Neighbours Build Hope with Health & Wellbeing

Read stories about Central City Foundation grants for health services, drug treatment, confidence, self-esteem

New Wellness Hub connects Indigenous youth to health and healing

New Wellness Hub connects Indigenous youth to health and healing

Rae-Ann is a vibrant fixture at the Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA), spreading positivity wherever she goes, and helping Indigenous youth find help, community and wellness. But before she discovered UNYA, she wasn’t feeling that way, she would even have described herself as closed off to the love of others. After the death of a… Read More

Supporting women overcome addiction at New Dawn

Supporting women overcome addiction at New Dawn

It’s not often that a bathroom or sauna can help change a life, but for the women at Chrysalis Society’s New Dawn house, that is exactly the case. “When I saw the sauna I was ecstatic,” says Kaylee. “Just to get a moment of peace helps me get back into myself and get back on… Read More

An extra room means safe medical care for inner city women

An extra room means safe medical care for inner city women

The Vancouver Women’s Health Collective (VWHC) is a small oasis for the women on the Downtown Eastside, a place where they can seek solace, connect with other women and take care of their health. Shelly is a recovered addict who has been on methadone for 20 years, who has suffered from a skin condition for… Read More

A better quality of life for inner city seniors at Central City Lodge

A better quality of life for inner city seniors at Central City Lodge

Central City Lodge is a unique home for seniors in the Downtown Eastside who have lived with mental illness, addiction or poverty and who face barriers that might prevent them from receiving the complex care they need in their aging years. Central City Lodge is the only care facility in the inner city of Vancouver… Read More

A space for mothers and children to heal

A space for mothers and children to heal

It is the children, Loretta McMillian says, who bring laughter into the Aboriginal Mother Centre in east Vancouver. “They hold a special place in our heart,” says McMillian, Transformational Housing Manager at the Centre. “They make our days go by a lot smoother with their smiles and their giggles.” That’s a good thing, because there… Read More

Supportive hospice for women in need

Supportive hospice for women in need

The first thing Helen Arnburg notices is all the purple. The walls throughout the Sue Bujold floor at Atira’s Bridge Housing for Women are her mother’s favourite colour. “It’s beautiful,” Helen says, admiring the seventh floor bay window with its view of the mountains. “Very warm, cozy. Very relaxing.” Relaxing is important. The women living… Read More

Keeping Seniors Safe From Bedbugs

Keeping Seniors Safe From Bedbugs

Frank Frederick Jr. is all too familiar with the agony bedbugs can cause. “I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy,” says Frederick, a volunteer at the Vancouver Second Mile Society on East Hastings, who had bedbugs himself more than a year ago. That’s why Frederick is determined to help his neighbours get rid of… Read More

A Safe Place for Aboriginal Youth to Land

A Safe Place for Aboriginal Youth to Land

Laughter. Gentle encouragement. And then, a full-body thud. A participant has been thrown to the ground. He gets up and adjusts his Japanese classical ju-jutsu belt, prepared for it to happen again. We’re in the Urban Native Youth Association’s dojo, a multi-purpose space in the Downtown Eastside. On weekday evenings, youth stop by the dojo… Read More

Sole Food Street Farms: Growing Fruit Trees and Employment Opportunities

Sole Food Street Farms: Growing Fruit Trees and Employment Opportunities

The busy Vancouver cross-street of Main and Terminal is a mass of grey concrete and noise, but thanks in part to Central City Foundation donors, it will soon be a mecca of lush fruit trees and fragrant herbs. Sole Food Street Farms is transforming the intersection’s southeast corner from an empty stretch of land into… Read More

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