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 centered on responding to God's call to love our neighbours. 


SHELTER MINISTRY 

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.

KICKERS CAMPS

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

ALZHEIMER CAFé

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

Central to our HFTC Project is our desire to be more like Jesus by extending his hospitality to others. We are relational beings, needing to connect, to find community. That feeling alone has become a major issue as reflected by the 2012 survey on “Connections and Engagement” by the Vancouver Foundation. We intend to be a light in the community to help resolve this issue in our community. We seek to work for the peace and prosperity of our city by delivering heritage conversation and innovative architecture, environmental and social sustainability (in alignment with the West End Community Plan), and public spaces. For more information, click here

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.  


LOCAL PARTNERSHIPS

 Partnership and collaboration are integral to any wholesome neighbourhood engagement. Here are some of our partnering organizations: 

              

PROMISE VANCOUVER

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

KINBRACE

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

KEATS CAMP 

 Keats Camps has been serving youth and families for over 90 years as a part of the Canadian Baptists of Western Canada. Thriving during the summer months, Keats comes alive with over a thousand campers & staff and all of their visiting parents & friends. Keats Camp is committed to mentoring our campers and staff and helping them build faith in Christ, as well as the self-confidence and abilities to will help them in all walks and stages of life. For more information, please click here

A ROCHA 

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