Dugout Drop-In Centre

Providing Food and Friendship

DugoutEstablished in 1967, the Dugout is the only soup kitchen serving breakfast seven days a week. Its client base is primarily residents of local single hotels and shelters, where they can access a host of additional supports including outreach, advocacy, one-to-one counselling and a daily AA program.

Central City Foundation’s support provides operational funding for this critical community resource and its programs, including supplies and provisions for the soup kitchen. With these funds, approximately 700 people receive support, food, friendship and relief from their isolation each day.

 

Learn more about Central City Foundation and the Dugout Drop-In Centre

www.thedugoutvancouver.com

Atira Women’s Resource Society

Hospice Care for Women Most in Need

Atira_surreyThe Bridge Housing will provide eight new units of safe, stable and affordable housing, and access to basic supports and health care for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and facing serious health challenges. This long-term transitional housing, including up to end-of-life, will serve women who have acute chronic health concerns including HIV/AIDS, lung disease, congestive heart failure, Hepatitis C and other poverty-related illnesses.

Bridge Housing sees the need at their shelter to help women who are not yet eligible for hospice care but have complex needs that can’t be met in other shelters. Central City Foundation’s grant will fund renovations and provide necessary equity leverage for financing the balance of the renovations for this project.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Atira Women’s Resource Society

http://www.atira.bc.ca/bridge-housing-women

Immigrant Services Society of BC

An Integrated Service Hub and Housing for New Immigrants

issbcWelcome House Centre will be a new facility in Vancouver providing a fully integrated service hub to address the immediate needs of refugees and immigrants. This will include 28 units (98 bedrooms) of short term and transitional housing designed for refugees. This project will directly help prevent homelessness amongst refugees, who are most at-risk of homelessness in our city. Up to 900 refugees arrive each year needing at least two weeks of transitional housing and some need even longer direct housing support.

The grant from Central City Foundation is a key factor in securing the land lease from the City of Vancouver for Welcome House Centre, a critical need in the immediate future, and leveraging the final private capital required to complete the project.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Immigrant Services Society of BC

http://www.issbc.org

DTES Neighbourhood House

Safe and Usable Office Space for Helping Inner City Residents

The DTES Neighbourhood House provides educational, leadership, social and recreational opportunities to improve the quality of life of the most socially and economically vulnerable residents of the inner city. Their varied programming includes the Chinese elders community kitchen and a family drop-in centre serving thousands of inner city residents each year.

Work areas for staff at the Neighbourhood House, however, are inefficient and increasingly hazardous with unsecured shelving, broken desks and chairs, etc. The grant from Central City Foundation has enabled them to purchase new furniture and reorganize workspace to maximize efficiencies and improve programming space and workplace health and safety.

DTES

Learn more about Central City Foundation and DTES Neighbourhood House

http://dtesnhouse.ca/

McLaren Housing Society of BC

Better Space to Serve People Living with HIV/AIDS

McLeanHelmcken House, owned and operated by McLaren Housing Society, is a heritage building that has provided subsidized housing to individuals with HIV/AIDS since 1991. Many of the residents and program participants have been HIV-positive are aging and dealing with loneliness and isolation as their friends and loved ones have died before them. Helmcken House has a space in the basement being used as an office and there is a small ill-equipped kitchen, a dining area, desks and a seating area.

There was an immediate need for renovations of this space and equipment, and the grant from Central City Foundation can make a big difference in what the society can offer. The society is expanding with a new site nearby where they will serve an additional 125 residents with HIV/AIDS coming from shelters and SROs.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and McLaren Housing Society of BC

http://www.mclarenhousing.com/

Gordon Neighbourhood House

Food Security for Seniors, Immigrants and Other Inner City Residents

Founded in 1942, Gordon Neighbourhood House is a volunteer-led organization serving Vancouver’s West End. In 2012 there were about 20 active programs at the Neighbourhood House serving almost 10,000 individuals. They have served a growing population of vulnerable, low-income seniors, new immigrants and refugees, as well as single-parent families, unemployed adults and street-involved youth. Recently, they’ve seen growing issues around access to and availability of nutritious food.

The grant from Central City Foundation to purchase indoor planters, industrial blenders and a commercial dishwasher allows Neighbourhood House to implement food security programs, including community meals, urban gardening and healthy food production and preparation.

Gordon Neighbourhood House

 

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Gordon Neighbourhood House

http://gordonhouse.org/

The Writers’ Exchange

A New Centre to Make Literacy Fun for Kids and Families

writers ExchangeOpened in 2011 as the KidSafe Writers’ Room, this program provided a safe place for children to complete their homework and creative writing projects with volunteer mentors. KidSafe worked with more than 400 at-risk kids from six inner-city schools to boost their literacy skills and self-esteem through fun, free literacy games, crafts and activities. In September 2012, they expanded and became a project of Tides Canada Initiatives Society, changing their name to the Writers’ Exchange.

With plans to open a second space on East Hastings Street to serve even more inner-city children and families, the Writers’ Exchange will expand their programs to include family literacy programs. The grant from Central City Foundation provides money for furnishings and equipment for the children’s workspace in the new Writers’ Exchange centre.

 

Learn more about Central City Foundation and The Writers’ Exchange

http://www.vancouverwe.com/

Fir Square Maternity Unit

Transforming Lives One Bite at a Time

BC Women's Fir SquareBC Women’s Fir Square Program is one of only a few in-patient programs in the world caring for substance-using women and their newborns. Women entering this program come from a background of poverty and poor education, and most are homeless.

Central City Foundation’s grant will help create a new kitchen within the Fir Square Maternity Unit at BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre. The kitchen will be used to launch a nutritional skills program. In order to keep their children once they leave the Fir Square program, new mothers will need to secure housing and demonstrate strong parenting skills. This food and nutritional educational program will help to strengthen the chances of keeping mother and child together.

 

Learn more about Central City Foundation and BC Women’s Fir Square Maternity Unit

http://www.bcwomens.ca/HealthTopics/HavingBaby/

Purple Thistle Centre

Photography Equipment to Teach Life Skills and Leadership

The Purple Thistle is a youth-run drop-in arts and community centre in the Strathcona industrial area of the downtown eastside. The Centre provides free access to shared equipment and supplies including a dark room and silk-screening equipment under a youth collective leadership. About 200 inner city youth between the ages of 15 and 25 are referred to Purple Thistle each year. Programming includes a variety of art, skills and job readiness programs for the young men and women, who are all low income and considered to be “at risk” within the inner city community.

The grant from Central City Foundation covered the cost of camera equipment to be used first in a new pilot photography project for young women focused on life skills, leadership and photography skills. When the pilot is over, the equipment will remain as part of the collective resources to be used for additional programming.

Purple Thistle

Learn more about Central City Foundation and the Purple Thistle Centre

http://www.purplethistle.ca/

DTES Street Market

Better Income Opportunities for Inner City Residents

The DTES Street Market has been operating in Pigeon Park since the summer of 2010 with support from Central City Foundation donors. The peer-run community market takes place every Sunday, with 200-400 vendors per week and about $500,000 in annual sales. The Market creates economic opportunities for the low-income community in the inner city, offering a legal alternative for regular vendors.

A capital grant from Central City Foundation enabled market organizers to purchase canopy tents, picnic tables, chairs and interior fencing to allow the DTES Street Market to improve the atmosphere and family friendliness of Pigeon Park and at the new lot nearby. These improvements will lead to better income opportunities and jobs at the Market.

Street Market

Learn more about Central City Foundation and the DTES Street Market

http://dtesstmkt.blogspot.ca/

For more on how our community partners benefit from our grants, read some of their stories.

 

2012 Grants

Kiwassa Neighbourhood HouseThe Fraserview ClubEMBERS Green RenovationsCoast Mental Health FoundationDowntown Eastside Women’s CentreDugout Drop In CentreMission PossibleJapanese HallProject Limelight SocietyPotluck Cafe and CateringSole Food FarmsHope in ShadowsUrban Native Youth Association

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House

Supporting Children and their Families

The Kiwassa Variety Daycare playground provides a crucial opportunity for children ages 3-5 in the inner city to develop physical strength, coordination and balance, as well as learn social skills, imagination, creativity, thinking, problem-solving and self-care skills. In rainy Vancouver, wet weather is inevitable, so CCF is pleased to help keep this playground free from floods, making a big difference to the neighbourhood. The playground at Kiwassa had a consistent problem with drainage where large pools of water gathered after any extended rainfall, making it unsafe for the children. A grant from Central City Foundation allowed Kiwassa to install drainage pipes and resurface the playground area.

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Kiwassa Neighbourhood House

www.kiwassa.ca

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF GREATER VANCOUVER

The Fraserview Club: Nourishing from the Inside Out

Located in southeast Vancouver, the Fraserview Club has a membership of nearly 500 children from the surrounding diverse neighbourhood, which is home to a high concentration of immigrants and a large population of low-income and single-parent families. The club’s kitchen serves 150 children every day with cooking and nutrition programs, snack programs and hot meals for children who may not receive nutritious food throughout the day. A grant from Central City Foundation made it possible for Fraserview to upgrade its aging kitchen, meeting healthy and safety standards, improving food security for vulnerable children, and building knowledge about healthy eating.

Fraserview Boys and Girls Club

Learn more about Central City Foundation and The Fraserview Club

http://www.bgcbc.ca/what-we-do/clubs/fraserview-club/

EMBERS Green Renovations

Environmental Innovation Meets Socially Responsible Employment

EmbersEMBERS Green Renovations offers general contracting services to Vancouver property owners using socially responsible labour and environmentally-friendly building and recycling practices. They’ve created 20 full-time jobs for people from the inner city who face social and economic barriers, with an eye on establishing even more opportunities.

EMBERS used a grant from Central City Foundation to purchase a new work van, which will allow them to work on more projects and hire additional workers, actively creating employment in the green economy for low-income, disadvantaged workers.

 

Learn more about Central City Foundation and EMBERS

www.embersvancouver.com

Coast Mental Health Foundation

Feeding More Than Hunger

coastmentalMany of the clients at Coast Mental Health have no access to cooking facilities, nor can they afford to purchase meals, so they often go hungry. The organization opened a Downtown Resource Centre in 2001, with a kitchen to supply meals to hungry clients. The commercial oven installed in the kitchen was meant to prepare 50 meals a day. More than 10 years later, the location was serving five times that amount – 250 meals a day, seven days a week.

A grant from Central City Foundation allowed Coast to purchase a new convection oven, which not only increased the kitchen’s capacity to prepare food, but also offers clients a safe and supportive environment they know they can trust.

 

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Coast Mental Health Foundation

www.coastmentalhealth.com

Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre

Bringing Health and Stability to Marginalized Women

The heart of the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre is its daily meal program and drop-in centre. More than 300 women visit the centre each day for a nutritious meal in a safe environment, bringing stability and health to their lives. For some women, it may be their only meal all day.

Grant money from Central City Foundation allowed the kitchen to purchase a new convection oven, a large freezer and banks of lockers for safe storage. These key improvements increase the centre’s capacity to provide security and basic needs to women living in extreme poverty.

DEWC

Learn more about Central City Foundation working with the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre.

www.dewc.ca

Dugout Drop In Centre

Providing Food and Friendship

Established in 1967, the Dugout is the only soup kitchen serving breakfast seven days a week. Its client base is primarily residents of local single hotels and shelters, where they can access a host of additional supports including outreach, advocacy, one-to-one counselling and a daily AA program.

Together with the City of Vancouver, Central City Foundation provides the operational funding for this organization and its programs, including supplies and provisions for the soup kitchen. With these funds, more than 600 people receive support, food, friendship and relief from their isolation each day.

The Dugout DropIn Centre

Learn more about Central City Foundation and the Dugout Drop In Centre

www.thedugoutvancouver.com

Mission Possible

Finding Self-Worth Through Self-Expression

Mission Possible, a non-profit that provides opportunities for people challenged by homelessness and poverty, operates an artist’s collective in the Downtown Eastside. The space combines a studio and community gallery that members can use for creative self-expression and entrepreneurial opportunities. Using a grant from Central City Foundation, Mission Possible purchased a freestanding slab roller and clay mixer for the potter’s studio, which will improve safety in the space, allow for efficient clay recycling, and offer inner city residents the chance to connect with others through the arts.

Mission Possible

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Mission Possible

www.mission-possible.ca

Japanese Hall

Exploring the Heart of Japanese Culture Through the Stomach

The Japanese home-style fare produced by volunteers at the Vancouver Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall (VJLS-JH) is growing in popularity at food bazaars, seasonal events and the Powell Street Festival. As part of a large-scale renovation project, a grant from Central City Foundation purchased kitchen equipment to help VJLS-JH meet commercial standards. The renovated kitchen will enhance efficiency, food safety standards and craftsmanship, develop food preparation programs to meet the needs of low-income residents, and provide nutritious food for children in the newly licensed preschool and daycare, many of whom are living in poverty.

Japanese Hall

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Japanese Hall

www.vjls-jh.com/en/

Project Limelight Society

Developing Confidence and Self-Esteem on the Stage

projectlimelightsocietyDuring this free performing arts program, young people are mentored by professional actors, directors, dancers, singers, costumer designers, filmmakers and musicians who offer encouragement, instruction and inspiration in a safe and welcoming environment. Youth in the program develop self-esteem and great pride for having accomplished the unimaginable – performing on stage in front of hundreds of people.

A grant from Central City Foundation provided equipment essentials to help inner city children explore their love of the arts, as well as achieve a sense of confidence, self-assurance and creative freedom they can carry into their school and home lives.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Project Limelight Society

www.projectlimelightsociety.org

Potluck Cafe and Catering

Employment and Nutrition for Residents in the Downtown Eastside

potluckFor more than 10 years, the Potluck Café has been a fixture in the Downtown Eastside, creating jobs and providing healthy food for people living in Vancouver’s inner city. Now the organization is trying to grow its corporate catering business segment, which will allow them to sustain nearly two dozen paid jobs along with training and life skills supports for DTES residents.

A grant from Central City Foundation allowed the Potluck Café to replace its aging delivery van with a brand new one, and purchase a variety of core catering equipment including carafes, cold beverage dispensers, dishes, platters, baskets and signage. This grant will enable Potluck to remain competitive, while creating opportunities for neighbourhood residents.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Potluck Cafe and Catering

www.potluckcatering.com

Sole food Farms

Pioneering Urban Agriculture

solefoodSole Food is a non-profit, social enterprise that provides urban agriculture employment and training opportunities for Vancouver’s inner-city residents.

Community residents are trained and employed to install and manage small production farms on leased urban lots, which improves food security and provides employees with an opportunity to learn new skills.

A grant from Central City Foundation purchased tools and equipment that helped establish a farm site at Main and Terminal, which will revitalize the neighbourhood, supply fresh food to inner city residents, and provide meaningful employment to individuals with multiple challenges.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Sole Food Farms

www.solefoodfarms.com

Hope in Shadows

Establishing Steady Workplaces on Vancouver’s Street Corners

hopeinshadowsInner city vendors of the popular Hope in Shadows calendar and Megaphone Magazine stand for hours on end in cold, wet and grey weather.

To help lighten the load, a grant from Central City Foundation purchased tools and equipment packages for 175 active homeless and low-income vendors. The packages include essential gear to establish and enhance the vendor workplace in Vancouver’s rainy outdoor climate, such as raincoats, waterproof bags, hats, toques and umbrellas.

These tools will allow low-income vendors to continue to tell the stories of their neighbourhood, while staying warm and dry.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Hope in Shadows

www.hopeinshadows.com

Urban Native Youth Association

Creating Opportunity for Aboriginal Youth

Urban Native Youth AssociationThe Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) believes that Aboriginal youth lack opportunities, not abilities. The prevention-focused organization encourages them to develop self-sufficiency and pursue employment by improving their education, skills training and personal development.

A grant from Central City Foundation will allow UNYA to make key improvements to its facilities by renovating a multi-purpose space and creating a food preparation area. The improvements will help create programming that is safer, more functional and supportive of the needs of Aboriginal youth in the Downtown Eastside.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and UNYA

www.unya.bc.ca

For more on how our community partners benefit from our grants, read some of their stories.

 

2011 Grants

The Dugout Drop-In CentreDTES HIV/IDU Consumers Needle ExchangeImouto House for Young Women (Atria)DTES Neighbourhood HouseLittle Mountain Neighbourhood HouseMt. Pleasant Neighbourhood HouseEast Side Family PlaceStrathcona Community Centre/Phil Bouvier Family CentreTalitha Koum – Gianna HouseDTES Street MarketTradeworks Custom Wood ProductsFamily Services of Greater Vancouver – Street Youth Job Action

The Dugout Drop-In Centre

Bringing People Together in a Supportive Environment

The Dugout offers not only a hot breakfast seven days a week, but also a living room, outreach, advocacy, counselling, and a daily AA meeting for more than 600 of our secluded and marginalized neighbours. While meeting their urgent needs, these programs bring isolated people together in a supportive, community environment.

Central City Foundation’s support provides operational funding for this critical community resource and its programs, including supplies and provisions for the soup kitchen. With these funds, approximately 700 people receive support, food, friendship and relief from their isolation each day.

The Dugout

Learn more about Central City Foundation and the Dugout Drop-In Centre

http://thedugoutvancouver.com/ 

DTES HIV/IDU Consumers Needle Exchange

Renovated Office Space for Strong Community Links

The DTES HIV/IDU Consumers Needle Exchange addresses the urgent need for healthy responses to the AIDS epidemic in the DTES through a small peer support group. Part of a larger centralized needle exchange, this vital community service is comprised of dedicated volunteers who have been offering support, comfort, and community building to their neighbours since 1996.

The needle exchange amalgamated, renovated, and centralized their services to provide for more efficient operations, sustainable services and strengthened relationships with other community groups. Central City Foundation was able to provide the Consumers Needle Exchange with funds to purchase furniture and move into the newly renovated office space.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and DTES HIV/IDU Consumers Needle Exchange

http://www.consumersboard.com/ 

Imouto House for Young Women (Atria)

Bridging Gaps with Supportive Housing

Atira Women’s Resource Society provides advocacy, support, housing solutions and more for women and children who are impacted by violence. Imouto House is Atira’s newest supportive housing development created for young women who are in tremendously unsafe housing situations or homeless in the inner city.

Supportive housing at Imouto House will bridge a critical gap in service, providing 18 new residences for young women. Central City Foundation is delighted to be able to provide a grant to purchase the furniture and equipment for Imouto House.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Atira Women’s Resource Society

http://atira.bc.ca/Imouto/index.html 

DTES Neighbourhood House

Community-Inspired Programming in a Safe and Accessible Space

The Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House offers creative community- inspired programming and a drop-in centre, with a Roving Community Kitchen at the heart of their work. All of their activity is created through consultation and participation of neighbours and service providers.

DTES Neighbourhood House is a thriving and busy place that identified the need for a partitioned space for children and families to access, allowing for easier circulation of other staff and neighbours within their program space. A grant from Central City Foundation allowed the DTES Neighbourhood House to purchase and install of a security gate to create a safer and more accessible space for all participants.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and DTES Neighbourhood House

http://dtesnh.wordpress.com/ 

Little Mountain Neighbourhood House

Cultivating Intergenerational Community Through Garden Space

When the Youth Council at Little Mountain Neighbourhood House (LMNH) identified a need for a common space, they envisioned a place where cultural and age gaps could be bridged in a casual environment. Out of this need, the 30 youth aged 13-18 devised a plan for the Little Mountain Growing Community Project—a community garden space that will promote food security, traditional knowledge transmission, and inter-cultural, inter-generational communication.

A grant from Central City Foundation covered supplies and materials to complete a garden and sitting area behind the neighbourhood house where marginalized, disengaged, or recent immigrant neighbours of all ages can come together to learn and grow together.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Little Mountain Neighbourhood House

http://www.lmnhs.bc.ca/ 

Mt. Pleasant Neighbourhood House

Revitalizing Resources for Enhanced Community Services

Creating opportunities for inclusiveness, diversity, and community, the Mt. Pleasant Neighbourhood House (MPNH) hosts many enriching programs and services. A renovation project allowed MPHH’s efforts to continue to serve their neighbourhood—an area where an incredibly diverse population struggles with many inner city issues including poverty, homelessness, safety, and open drug and sex trades.

Central City Foundation contributed funds towards the renovations to create a much-needed multipurpose space within the neighbourhood house, providing room for counselling and support groups.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Mt. Pleasant Neighbourhood House

http://www.mpnh.org/ 

East Side Family Place

Growing Food Security for Eastside Families

Supporting young families who face poverty and isolation, Eastside Family Place Society (EFP) provides much needed supports, resources, and programs in the Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood. The food programs are part of their foundational mission to provide assistance to vulnerable families by promoting food security and healthy eating.

Central City Foundation is proud to support EFP’s food security programs by providing funds to upgrade their kitchen facility, refrigeration, and storage equipment.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and East Side Family Place

http://www.eastsidefamilyplace.org/ 

Strathcona Community Centre/Phil Bouvier Family Centre

Transporting Neighbours to New Opportunities

Both the award-winning Phil Bouvier Family Centre and Strathcona Community Centre’s diverse range of programs offers critical support and resources to infants, children, families, and seniors in the neighbourhood. Although these programs are vital to the community, transportation remains a tremendous barrier to these services.

Central City Foundation provided a matching grant to these two organizations, enough for one-third the cost of a new 24-passenger van to support the community even further. This van meets the day-to-day transportation demands of both the centres and the school, helping over 1,000 inner city children and families participate in recreational, developmental, educational and entertainment opportunities in the community.

Learn more about Central City Foundation, Phil Bouvier Family Centre and Strathcona Community Centre

Talitha Koum – Gianna House

Supporting Women and Children

Gianna House provides support for expectant mothers, women with infants, and women recently reunited with their children. It is one of three homes the Talitha Koum Society offers for women and families moving forward from lives of dependency and incarceration. The Gianna House occupies a special niche within the main program, making essential efforts to help residents maintain custody of their children.

A grant from Central City Foundation was used for essential improvements, helping cover the cost of renovating their bathrooms and purchasing a commercial-grade washer/dryer.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Talitha Koum

DTES Street Market

Promoting Economic Strength and Sustainability

Contributing to economic transformation in the inner city since June 2010, the Downtown Eastside Street Market has grown to include 150 vendors each Sunday. Their goal is to provide a legal venue for local street vendors, artists, and artisans to sell their goods.

Central City Foundation supports this grassroots market in its endeavour to expand and develop a sustainable business model. With matching funds from the City of Vancouver, the grant will support a full-time coordinator in building the capacity of the market over the next year, further reducing criminalization of the poor and encouraging economic growth in the inner city.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and DTES Street Market

Tradeworks Custom Wood Products

Creating Jobs and Developing Skills in the Inner City

Women in the inner city face multiple barriers to employment and economic security. Tradeworks Training Society eliminates some of these barriers by facilitating transitions into the work force through skills development and work experience, and by providing strong employment references. In a positive, woman-centred woodworking environment, the Tradeworks shop is a space where women can learn new technical and workplace skills while building self confidence and access to other community resources.

A grant from Central City Foundation purchased an additional laser engraver for the shop, significantly boosting the production capacity of Tradeworks Custom Wood Products (TCP) and expanding their ability to provide good jobs for women in the inner city.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Tradeworks Training Society

http://tradeworks.bc.ca/blog/tag/wood-products/

Family Services of Greater Vancouver – Street Youth Job Action

A New Enterprise for Homeless Youth

Street Youth Job Action (SYTJ) provides mentoring and lowest barrier work opportunities for homeless youth in Vancouver. The project offers youth the chance to learn a set of skills and behaviours to help them prepare for the workforce by performing services like street beautification and cleaning contracts. SYJA is starting a new social enterprise that will offer a mobile steam car washing service primarily at corporate parking lots. Profits from this new enterprise will help build the sustainability of their pre-employment programs.

A grant from Central City Foundation donors was used to purchase equipment for the mobile carwash and help them start up this new enterprise.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Family Services of Greater Vancouver

http://www.fsgv.ca/programpages/youthservices/streetyouthjobaction-directionsyouthservicescentre.html

For more on how our community partners benefit from our grants, read some of their stories.

 

2010 Grants

The Kivan ClubThe Learning Disabilities Association VancouverBC Women's Hospital & Health CentreDowntown Eastside Women's CentreThe Dugout Drop-In CentreAunt Leah's Kiwassa Neighbourhood HousePacifica Treatment Centre SocietyVancouver Second Mile SocietyYWCA Crabtree HousingMission PossibleAboriginal Mother CentreJustRenos

The Kivan Club

Serving Nutritious Food, Hope and Opportunities

The Kivan Club serves Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant community, where 36% of residents are considered low-income and 24% of families are lead by a single parent. Their mission is to provide a safe, supportive place where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills. No one is ever turned away due to their inability to pay, ensuring that cost is not a barrier for these children.

A grant from Central City Foundation allowed the Kivan Club to renovate their kitchen so that they can meet the ever-increasing demand for their food security programs, feeding upwards of 80 children and youth each day who may not otherwise receive nutritious food. The renovated kitchen helps children develop skills and knowledge about healthy eating, food preparation and nutrition.

Central City support has allowed the Kivan Club to renovate their kitchen so that they can meet the ever increasing demand for their food security programs

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vancouver

http://www.bgcbc.ca/what-we-do/clubs/kivan-club/

The Learning Disabilities Association Vancouver

Tutoring for Low-Income Families

Established in 1970 by a small group of concerned parents, LDAV has grown to assist some 4,000 Vancouver children aged 5 to17 with learning disabilities. In 1991, LDAV became the first and only tutoring program in Vancouver for economically challenged families requiring tutoring for their children. Reports show that 35% of students with learning disabilities drop out of secondary school, which is twice the rate of non-learning disabled students. Supporting children in the early learning development stages is a step towards making healthier children, families and communities.

With a 43% increase in requests for assistance from low income families, Central City Foundation provided a grant to help LDAV renovate its Resource Centre, adding another 32 more spaces for tutoring.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and The Learning Disabilities Association Vancouver

http://www.ldav.ca/

BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre

A Garden to Help in the Healing Process

The Fir Square Program at BC Women’s Hospital and Health Centre is the first combined care maternity unit in Canada, providing inpatient prenatal and postpartum care to women working to stabilize or withdraw from drug and alcohol abuse. The 12 bed unit cares for between 100-150 women and their babies, giving them the support they need to make a new life.

As an improvement to the hospital environment, the Health Garden Project was created and has since transformed the formerly drab concrete patio area (devoid of any greenery) into a beautiful outdoor space. Recognizing the importance of regular contact with nature, Central City Foundation was pleased to provide a grant to create the Healing Garden — a place where women and newborns can benefit from the beauty and therapeutic value that a garden can offer.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and BC Women’s Fir Square Maternity Unit

http://www.bcwomens.ca/Services/PregnancyBirthNewborns/HospitalCare/SubstanceUsePregnancy.htm

Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre

Protecting the Basic Necessities

Protecting and providing for women and children in crisis, the DEWC has been a critical refuge for 30 years. Experiencing high levels of violence, homelessness, addictions and poverty, DEWC offers vulnerable women and children living in the Downtown Eastside the basic necessities of life. At the heart of DEWC’s operation is its kitchen where, with the help of a team of volunteers, 300 daily lunches, plus bi-weekly breakfasts and suppers are served.

The high volume at DEWC led to significant wear and tear of the kitchen equipment. A grant from CCF has purchased equipment including an industrial fridge, freezer and coffee machine, ensuring that DEWC continues to be a reliable safe haven for women and children needing support.

Learn more about Central City Foundation working with the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre.

http://www.dewc.ca/

The Dugout Drop-In Centre

A Living Room on the Downtown Eastside

The Dugout Drop-In Centre provides an essential and well-utilized community service on the Downtown Eastside. Much more than a soup kitchen, the Centre offers daily outreach, advocacy, one-to-one counselling and daily AA programming. In addition to structured programs, the Dugout serves as the living room for many who live in Single Room (SRO) as well as the many homeless who visit regularly.

Without the help of Central City Foundation and its donors, the Dugout would cease to operate, leaving a tremendous void in the community.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and the Dugout Drop-In Centre

Aunt Leah’s Independent Lifeskills Society

Housing and Support for At-Risk Mothers and Their Babies.

Aunt Leah’s has over 22 years experience helping prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless and mothers in need from losing custody of their children. To support them on their journey of self-sufficiency, Aunt Leah’s provides supported housing, job training and coaching on essential life skills. Many of these women have been homeless and may have had experiences with addiction, abuse or the sex trade. They face the very real threat of having their children taken into government care if they cannot secure safe housing and obtain extra support for parenting and life skills.

With funding from Central City Foundation, Aunt Leah’s has furnished two suites for vulnerable teen moms and their new babies with barriers to independent living. These suites, their home while in the program, can have a profound effect on their sense of hope, self esteem and safety.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Aunt Leah’s

www.auntleahs.org

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House

Supportive Programs and Nourishment for Low-Income Families

Kiwassa Kiwassa Neighbourhood House provides a wide-variety of community services and programs in northeast Vancouver, reaching children, youth, seniors and families with an emphasis on the needs of the socially, economically and culturally disadvantaged, including many new immigrants and aboriginal families. They provide programs and services that educate and empower people so that they may participate productively in our community.

Central City Foundation support has allowed Kiwassa to replace their stove and oven range so that they can continue to cook and serve approximately 450 meals and 250 snacks per week through their food security programs which are a key component of their services. As well, new carpeting ensures a clean, welcoming and healthy place for program participants to visit.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Kiwassa Neighbourhood House

www.kiwassa.ca

Pacifica Treatment Centre Society

A Healthy Environment to Recover From Addiction

Pacifica Treatment Centre’s mission is to promote health and recovery from addiction through treatment, education and support that strengthens individuals, families and communities. As one of the oldest co-ed accredited and licensed drug treatment centres in the Lower Mainland, Pacifica plays a critical role in the continuum of services for drug treatment in Vancouver.

A grant from Central City Foundation helped Pacifica to paint the hallways and stairwells of their women’s and men’s residences so that they can provide a well-kept, healthy environment to improve the therapeutic process and their clients’ ability to focus on their journey to health and healing.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Pacifica Treatment Centre Society

www.pacificatreatment.ca

Downtown Eastside Seniors’ Centre

A Safe and Welcoming Place for Our Elders

Vancouver Second Mile Society is the oldest senior’s organization in Vancouver, with a mandate to serve isolated, low income seniors and people with disabilities who reside in poverty. VSMS provides a safe, quiet “living room” with social and educational activities to counteract isolation, as well as low-cost nutritional meals, access to information, and access to advocacy and other resources.

A grant from Central City Foundation has allowed Vancouver Second Mile Society to replace their worn-out furniture and refrigeration equipment. These improvements will provide an improved and cleaner environment, and ensure food safety for their low-cost nutritional meal program.Vancouver Second Mile Society

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Vancouver Second Mile Society

www.vsms.ca

YWCA Crabtree Housing

Homes for Pregnant Women and New Mothers Overcoming Substance Abuse and Poverty

YWCA Vancouver’s mission is to build better futures for women and their families through advocacy and integrated services that foster economic independence, wellness and equal opportunities. Their Crabtree housing provides 12 units of stable housing in the Downtown Eastside along with supports for pregnant women and new mothers dealing with addiction. The women, who can stay for up to 18 months, receive support with addiction recovery, and learn parenting and life skills such as budgeting and anger management. All Crabtree Corner residents live well below the poverty line, are at risk of homelessness and ninety percent have experienced violence in their lives. As well as helping to keep families together and to rebuild them, the results of Crabtree’s services will mean reduced future demands on health and social services.

A grant from Central City Foundation allowed YMCA Vancouver to replace worn-old furnishings in these homes.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and YWCA Crabtree Housing

www.ywcavan.org

MP Enterprises

Meaningful Employment For Healthier Lives

Mission Possible is committed to delivering meaningful work, housing and support to those experiencing homelessness, poverty and addiction. In 2009, a new social enterprise named MP Enterprises was launched with the goal of creating flexible and supported employment opportunities. This property maintenance business now delivers services such as graffiti removal, window cleaning and painting.

A grant from Central City Foundation helped purchase an industrial steam cleaner, which enabled MP Enterprises to grow while serving its community. The new cleaner allows MP Enterprises to bid on larger contracts and situate themselves profitably in the market place. Central City Foundation and Mission Possible build hope

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Mission Possible

www.mission-possible.ca

Aboriginal Mother Centre

Safe and Aboriginal-Led Housing For Homeless Mothers and Children

Lu’ma Native Housing Society’s mandate is to build, operate and provide safe, affordable housing to Aboriginal families in Vancouver. Their new Aboriginal Mother Centre provides transitional housing for pre and post-natal homeless mothers, intergenerational programs for parenting and life-skills, healthy food and healthcare along with daycare and employment training. Young single Aboriginal mothers are the poorest and most marginalized group of Canadians with more than 75% of Aboriginal single-parent mothers living in poverty.

A grant from Central City Foundation enabled Lu’ma to furnish 16 culturally appealing transitional housing units, which will make participants feel valued at home with their babies. This support is having a life-changing impact on these children and their mothers.

Aboriginal Mother Centre

Learn more about Central City Foundation and the Aboriginal Mother’s Centre

http://lnhs.ca/current-projects/

JustRenos

Jobs and Support for Individuals Facing Barriers to Work

JustWork’s mission is to foster gainful, dignified employment opportunities for individuals facing major barriers to work. JustRenos is a social enterprise which operates two crews conducting a full range of interior renovations along with hard-scaping projects.

A grant from Central City Foundation enabled JustRenos to replace their 23-year-old van, which was on its last leg. The van is used every weekday to transport workers and building materials, and to haul debris from job sites to recycling centres.

JustWork and Central City Foundation build hope

Learn more about Central City Foundation and JustRenos

http://www.justwork.ca/our-social-enterprises.html

For more on how our community partners benefit from our grants, read some of their stories.

 

2009 Grants

Kiwassa Neighbourhood HouseKimount ClubTake a Hike - Youth at Risk FoundationUrban Native Youth AssociationMount Pleasant Neighbourhood HouseDowntown Eastside Neighbourhood HouseWISH Wellness CentreKinbraceAtira Women’s Resource SocietyThe DugoutThe KettleUnited We Can411 Seniors CentreHope in ShadowsW2 Café at Woodward’s

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House

Growing with the Community

Kiwassa has provided a wide variety of community services and programs in northeast Vancouver since 1949, with an emphasis on the special needs of the socially and economically disadvantaged including many new immigrants and aboriginal families. These services include food security programs, youth leadership and recreation, family support and counseling, seniors’ health and wellness, and Aboriginal programs.

A grant from Central City Foundation helped Kiwassa replace the original 17-year-old carpeting in their always-busy activity areas with new marmoleum flooring that is very durable, easy to clean and safe for the children and families that play there.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Kiwassa Neighbourhood House

www.kiwassa.ca

Kimount Club

Nourishing and Nurturing Inner City Children

With up to 70 energetic children and youth attending the Kimount Club’s after-school and evening programs daily, staff members are kept very busy. Their duties previously included up to three hours of hand-washing dishes after each meal. Kimount has partnered with the Kidsafe Project Society to run nutritional programs for children and youth as well as full-day programs on professional days and spring, winter and summer breaks to ensure they have a safe and nurturing place to go when school is not in session.

A grant from Central City Foundation helped the Kimount Club buy and install an industrial dishwasher so that staff can clean and sanitize dishes more efficiently and effectively, with more time to give the children the care and attention they need and deserve.

thumbs-up-kids

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Kimount Club

www.bgc-gv.bc.ca

Take a Hike – Youth at Risk Foundation

High School Graduation and a Positive Future

Take a Hike (TAH) empowers at-risk youth who struggle with personal issues such as drug and alcohol addiction, physical and mental abuse, low self-esteem, depression, unstable homes and trauma, to choose a different life path. Take a Hike supports those at risk of not completing high school. With their combination of academic, therapeutic, adventure-based and community involved learning programs, the program serves 40 students per year in grades 10 – 12. Peter, one of TAH’s counselors, explains how “the wilderness is the setting where the facade is stripped away and the students experience the core of themselves. It is a healing balm for the pain that they feel on a daily basis.”

A grant from Central City Foundation helped Take a Hike purchase a van and trailer so that these students can be transported to the wilderness for their weekly adventure-based learning activities and multi-day expeditions.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation

www.takeahikefoundation.org

Urban Native Youth Association

Safe, Healthy and Positive Lives for Urban Aboriginal Youth

Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) was formed in 1988 when growing numbers of youth began leaving reserves for the city. Many continue to move to the city with few job skills, minimal training or education, and little or no knowledge of where to go for help. Today, approximately 60% of the Native population lives in urban settings, and 60% of the overall Native population is under the age of 25. UNYA supports these growing numbers of vulnerable Aboriginal youth by providing a solid continuum of advocacy, preventive and support services in a safe, healthy and positive environment through 18 preventative programs.

A grant from Central City Foundation helped UNYA purchase and install a basic elevator for their newly renovated building so that all youth have access to the facilities.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and UNYA

unya.yikesite.com 

Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

Safety and Support for Seniors, Children, Youth, and Families.
MPNH

Imagine a place where 60 seniors come to learn line dancing from an 82-year-old Vietnamese man while others are enjoying a low cost lunch, ESL conversation clubs and many other programs. This is a snapshot of what the Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House (MPNH) has provided to its diverse community since 1977. Mount Pleasant’s residents are diverse, made up of 39% are immigrants, 17% single parent families, 32% living below the low income cut-off rate, and the third largest Aboriginal urban population in the Vancouver area.

A grant from Central City Foundation donors funded flooring replacement for Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House’s preschool, daycare and youth space, improving safety as well as comfort for children and youth utilizing this community’s “living room.”

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Mt. Pleasant Neighbourhood House

www.anhgv.org

Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House

Space and Opportunities for Families

The DTES Neighbourhood House works to address the most urgent needs of our inner city, providing programming, and educational, leadership, social and recreational opportunities to residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. With over 8,000 DTES residents utilizing the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House (DTESNH) programs in their 824-square foot storefront in a single year, the neighbourhood house realized they need additional programming space.

A grant from Central City Foundation donors covered a portion of the renovation costs for a second storefront, which was secured to provide essential space for the Family Drop-In program serving scores of under-housed families in need in the inner city. Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House

Learn more about Central City Foundation and DTES Neighbourhood House

WISH Wellness Centre

Acceptance and Support for Women Survival Sex Trade Workers

Since 1984, WISH has provided a range of unique services and programs to increase the health, safety and well-being of women who work in the survival sex trade in Vancouver. Approximately 97 women use the drop-in services each night, accessing home-cooked meals (34,000  per year), showers, clinical nursing services, literacy programs, financial aid counseling and harm-reduction services.

A grant from Central City Foundation helped WISH build a storage shed so they could accept surplus donations of food and personal care items as well as store materials and tools for their Safety Patrol. This storage is important as it ensures WISH can have continuous availability of donated supplies since the in-kind donations they receive are cyclical in nature.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and WISH

www.wish-vancouver.net

Kinbrace

Welcoming and Supporting Refugees

Kinbrace collaborates with government and non-government organizations on various creative initiatives aimed at better assisting refugee claimants. At the heart of their welcome for these new neighbours in need is a practice of eating together in two community houses. Cooking, eating, cleaning and talking together helps participants overcome isolation and build relationships that can be transformative. In fact, years after leaving Kinbrace, past residents will return for a meal, connect with new residents, and provide invaluable links to the community, including jobs, housing, leads, and new friends.

The grant from Central City Foundation provided kitchen equipment and custom-built furniture to be used in an extensively renovated communal kitchen and dining facility for these two houses.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Kinbrace

http://kinbrace.ca

Atira Women’s Resource Society

Homes For Elder Women in the Inner City

Kye7e (pronounced “Key-ya-h”) House or Grandmother House was opened in February 2009 by Atira Women’s Resource Society. The project is directed at providing new housing for elder women in the Downtown Eastside, a particularly at-risk group of women who generally do not do well in large co-ed single room hotels, as they are subject to exploitation and violence. The smaller size of this building provides a quieter and more family-like home for women who, because of poverty, stigma and lack of choice, are often stuck in larger buildings. Support staff are on site for a couple hours a day to provide support and referrals to women who need them.

A grant from Central City Foundation made it possible to undertake the necessary renovations to repurpose this 12-unit rooming house back into its original use after years of occupancy as offices.

Kye7e Housing

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Atira Women’s Resource Society

www.atira.bc.ca

The Dugout

A Warm, Safe and Welcoming Place for Inner City Residents

The Dugout Drop-In Centre serves three meals to over 200 people a day and is the only soup kitchen serving breakfast seven days a week. Their approach is to provide shelter and services to neighbours for whom supportive housing is too threatening and who are uncomfortable with even the minimal-barrier shelters, by providing an “indoor park” with a sense of community and homeliness. At the Dugout individuals can also seek advocacy, referrals and basic one-to-one counseling. The Dugout seeks to be a warm, safe, welcoming place where inner city residents can relax, visit or play card with friends, fostering a sense of community.

Central City Foundation, one of the founding organizations involved with the Dugout, continues to provide an annual grant to provide provisions to the centre for the coming year.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and the Dugout Drop In Centre

The Kettle

Making a Difference in the Lives of Individuals Living with Mental Illness

The Kettle provides individuals living with mental illness and other challenges with housing support, food programs, on-site medical support, clothing, recreational rehab, employment and training as well as community advocacy 365 days a year. Their community services approach, based on an empowerment model, involves supporting individuals to build self-esteem and then give options for rehabilitation and recovery. The Kettle provides life skills training, social-recreational activities and a meal program, and works with the community to help break down stigma around mental illness.

A grant from Central City Foundation donors allowed the Kettle to replace the aging flooring in their very busy drop-in centre.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and The Kettle Friendship Society

United We Can

Income and Dignity for Binners

United We Can’s (UWC) social enterprise bottle depot receives and recycles 20 million containers per year, running its daily operations on a self-funded basis from the resulting fee revenue. United We Can is an important source of income to approximately 700 “binners” who come to the depot each day. The majority of these individuals live in single room occupancy hotels on fixed incomes, many have addiction and health problems and some are homeless.

A grant from Central City Foundation donors allowed United We Can to replace the scraped-together donations of old desks, furniture and plywood with new stainless steel sorting stations, shelves, and equipment including an electronic forklift and a point of sale system. We are delighted to support the Recycling Centre’s organizational capacity to ensure their long-term sustainability.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and United We Can

www.unitedwecan.ca

411 Seniors Centre Thrift Store

A Safe and Inviting Thrift Store with Numerous Community Benefits

The 411 Seniors Centre Thrift Store is a social enterprise that benefits individuals and the community at large. Its customers, seniors and other community members have access to low-cost items such as donated books, clothing and household items. Community members are given volunteer opportunities to gain experience in running a retail social enterprise. Finally, all profits earned by the Thrift Store are used to support the programs of the 411 Seniors Centre, which include information and referrals, outreach and counselling for seniors, fitness programs, language and drop in activities and celebrations that highlight the diversity of our community.

A grant from Central City Foundation donors was used to purchase shelving, window blinds, dressing room construction, security devices and other much needed equipment to make this Thrift store more safe and inviting.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and the 411 Seniors Centre Society

www.411seniors.bc.ca

Hope in Shadows

Employment and Empowerment for the Community

Hope in Shadows is an empowerment and employment initiative for marginalized individuals.  Each year, residents line up for hours for a chance to get one of 200 black and white disposable cameras so that they can spend the next three days capturing images of their neighbours and neighbourhood to submit to the Hope in Shadows annual photo competition. The photos from these cameras are posted for the Downtown Eastside community to vote on, and 12 of the best images are published in the Hope in Shadows calendar. This project provides essential and rewarding employment for more than 220 vendors, all of whom are low income with multiple barriers to employment, who sell the calendars on the street. These vendors keep $10 of the $20 cover price, resulting in earnings totaling $131,000 in 2008 from book and calendar sales.

A new car purchased with a grant from Central City Foundation donors has allowed the project to continue to expand, with an increase in distribution of the calendars as well as other services provided by Hope in Shadows and Pivot Legal Services.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Hope in Shadows

www.hopeinshadows.com

W2 Café at Woodward’s

Employment and Economic Development in the Downtown Eastside

W2 Café provides employment and economic development for the Downtown Eastside and a welcoming haven and gathering place for local residents, artists, students and Woodward’s tenants. This media and creative hub builds upon existing strengths in the neighbourhood through member organizations and will be a central element in the creative district emerging in the DTES. The people and organizations involved in W2 are adept and engaged in working with people from a wide range of marginalized populations. They bring core skills of organizing and running democratic community-driven programs and events. DTES residents will be assured of walk-in access to training and production systems for media and community arts production.

A grant from Central City Foundation donors was used for much-needed equipment, including an essential point of sales system and signage, for the 100-seat W2 Café.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and W2 Café at Woodward’s

www.creativetechnology.org

For more on how our community partners benefit from our grants, read some of their stories.

 

2008 Grants

Aunt Leah’s Independent Lifeskills SocietyHastings-Tillicum Community SchoolWalk Bravely Forward SocietyLu’s PharmacyBattered Women’s Support ServicesThe Dugout Talitha Koum SocietyDowntown Eastside Women’s CentreWISH Dropin CentreDowntown Eastside Youth Activities SocietyUrban Promise

Aunt Leah’s Independent Lifeskills Society

Support for Mothers in Need and Teens at Risk of Homelessness

Aunt Leah’s helps prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless and mothers in need from losing custody of their children. To support them on their journey of self-sufficiency, Aunt Leah’s provides supported housing, job training and coaching on essential life skills. Many of these women have been homeless and may have had experiences with addiction, abuse or the sex trade. They face the very real threat of having their children taken into government care if they cannot secure safe housing and obtain extra support for parenting and life skills.

A grant from Central City Foundation donors made it possible to fill Aunt Leah’s urgent need to upgrade their computer server. This essential office equipment enables Aunt Leah’s to continue to operate efficiently.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Aunt Leah’s

www.auntleahs.org

Hastings-Tillicum Community School

After-School Supervision and Skills Development for Inner City Kids

The Kids First program at Hastings-Tillicum Community School provides academic and social/emotional development for inner city children who would otherwise be left unsupervised during the after-school hours. The program involves some 60 children from kindergarten to grade 7 on a daily basis. Kids First also encourages the development of social skills, which is especially important for English as a Second language children who have few opportunities outside of school to practice English in an informal, risk-free setting. This program is also a safe place where kids can take healthy risks and be involved in activities that will encourage them to direct their lives in positive ways.

A grant from Central City Foundation donors helped replace the program’s 11-year-old office equipment, which is also used by school staff, children, parents and community members who are involved in this program.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Hastings-Tillicum Community School

Walk Bravely Forward Society

From Criminal Behaviour to Positive Social Contribution

This small registered charity is run by one staff member and a strong team of Métis community volunteers and elders. The society works with Métis, Aboriginal, and some non-Aboriginal  clients, ensuring that offenders have the means to make the transition from criminal behaviour to positive social contribution. The program ensures cultural relevance by integrating Traditional Aboriginal Culture, including the use of the sweat lodge or long house, smudging, and sharing and healing circles alongside other healing elements such as alcohol and drug rehabilitation and peer counselling. With much to overcome, including intergenerational affects of the residential school system, this society boosts these individuals, their families and their communities, ending the criminal cycle that would otherwise persist from generation to generation.

With your generosity, Central City Foundation funds purchased a computer to help increase the society’s ability to expand the crucial help and ongoing support for family members planning for the return of a formerly incarcerated family member.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Walk Bravely Forward Society

www.walkbravelyforward.com

Lu’s Pharmacy

Improving the Well-Being of Women in the Downtown Eastside

When the Vancouver Women’s Health Collective was faced with cuts in provincial and health authority funding, they determined a social enterprise in the form of a pharmacy for women would meet their need to generate income while also meeting a need in the community. Their extensive research indicated that women in the Downtown Eastside are not accessing health care at levels to match the demographics of the area as women don’t feel safe in many of the pharmacies, the majority of which are focused on dispensing methadone.

Central City Foundation responded to this need by funding for the development of ‘Lu’s: A Pharmacy for Women’ located in the retail space of CCF’s Cosmopolitan Hotel at 29 West Hastings Street. The Pharmacy will be more like a wellness centre as it will also house the current services of VWHC, providing a unique combination of a pharmacy, primary care from health practitioners, and health information services. Women who live, work and study in the area are welcome and encouraged to utilize the services at Lu’s, and by doing so, support a social enterprise that is improving the well-being of women in the Downtown Eastside.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Vancouver Women’s Health Collective

www.womenshealthcollective.ca

Battered Women’s Support Services

Ending Violence Against Women

Battered Women’s Support Services provides counselling, systemic advocacy, community education and violence prevention for women in the inner city. Their retail stores provide hours of vocational training for women every year, generate one third of BWSS’s annual budget and also serve as a first point of contact for women in the community who are dealing with violence in their own relationships.

A grant from Central City Foundation donors was used to purchase a van to support four important BWSS programs. The van is used for critical outreach services to women in the downtown area who have suffered violence, been confined to hospital or shut in as the result of a terminal illness including untreated HIV or a disability. It is also used to transport clothing and household items around the community.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and BWSS

www.bwss.org

The Dugout Drop-In Centre Society

Bringing People Together in a Supportive Environment

The Dugout offers not only a hot breakfast seven days a week, but also a living room, outreach, advocacy, counselling, and a daily AA meeting for more than 600 of our secluded and marginalized neighbours. While meeting their urgent needs, these programs bring isolated people together in a supportive, community environment.

Central City Foundation’s support provides operational funding for this critical community resource and its programs, including supplies and provisions for the soup kitchen. With these funds, approximately 700 people receive support, food, friendship and relief from their isolation each day.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and the Dugout Drop In Centre

Talitha Koum Society

Rehabilitation for Women in the Inner City

The Talitha Koum Society has three residential houses dedicated to rehabilitating and supporting women of the downtown area who have a history of substance abuse, poverty, lack of education and incarceration. One of the houses is dedicated to supporting women who have children or are expecting a child either through pregnancy or the result of their efforts to regain custody of their children previously taken into care. Up to 25 women pass through Talitha Koum houses every year with the help of staff and community volunteers. They address dependence and helplessness by promoting healing and self-esteem through non-judgemental acceptance and respect, and emphasize family reconciliation with the family as a partner in the treatment process whenever possible.

A grant from Central City Foundation allowed for the repairs and upkeep of the three houses, enabling the society to continue supporting women and families in the inner city.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Talitha Koum

Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre Association

Security and Support for Women Escaping Violence or At-Risk of Homelessness

The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre offers a drop-in centre seven days per week for women escaping violence or at the risk of homelessness. The Centre’s mission is to provide basic needs and promote positive change for women and children in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. They provide practical support to over 300 women and children daily to survive the conditions of ill health and violence that surround them. They work to provide security and support to encourage women to make long-term change by identifying and removing barriers to full participation in the larger community.

A grant from Central City Foundation donors provided crucial funds to renovate the existing bathroom and shower facilities (increasing the number of showers and toilets by 30%) and to add a community laundry facility for the residents of the area.

Learn more about Central City Foundation working with the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre.

www.dewc.ca

Wish Drop-in Centre Society

Health, Safety and Well-Being for Women

The WISH Drop-In Centre’s mission is to increase the health, safety, and well-being of women involved in the survival sex trade in the Downtown Eastside. Approximately 450 women come to this drop-in centre each week seeking a safe and warm place where they can attend to their basic needs, including a hot meal, shower, clothing and referrals for healthcare, shelter and detox support. A study of the health needs of the WISH Drop-in Centre called the MAKA Project determined that 26% of women reported being HIV positive, 67% reported HCV positive, 65% live in single room accommodations, shelters and on the street. 65% of the women interviewed entered the sex trade before they were 18.

Central City Foundation funds are being put to good use to furnish the new WISH Wellness Centre, which will be open 24 hours a day to ensure women will always be able to find help and support in the community when they need it. This wellness centre will include a Women’s Health Clinic run in partnership with the BC Centre for Disease Control, BC Cancer Agency and BC Women’s Hospital.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and WISH

www.wish-vancouver.net

Downtown Eastside Youth Activities Society

Changing the Future of Inner City Youth

DEYAS, founded in 1983, provides programs and services for youth who are homeless, addicted and/or street entrenched. This society estimates that there are over 500 homeless youth in the downtown eastside, 20% of them are third generation homeless. “Change the Future” is a unique prevention program that encourages youth from across the lower mainland to come together with inner city youth to discuss and receive live testimonies about life on the street and drug addiction. They use prevention exercises that are relevant, thought-provoking and entertaining to ensure the youth are interested and engaged.

A grant from Central City Foundation made it possible for DEYAS to purchase a new van, which will be used to facilitate this program as well as other related outreach programs they run in the community—providing meals to youth on the street, for example. These programs give outreach workers the chance to build rapport and develop trusting relationships individuals in need of guidance and support.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Downtown Eastside Youth Activities Society

www.deyas.org

Urban Promise

An Energizing and Encouraging After-School Environment

Urban Promise provides after-school programs and summer day camps for elementary aged school children who would otherwise be vulnerable during these times. It provides a safe place for these children to do homework, receive food and make friends in a fun and caring environment. The Executive Director of Urban Promise describes his experience: “After years of working with children and youth, I continue to be energized and encouraged by the potential that I see in them. We have the opportunity to see children from as young as age six to staff in their late twenties blossom and begin to shine as they identify and realize their potential.”

A grant from Central City Foundation made it possible for Urban Promise to purchase a laptop computer and camcorder which will be used by facility staff to document their programs. It will further enable the installment of a recreational kitchen which will be used by the children  at the centre.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Urban Promise

Urban Promise

For more on how our community partners benefit from our grants, read some of their stories.

 

2007 Grants

Take a Hike Youth at Risk FoundationHastings-Tillicum Community SchoolUrban Native Youth AssociationUrban PromiseGather and GiveDowntown Eastside Neighbourhood HouseThe Westcoast Mental Health Network SocietyCommunity of HopeAtira Women’s Resource SocietyKiwassa Neighbourhood HouseH.A.V.E Culinary Training SocietyJustWork Economic InitiativeDowntown Eastside Women’s CentreYWCA Crabtree Housing VancouverTradeworks Training SocietyPotluck Café Society

Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation

Engaging At-Risk Youth Through Outdoor Adventure

Take a Hike engages at-risk youth through a unique combination of outdoor adventure-based learning, academics, counselling, and community involvement.  Take a Hike enrols 40 students per year and the graduation rate for these students is 87% compared to the provincial high-school graduation rate of 77%. Since joining the program, students in all grades have demonstrated measurable improvement in their self-esteem, communication, as well as their connection to school and ability to manage stress. Students have also provided over 1,820 hours of volunteer service to the community as part of this program.

A grant from Central City Foundation donors helped Take a Hike purchase new equipment such as kayaks, outdoor apparel and essential camping gear. Proper outdoor gear is key to keeping the youth safe and allowing them to focus on overcoming personal challenges and developing positive behaviours.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation

Hastings-Tillicum Community School

A Sense of Belonging After School

The Kids First after school program at Hastings-Tillicum Community School provides inner city children with the opportunity to identify personal interests, talents and attributes in a nurturing environment, helping them develop both academic and life skills. The program also provides the students with focus, direction and a sense of belonging. The school has found the program has benefited the students greatly, giving them a stronger connection to their school, community and caring adults.

A grant from Central City Foundation was used to purchase the equipment needed to expand this school’s Kids First program, providing a safe and supportive environment for children who are left unsupervised in the hours following their school days.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Hastings-Tillicum Community School

hastings.vsb.bc.ca

Urban Native Youth Association

Culturally Relevant Programming and Support for Native Youth

The Urban Native Youth Association delivers a wide range of services that help Native youth to meet their immediate and long-term needs. Youth are consulted in the development of new programs and services, as the Association believes that youth are the experts in their own lives and are in the best position to bring forward youth issues. They strive to have at least 4 of 9 board positions filled by Native Youth.

As limited or no access to transportation is a significant barrier for many Aboriginal youth and families, Central City Foundation provided a grant to enable this association to purchase a much-needed 15-passenger van. This van is being used to give Aboriginal youth access to culturally relevant programming, workshops, recreational activities, one-to-one support and transportation to other resources in the community that helps them develop skills for safer, healthier lives.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and UNYA

www.unya.bc.ca

Urban Promise

Developing Skills for Growth and Achievement

The objective of Urban Promise’s program is to teach children and young adults the skills necessary for academic achievement, life skills, spiritual growth and leadership. Their goal is to provide a safe place for children to receive food, work on their homework, participate in recreational activities, develop friendships and have fun in a caring environment. As many as 100 children and 40 youth leaders are involved in the After School program and 450 children and youth attend their six week Summer Day camps each year.

A Central City Foundation grant helped Urban Promise purchase canopies, cooking and recreational equipment for each of their four camp sites (aptly named Camp Peace, Grace, Hope and Joy) of the After School and Summer day camp programs. They also purchased new computers to allow participants access for homework and other skill-building activities.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Urban Promise

Gather and Give

Providing Essentials for Low-Income Families

Gather and Give makes an effort to support volunteers with developmental disabilities who are seeking work related experience and skills development. These volunteers prepare “Home Essential Kits” for low income families starting over in new homes and run winter programs serving over 2,000 people a year with gloves, toques, coats and other essentials on a seasonal basis. They estimate 60 starter kits go out each month to help people get back on their feet. More than 80 front-line organizations in the Greater Vancouver area use their services.

A grant from Central City Foundation donors helped Gather and Give purchase a safer van so that they could continue their much needed services. Gather and Give is now deploying their new 2006 Express Cargo Van to pick up winter clothing and household goods and re-distribute them to the people in need in the inner city of Vancouver. Their van is integral to their ability to collect previously loved items to be re-used that may have otherwise ended up in the landfill.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Gather and Give

www.gatherandgive.org

Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House

Dignity Through Nourishment

Staff at the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House have witnessed first-hand how people feel inherently better about themselves as well as the world at large when they are presented with creatively prepared and warmly offered food. They are committed to a “Food Vision” which includes preparing healthy whole foods purchased from local sources and using the offering of food as an opportunity to reflect on participants’ inherent dignity and right to quality food. The Neighbourhood House also provides a warm and clean space for the development of community and outreach programs such as arts and healing workshops. But until help came from Central City Foundation, the DENH was using a two-burner hot plate and a very old fridge in a small space to facilitate their nutritional food services and programs.

Central City Foundation is pleased to have helped the DENH renovate their kitchen so that they can continue to nourish the community’s health and social well being, serving more than 200 highly vulnerable members.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and DTES Neighbourhood House

www.gnh.vcn.bc.ca

The Westcoast Mental Health Network Society

Self-Expression and Creativity for Mental Health

The Westcoast Mental Health Network Society provides a great expressive avenue for its members to explore and share their creativity. This non-profit organization also runs a community education program, a yoga group, sacred circle and recreational groups. The Society, a place run by and for people who have been through the mental health system, also provides members with access to a computer, internet and a library.

A grant from Central City Foundation enabled the Vancouver/Richmond Mental Health Network to purchase a laptop computer and a laser printer to assist with the administration needs of this growing society so that they can continue to meet the demand for their services.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and The Vancouver/Richmond Mental Health Network Society

www.vcn.bc.ca/vrmhn

Community of Hope

A Welcoming Community Environment

Community of Hope runs the only dedicated soup kitchen for the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. This group also provides services as a drop-in centre for at-risk youth, urban Aboriginals, immigrants and low income residents for this area as well as the Grandview and Downtown Eastside communities.

A grant from Central City Foundation donors made it possible to renovate Community of Hope’s building with office spaces for free medical check-ups and professional counselling services. The new Community Room is a safe place for foster families to spend time together and is also where ESL classes and after-school care activities are held. The renovation also included building a three-bedroom temporary women’s shelter. Seeing the building change from an older, run-down building into a clean, brighter, more welcoming environment has helped people see at is their own.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Community of Hope

Atira Women’s Resource Society

Ending Violence Against Women

Atira Women’s Resource Society is a not-for-profit organization committed to the work of ending violence against women through providing direct services and increasing awareness of and education around the scope and impact on our communities of men’s violence against women and children. Atira’s Bridge Housing for Women offers 36 independent units of long-term, supported housing for women, including eight suites designated for women with significant mental health diagnoses. Staff are on site seven days a week and provide one-to-one support, referrals, resource information and advocacy. A variety of support groups and activities are available on site.

When faced with a bed bug infestation that meant having to remove all of the furniture and residents’ belongings at the Bridge Housing for Women, Atira asked for the Central City Foundation’s help. We responded with a matching grant of $15,000 which was used to purchase dining sets and loveseats for each of the affected units as well as care packages for each resident.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Atira Women’s Resource Society

www.atira.bc.ca

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House

Supporting Children, Youth and Families

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House has provided a wide-variety of community services and programs in East Vancouver since 1949, reaching children, youth, and families, with an emphasis on the special needs of the socially, economically, and culturally disadvantaged, including many new immigrants and aboriginal families.

Before Central City Foundation provided a grant to upgrade the server and computer network at Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, this organization was experiencing frequent server crashes and were hindered by their outdated computer server and tired network.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Kiwassa Neighbourhood House

www.kiwassa.bc.ca

H.A.V.E Culinary Training Society

Reducing Barriers to Employment

H.A.V.E. Culinary Training Society provides culinary training and employment placement for the Downtown Eastside and Strathcona residents who face significant barriers to employment. Their goal is to have 40 participants per year complete the eight-week program that transforms participants into confident cooks. By partnering with the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association, H.A.V.E. is changing individual’s lives by providing certified training and connecting graduates with stable employment. In turn, the non-profit restaurant and catering business is also improving the overall economic development of the Downtown Eastside community.

A grant from Central City Foundation was used to purchase the essential kitchen equipment to provide a genuine workplace training experience for residents.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and H.A.V.E Culinary Training Society

www.have-cafe.ca

JustWork Economic Initiative

Instruction, Support and Opportunities for Individuals in the Inner City

Justwork is a great example of the benefits of social enterprise at both the individual and community levels. Its social entreprise, JustPotters, provides instruction, support and employment opportunities for individuals in the inner city who face barriers to employment such as homelessness, mental illness, addiction and physical disabilities. Recently one of their hand-built mugs was purchased at a sale at the Britannia Community Centre in their Commercial Drive neighbourhood. The purchaser went directly to a coffee shop nearby and pulled out the mug. The coffee shop owner was so excited upon seeing the mug that he contacted JustPotters and ordered some for use in his shop.

Pottery and clay can be recycled by a machine that is humbly called a “pug mill.” A grant from Central City Foundation donors helped Justwork purchase this essential pottery equipment as well as other items such as a kiln. JustPotters also shares this equipment with TPH Studio, a drop-in program for individuals in the Grandview-Woodlands neighbourhood who do not have access to creative space due to economic and social barriers. This drop-in program focuses is on community building through artistic expression.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Justwork

www.justwork.ca

Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre

A Place of Refuge and Resources

Women make up 40% of the population in the Downtown Eastside yet there are few services that are relevant and accessible to them. The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre is one of the only safe places in the inner city specifically and exclusively for women. For the past 30 years, they have been providing essential services to more than 300 women and children every day of the week.

With your help, Central City Foundation has provided a grant that will assist the centre in the creation of a Women’s Health and Wellness Room, which will provide a place of refuge and resources including a space for clinical consultations with visiting medical professionals, life skills, health and education and lifelong learning. Two new offices have also been created for the Power of Women to Women program and Women Engaged in the Arts – Vision and Empowerment group (WEAVE). Office space is also shared with several partner organizations that provide a variety of important programs such as grief and loss support groups, anti-violence programs, and life skills workshops.

Learn more about Central City Foundation working with the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre.

www.dewc.ca

YWCA Vancouver

Improving Quality of Life for Women and Children Living in Poverty

Crabtree Corner’s outings are often the only opportunity for many families to participate in activities like visiting the aquarium or going for picnics. Such events strengthen family ties and give children happy memories.  YWCA’s statistics show that women using Crabtree Corner services are more likely to improve their health and their children’s health by dealing with addiction problems, feeding their children and themselves properly, finding a job and moving to safe, clean housing.

A grant from Central City Foundation donors funded the two-year lease of a 14-seat van to provide transportation for the various programs provided by Crabtree Corner such as outings outside of the Downtown Eastside. The van is also used to facilitate their food programs, donation pick-ups and Harm Reduction program.

YWCA Crabtree corner

Learn more about Central City Foundation and YWCA Crabtree Housing

www.ywcavan.org

Tradeworks Training Society

Building Self-Confidence and Developing Skills

Tradeworks has started a new social enterprise called “Tradeworks Custom Products,” the only program in the Downtown Eastside that is supporting women’s employment in trades and technology by way of a manufacturing business. Tradeworks seeks to provide employment to less advantaged women, building their self-confidence and skills so that they will become self-reliant and move into the larger workforce. Women participating in this program are low income, usually recovering from substance abuse or other personal trauma, and lacking confidence and a sense of usefulness. This program has shown how a simple change in weekly regime and new social context can be transformational.  They use recycled, reclaimed or sustainable harvested wood for their products. They can make and engrave your next batch of corporate or personal gifts and you will be helping women who are improving their lives.

A Central City Foundation grant enabled Tradeworks to purchase a laser engraving system, which has enhanced their production of small wooden products. This equipment allows them to offer key training opportunities in computer-assisted design and manufacturing.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Tradeworks Training Society

www.tradeworks.bc.ca

Potluck Café Society

Employment Opportunities and Cooking Skills for Downtown Eastside Residents

In April 2001 Potluck opened its doors and has created a highly acclaimed social enterprise operating in the Downtown Eastside. Since that time, Potluck has served over 200,000 meals to neighbourhood residents and has employed numerous Downtown Eastside residents with varying abilities. The Society’s vision is to create permanent jobs for residents of the Downtown Eastside, to make food more accessible and affordable in the community and to maintain a sustainable enterprise in order to contribute to the revitalization of the community. With 100% of their operating revenue reinvested in the Society, Potluck purchases and prepares 110 nutritious meals per day or 3,000 meals per month for residents in the inner city. Potluck also holds a community kitchen session twice per month with where Downtown Eastside residents participate and learn basic nutrition and cooking skills and learn how to prepare nutritious meals on a budget.

Central City Foundation funds helped Potluck purchase essential equipment and supplies required to keep up with the demands of their client base while providing training and employment opportunities for dozens of inner city residents, many of whom have moved on to other organizations and continue to be employed in a full-time capacity.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Potluck Cafe and Catering

www.potluckcatering.co

For more on how our community partners benefit from our grants, read some of their stories.

 

2006 Grants

Pacific Parklands FoundationUrban Promise MinistriesPacific Community Resource SocietyAtira Women’s Resource SocietySereena’s HouseThe Dugout411 Seniors’ CentreQuest Outreach SocietyUnited We CanPivot Legal SocietyHeadlines Theatre

Pacific Parklands Foundation

Teaching Youth Sustainability, Leadership and Community Development

In addition to supporting housing and direct services in the Downtown Eastside, the Central City Foundation provides grants to a number of organizations that work with youth who may be at risk or marginalized in our communities. By working with young people, these organizations hope to help them avoid many of the challenging situations faced by residents in the Downtown Eastside.

A Central City Foundation grant has supported the Pacific Parklands Foundation’s Catching the Spirit youth program—run by youth, for youth—which teaches social sustainability, environmental stewardship, leadership and community development. Youth from throughout the lower mainland volunteer at GVRD parks throughout the summer, participating in a variety of activities.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Pacific Parklands Foundation

www.pacificparklands.ca

Urban Promise Ministries

After School Support for Inner City Families

A grant to support after-school programs and summer camps for inner city children and youth at three locations on the east side of Vancouver.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Urban Promise

www.urbanpromise.ca

Pacific Community Resource Society

Staying in School, Staying on Track

Youth with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder face daunting challenges when situated within a large school context. Before the establishment of this program, many students were unable to continue in school and were subsequently running into trouble in the community with crime, addiction, street involvement, home/foster home breakdown and pregnancy.

A grant from Central City Foundation helped to fund the improvements for a program site adjacent to the Eagle High Alternate School/Day Treatment program. This program is specifically designed to assist alcohol-affected adolescents to successfully transition from elementary to high school.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and PCRS

www.pcrs.ca

Atira Women’s Resource Society

Building Bridges to Understanding

A Central City Foundation grant has supported an innovative new youth digital storytelling project, Bridges to Understanding, connecting youth in Vancouver, Haida Gwaii, and Cortes Island with the world. This project is a partnership with the US-based Bridges program that has a proven track record in offering youth an opportunity to tell the stories of their lives and cultures, and through storytelling, confront the many challenges (eg. racism, violence, sexism, and drugs) of today’s complex society and build their survival skills.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Atira Women’s Resource Society

www.atira.bc.ca

Sereena’s House

Safe Housing for Women

A grant from Central City Foundation helped furnish and equip a new 58-room Single Room Accommodation residence for women in the Downtown Eastside that will be run by Atira Women’ Resources Society and help to address long waiting lists for housing for women.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Atira Women’s Resource Society

www.atira.bc.ca

The Dugout

Bringing People Together in a Supportive Environment

The Dugout offers not only a hot breakfast seven days a week, but also a living room, outreach, advocacy, counselling, and a daily AA meeting for more than 600 of our secluded and marginalized neighbours. While meeting their urgent needs, these programs bring isolated people together in a supportive, community environment.

Central City Foundation’s support provides operational funding for this critical community resource and its programs, including supplies and provisions for the soup kitchen. With these funds, approximately 700 people receive support, food, friendship and relief from their isolation each day.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and the Dugout Drop In Centre

411 Seniors’ Centre

Warm and Nutritious Meals

A grant from Central City Foundation has supported the 411 Seniors’ Centre’s Food Services Program, which provides almost 500 greatly needed, low-cost, hot nutritious meals every week to seniors, volunteers and other marginalized individuals in the downtown core of Vancouver.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and the 411 Seniors Centre Society

www.vcn.bc.ca/411/

Quest Outreach Society

Distributing Food to Those Who Need It

Quest is a food exchange organization whose mandate is to rescue non-marketable food from the food industry and redistribute it, through donation, to appropriate public sector and social services agencies. These agencies then make the food available to their clients in need through food hampers, meal programs, and community kitchens.

A grant from Central City Foundation supported the purchase of a walk-in cooler for Quest’s food process facility.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Quest Outreach Society

www.questoutreach.org

United We Can

Dignity for Binners on the Downtown Eastside

United We Can supports “binners” on the Downtown Eastside, the majority whom live in single room occupancy hotels on fixed incomes. Many have addiction and health problems and some are homeless.

A grant from Central City Foundation provided 30 “binning units,” an efficient and attractive alternative to the shopping cart for hauling recyclables through the downtown core.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and United We Can

www.unitedwecan.ca

Pivot Legal Society

A Deeper Understanding of Housing Needs

Central City Foundation supported a housing and homelessness advocacy and research project in the Downtown Eastside. The project provided up-to-date information on the needs of homeless people in our community and information on low-income housing alternatives. This research will greatly assist the Foundation in future planning and project development.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Pivot Legal Society

www.pivotlegal.org

Headlines Theatre

Unlocking Knowledge and Capacity

A Central City Foundation grant supported an audience-interactive theatre project, the METH Project, created and performed by people who have struggled with addiction to crystal meth. Like all forum theatre projects, METH functions from a philosophical understanding that the ability and responsibility to deal with issues in a community lies within that community. This theatrical process merely unlocks the knowledge and capacity that resides within a community to resolve its issues. METH is expected to raise awareness and identify creative community solutions to the many problems associated with this devastatingly addictive drug.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Headlines Theatre

www.headlinestheatre.com

In addition to these grant programs, in 2007 Central City Foundation continued to:

  • – Provide above-standard housing for more than 100 residents of the downtown eastside
  • – Play an active role in the revitalization of the downtown eastside
  • – Support the Four Pillars Program
  • – Provide a home for the NAOMI Project
  • – Provide employment for Downtown Eastside residents
  • – Support local area social enterprises
  • – Provide support to Vancouver’s most vulnerable citizens
  • – Purchase a childcare centre on behalf of community
  • – Act as a catalyst for the creation of British Columbia’s first long-term Youth Drug and Alcohol Treatment facility

For more on how our community partners benefit from our grants, read some of their stories.

 

2005 Grants

Bridge HousingBuilding BlocksThe DugoutDr. Peter AIDS FoundationKiwassa Neighbourhood HousePacific Parklands FoundationStrathcona Health SocietyVancouver Second Mile SocietyUrban Promise

Atira Women’s Resource Society

A grant from Central City Foundation was used to purchase food for Atira’s Bridge Housing.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Atira Women’s Resource Society

Building Blocks

A grant from Central City Foundation was used towards purchasing milk.

The Dugout

The Dugout offers not only a hot breakfast seven days a week, but also a living room, outreach, advocacy, counselling, and a daily AA meeting for more than 600 of our secluded and marginalized neighbours. While meeting their urgent needs, these programs bring isolated people together in a supportive, community environment.

Central City Foundation’s support provides operational funding for this critical community resource and its programs, including supplies and provisions for the soup kitchen. With these funds, approximately 700 people receive support, food, friendship and relief from their isolation each day.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and the Dugout Drop In Centre

Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation

A grant from Central City Foundation was used to purchase a van to help extend the reach of the the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation.

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House

A grant from Central City Foundation was used to cover the partial costs of construction and furniture.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Kiwassa Neighbourhood House

Pacific Parklands Foundation

A grant from Central City Foundation was used for program supplies and transportation.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Pacific Parklands Foundation

Strathcona Health Society

A grant from Central City Foundation provided dental treatment for 60 children.

Vancouver Second Mile Society

A grant from Central City Foundation assisted with the Vancouver Second Mile Society’s operational shortfall

Learn more about Central City Foundation working with the Vancouver Second Mile Society.

Urban Promise

A grant from Central City Foundation provide food to the three Vancouver sites for the after-school program and summer day camps.

Learn more about Central City Foundation and Urban Promise

For more on how our community partners benefit from our grants, read some of their stories.

Review all 1994 – 2014 Grant information here


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