SERVE THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
Our focus and impact reach beyond our physical walls and location at Burrard and Nelson. First strives to seek the peace and prosperity of the city as a beacon, a lighthouse, a social sanctuary in Vancouver.
We seek to equip and empower all who are part of First to embody and share the Good News of Jesus Christ in our neighbourhood and in our city. We also partner with a number of local organizations whose purposes are
Weekly meals (Tuesday nights and Wednesday mornings) and overnight shelter (Tuesday nights) for our street friends. We also partner with local companies and organizations to create a welcoming and hospitable space. If you are interested in joining in on this, please contact us.
EXTREME WEATHER RESPONSE
We serve as one of the few sites in downtown Vancouver for BC Housing's Extreme Weather Response Program. The Extreme Weather Response (EWR) program is a provincially-funded initiative that supports community-based services to provide additional temporary emergency shelter spaces during periods of extreme winter weather which threaten the health and safety of individuals experiencing homelessness. For more information, click here.
HOMELESSNESS ACTION WEEK
We serve as one of the host sites for City of Vancouver's Homeless Action Week in order to (1) help Vancouver residents who are homeless, (2) create awareness of homelessness, and (3) engage citizens on solutions to homelessness. For more information, click here.
Every summer, as a way to support the young families in our neighbourhood, we run two soccer & art camps that are open to ages 3-14 years old. Children, preteens, and teens have the opportunity to learn the essential skills needed to be an effective soccer player, teammate and leader on and off the soccer field. It is a wonderful way to improve their fitness, self-esteem and confidence. Subsidies can be made available. For more information, click here.
An Alzheimer café is a very “simple” idea: A gathering of individuals with memory loss along with their caregivers, and/or friends and family in a safe, supportive, and engaging environment. The café gives everyone a welcome break from the disease. We encourage you or someone you may know in your networks who are living with dementia or providing care for someone with a dementia-related diagnosis and may benefit from being involved in the cafes to join us. Contact John Tsang for more information.
Heart for the city PROJECT
FIRST BAPTIST FOUNDATION
The Foundation exists to provide social services to persons in need of material, spiritual, and other assistance who reside in Vancouver, British Columbia and its metropolitan environs for the purpose of encouraging, enabling and assisting those persons to develop and realize their full potential and well-being. It also seeks to promote the use of Christian principles by other agencies and organizations which provide social services and facilities.
Partnership and collaboration are integral to any wholesome neighbourhood engagement. Here are some of our partnering organizations:
Promise Vancouver is a place where people from various backgrounds gather (including socio-economic, ethnic, cultural, generational, and occupational) to build positive relationships with the intent of providing children and young adults with opportunities to be equipped with the experience and skills necessary for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth, and leadership. For more information, please click here.
The Kinbrace community welcomes refugee claimants with housing, education, and support. Kinbrace is BC’s longest-serving housing provider for refugee claimants, offering dedicated support and accessible educational resources across Canada. For more information, please click here.
A Rocha envisions the transformation of people and places by showing God’s love for all creation. Restoring salmon habitat, training young scientists, inspiring school children, feeding low-income families – A Rocha is transforming people and places through hands-on conservation projects, environmental education programs and sustainable agriculture initiatives. For more information, please click here.