News

Neighbourhood Ministry receives City of Vancouver grant

By Joan Stewart          

On February 26, 2020, the City of Vancouver approved a grant in the amount of $26,600 for the Westside Anglicans Neighbourhood Ministry’s (WNAM) project “Equipping Volunteers for Service to Homeless and Vulnerable People.”

The City of Vancouver received funding requests from 23 organizations and approved 15 of them, providing grant amounts ranging from $14,000 to $116,000.

For a full list of the organizations and their requests, click here.

Continue reading “Neighbourhood Ministry receives City of Vancouver grant”

Neighbourhood Ministry Programs Suspended

Posted by Beth Vondette       

On March 17, 2020, Archbishop Melissa directed that most church activities, including outreach, be suspended in light of the rapidly evolving Covid-19 situation.  As such, the Neighbourhood Ministry will suspend the Street Outreach and Mobile Care Unit activities effective immediately.

This is an incredibly difficult time for our homeless and vulnerable neighbours. They are in our thoughts and prayers.

Building community at Dunbar Apartments BC Day BBQ Seasonal Event

Neighbourhood Ministry (NM) volunteers help build community at the Supportive Housing apartments at 17thand Dunbar.NM Pix

Dunbar Apartments offers housing to formerly homeless people from the area—some of whom were referred by the Neighbourhood Ministry—as well as those suffering from mental illness. Volunteers at Dunbar serve dinner on the weekends and offer four annual seasonal celebrations for the residents.

NM Pix 2On Monday August 6, BC Day, NM volunteers hosted a seasonal BBQ celebration. The event began with a prayer, after which more than 50 residents were served traditional BBQ fare, which included beef, salmon and veggie burgers, hot dogs, sausages, an assortment of salads and casseroles and, most importantly, a selection of home-made desserts and fruit.

NM volunteers provided food, assisted with on-site cooking, serving, set-up and take-down. Along with the delicious food, residents especially enjoyed the opportunity for fellowship and conversation with the volunteers during the 3-hour event.

A special thank-you to volunteers Karen Cooke, Jane Davis, Jane Dunlop, Louisa Farrell, Irene James, Marian Slater, Patrick Stewart and Shirin Theophilus who made the event a success.

In addition to the special seasonal events, NM volunteers also offer one-on-one assistance throughout the year, which range from accompanying residents to medical appointments to pastoral care.

The Neighbourhood Ministry also contributes funding toward a breakfast program for Dunbar residents.

To learn more about NM volunteer opportunities at Dunbar or to participate in dinner service or seasonal activities, contact Joan Stewart via email at jstewart@westerndriver.com.

Photos: Joan Stewart

Neighbourhood Ministry Training

Hello Everyone,

We will be holding a Zoom training series on Thursday November 26th and on Thursday December 3rd, from 7pm – 8:30pm.  Everyone is welcome, whether you intend to volunteer or not, or are already a volunteer and want to refresh your skills.  Both of these sessions are required for any new volunteers for a Street Outreach Team, to serve at the Dunbar apartments , or to participate in the Mobile Care Unit.  Please note, both the Dunbar apartements and Mobile Care Unit are on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Topics include the theology of our ministry; Street Outreach; Service at Dunbar; and our Angels program.  We’ll cover information about safety, confidentiality, protocols and procedures, and, technology allowing, engage in some role playing.

Please RSVP to Liz at ministrymcu@gmail.com. You will receive a Zoom link after you have rsvp’d.

Hope to see you there!