Neighbours Build Hope with Health & Wellbeing

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

Phil Bouvier Family Centre gets an upgrade

Phil Bouvier Family Centre gets an upgrade

Central City Foundation donors support Vancouver Indigenous families through funding a major renovation of Phil Bouvier Family Centre. Cindy Pete has dedicated her life to helping Indigenous families raise healthy and happy children. She is an infant development worker with Vancouver Native Health Society and she spends most her days going from home to home… Read More

Lu’ma Medical Clinic provides Indigenous-centred health care

Lu’ma Medical Clinic provides Indigenous-centred health care

For many Indigenous residents of Vancouver, good, consistent health care is not easy to find. That’s why Lu’ma Native Housing Society decided to bring healthcare to their community by opening the Lu’ma Medical Centre, to provide medical service by Indigenous people, to Indigenous people. “Indigenous people need to know there is a place where they… Read More

PACE Society: Building walls, tearing down barriers

PACE Society: Building walls, tearing down barriers

When Brenna Bezanson made the transition out of sex work, she faced stigma surrounding her former profession. PACE Society was a place where she was accepted for who she is and supported her while she explored new options.  After working hard with PACE to rebuild her self-esteem, Brenna jumped at the opportunity to become the… Read More

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

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