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A Day For Churches to Explore Developing Affordable Housing

Citygate Vancouver invites you to join them on Saturday, April 2nd at St. Andrews Hall, UBC and online via Zoom for a morning to learn and discuss affordable housing as a use for the physical spaces our churches occupy.

The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed how little some church buildings are used and accelerated discussions about how to steward these buildings and lands in a better way. Church leadership teams will be initiated in the process of developing affordable housing and encouraged to commit to serious exploration of that process.

The panelists for the day will be Rev’d. Christine Boyle, City Councillor with OneCity Vancouver; Irene Gannitsos, Vancity Foundation; Marko Cimcic, Anglican property development committee; Andy Lambkin, The Nest Housing Society and Pastor at Simple Churches; Rebecca Pousette, Co:Here Foundation; and Tim Dickau, Citygate and the Center for Missional Leadership.

For details including how to register click on the link below.

Let’s Talk Housing: a new podcast from BC Housing

BC Housing has launched a new podcast that dives into the challenges and solutions to housing supply and affordability in B.C.

Let’s Talk Housing is a 12-episode series featuring conversations with key partners in the housing sector from British Columbia, all working with BC Housing to address the province’s housing crisis.

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The Sixth Day

Every Saturday, a Westside Anglicans Neighbourhood Ministry Street Outreach team consisting of two or three individuals takes to the westside streets to connect with our friends who live on the street, delivering food, toiletries, sleeping bags and other supplies. 

Street Outreach teams also provide Information about the services offered by the WANM’s twice-monthly Mobile Care Unit—housing applications, tax forms, ID replacement—as well as doctor’s services. 

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Rev’d. Terry Shields Dirbas, new WANM Board Member

The Right Reverend John Stephens, Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminister, with Rev’d. Terry Shields Dirbas. Photo: Randy Murray.

On the evening of Monday, January 10, 2022, there was a Celebration of a New Ministry at the Parish of St. John’s Shaughessy. At this service, the Reverend Terry Shields Dirbas was inducted as rector of the parish by the Right Reverend John Stephens, Bishop of New Westminster.

As the Rector of St. John’s Shaughnessy, Rev’d. Shield Dirbas joins the Board of Management of the Westside Anglicans Neighbourhood Ministry (WANM). 

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Rev’d. Lorne Manweiler, new WANM Board Member

Rev’d. Lorne Manweiler, rector St. Philip’s Dunbar and the Right Reverend John Stephens, Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminister. Photo: Derek Simpkins.

On the evening of Monday, October 18, 2021, there was a Celebration of a New Ministry Eucharist at the Parish of St. Philip, Dunbar.  At this liturgy service, the Reverend Lorne Manweiler was inducted as the 11th rector of the parish by the Right Reverend John Stephens, Bishop of the Diocese of New Westminster, who had been the 9th rector of that parish from 2001-2016.

As the Rector of St. Philip’s Dunbar, Rev’d. Manweiler joins the Board of Management of the Westside Anglicans Neighbourhood Ministry (WANM). 

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UBCO researchers examine how pandemics impact the homeless

UBCO School of Social Work director John Graham says that homeless people under the age of 65 have a mortality rate five to 10 times higher compared to the general population. Photo: courtesy UBCO.

A team of UBC Okanagan researchers is looking at strategies that could help the homeless during a pandemic.

John Graham, director of UBC Okanagan’sSchool of Social Work, said while many populations have been targeted with guidelines to keep them safe, homeless people have been mostly overlooked.

While this research project began a few years before the pandemic, Graham said his team quickly turned their attention to the impact of COVID-19. His team looked at peer-reviewed publications, dating back to 1984 that examined how homeless populations were impacted by other highly contagious or communicable illnesses such as tuberculous, H1NI and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

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