Neighbours Build Hope with The Basics

Read stories about Central City Foundation grants that provide housing, food, nourishment, and shelter.

A Welcome Centre for newcomers to Canada

A Welcome Centre for newcomers to Canada

Central City Foundation donors helped fund new ISSofBC Welcome Centre Newcomers to Canada face the challenge of navigating a new country, culture and, often, a new language. The challenge is even greater for the thousands of refugees who come to Canada for a safe new beginning. Navigating the Canadian education system, work culture and day-to-day… Read More

One meal at a time: Helping new refugee claimants feel at home in Vancouver

One meal at a time: Helping new refugee claimants feel at home in Vancouver

When Natalia first came to Canada as a refugee from Russia, she had no friends, no family, knew no English and had only $20 to her name. Fortunately, she was connected with Kinbrace Community Society for support. Three years later Natalia and her family have a community they call home. Many come to Canada to… Read More

The evolution of the best city in the world

The evolution of the best city in the world

by Bryan Reid, Central City Foundation board member I believe that those who have the good fortune to be able to assist, need to assist, whether that’s in time or money or some other way. I give back by volunteering as a board member for Central City Foundation, an organization dedicated to creative, collaborative solutions,… Read More

Lonely no more- a place to gather gives HIV-positive residents a social boost

Lonely no more- a place to gather gives HIV-positive residents a social boost

The Saturday afternoon gatherings of “Gay and Grey” finds a group of men meeting in the basement lounge of Helmcken House to discuss issues about being gay and aging. They talk about serious stuff, but mostly they’re there to get in some much-needed social time. “One thing that is big with any place is a… Read More

Clean, quiet and safe housing on the Downtown Eastside provided by Central City Foundation donors

Clean, quiet and safe housing on the Downtown Eastside provided by Central City Foundation donors

Before he moved into the Abbott Mansion, Rick lived in a building on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside that he describes as dirty and dangerous. “It was pretty tough there, it was really bad,” the 60-year-old says. In the past, Rick says he struggled with addiction and got into trouble with the law, but he now lives… Read More

Women Seeking Justice on International Women’s Day

Women Seeking Justice on International Women’s Day

To mark International Women’s Day 2015, Central City Foundation co-sponsored a forum on Women Seeking Justice, where advocates and researchers gathered in downtown Vancouver to seek fair and just results for women. “Women are seeking justice, not just access,” said keynote speaker Justice Donna Martinson. “And by that I mean women are entitled to results,… Read More

Mission based investing—in my home community

Mission based investing—in my home community

by Alexa Blain, Central City Foundation board of directors The realization hit in my late 20s. I was working in asset management in Toronto, and although I enjoyed my job, I needed more. At the time, a successful day’s work meant gaining a few basis points on a huge portfolio. I found myself craving a… Read More

Helping Immigrants and Refugees Build a New Home in Canada

Helping Immigrants and Refugees Build a New Home in Canada

Reducing the number of hurdles immigrants and refugees face after arriving in British Columbia is the focus of an exciting new project supported by Central City Foundation. The Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC) has broken ground on a 58,000-square foot Welcome House on Victoria Drive close to the Commercial-Broadway Skytrain station. Central City Foundation… Read More

Phil Bouvier Family Centre Provides Childcare with a Unique Aboriginal Focus

Phil Bouvier Family Centre Provides Childcare with a Unique Aboriginal Focus

Chad Carpenter knew little about his culture growing up in Vancouver. His mother was from Lheidli T’enneh First Nation in Prince George, but he grew up here in foster care. He says that in his younger years he was “embarrassed” to identify as Aboriginal, largely because of the racism he experienced in the school system.… Read More

A Safe and Accessible Playground, Rain or Shine

A Safe and Accessible Playground, Rain or Shine

Ruth Suarez’s son Kevin loves the playground at Kiwassa Neighbourhood House so much that the day the four-year-old accidentally brought a wood chip home in his clothes, he told his mother he had to return it. When Suarez arrives to pick Kevin up at the daycare at Kiwassa, a not-for-profit gathering place in northeast Vancouver,… Read More

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