Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre
Founded in 1978, the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre provides a refuge and shelter from conditions of poverty and violence to women and their children. The centre provides basic necessities and helps to reduce the effect of economic disadvantage by providing hot meals, free clothing, toiletries, haircuts, sewing machines, feminine hygiene products, harm reduction supplies, first aid, secure mailing addresses, functioning and secure toilet and showers, and phone and computer access. In addition to assisting women with their immediate and crisis needs, the centre works to promote positive change by offering individual long-term support, education, advocacy, peer mentorship and exposure to alternatives.
Tradeworks Training Society
Based in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Tradeworks Training Society is a not-for-profit organization providing job-related education, life skills counseling and job search support to people who are struggling to find meaningful, independent employment.
Established in 1973, Spartacus Books is a non-profit, volunteer-run bookstore and resource centre located on the edge of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Stocking a diverse and up-to-date selection of hard-to-find publishers and providing a free space for community events, the store provides the information and tools for social change.
Neil Squire Society
The Neil Squire Society is a national not-for-profit organization headquartered in Burnaby that works to empower Canadians with physical disabilities through the use of computer-based assistive technologies, research and development, and employment programs.
Ray-Cam Co-operative Centre
The Ray-Cam Co-operative Centre was opened in 1979, a joint effort of area residents, B.C. Housing Management and the City of Vancouver. It started initially as a Social Recreation Centre and Food Co-operative and has developed into a full-fledged community-run service centre, providing programming and resources including access to a gym and weight room, dark room, computer room, seniors lounge and media lab.
UBC Learning Exchange
The UBC Learning Exchange was created more than 10 years ago to make connections between the university and people in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). Based on the belief that new ideas for change come about when people work together to achieve shared goals, the Learning Exchange provides a space where DTES residents, community organizations, UBC faculty and students can get to know each other, pursue shared interests, learn from each other and, in doing so, change the world.
Located in East Vancouver, the Purple Thistle is a youth-run community centre for arts and activism.
411 Seniors Centre
Under the direction of the 411 Seniors Centre Society, the 411 Seniors Centre is a multicultural, proactive resource centre in Vancouver where the community of members, volunteers and staff address seniors’ issues and concerns; and social, recreational, nutritional, informational and counselling needs of members and clients.
Broadway Youth Resource Centre
Open since 1999, the Broadway Youth Resource Centre (BYRC) is an integrated, one-stop centre that provides a range of social, health, education, employment and life skills services to homeless and at-risk youth between the ages of 12 and 24.
Mount Pleasant Neighborhood House
The Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House has been serving the residents of Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood since 1976, growing over the years to meet the programming and service-delivery needs of more than 3,000 people annually, from nearly 40 countries of origin.
Richmond Women’s Resource Centre
The Richmond Women’s Resource Centre is a safe space for the empowerment of women, providing support, encouragement, education, information and training so women are better equipped to make decisions in their own lives. The centre is also involved in work to address social justice issues for women.
Embers was established as a non-profit organization in 2001 as a response to announcements from the City and other stakeholders to revitalize Vancouver’s inner city. To create an economically sustainable environment for inner-city residents and the larger community of Vancouver, the organization offers training programs for budding entrepreneurs, employment services and green building solutions.
Geist is a quarterly literary magazine which emphasizes Canadian content. It has been published in Vancouver since 1990.
LivingRoom Drop-In Centre
Located at 528 Powell Street, the LivingRoom Drop-In Activity Centre opened in 1993 to provide a large, bright, welcoming and safe hang-out for the local mentally ill. The centre offers both structured and unstructured programs teaching social and life skills to improve the quality of their clients’ lives.
CFRO 100.5 FM
Vancouver Co-operative Radio, CFRO, 100.5FM is a non-commercial, co-operatively-owned, listener-supported community radio station. Located in the heart of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Co-op Radio strives to encourage community participation in the examination of social and political concerns, and provide a space for under-represented and marginalized communities to voice out.
Gastowns Gallery Gachet is a collectively-run exhibition and studio space which aims to demystify and challenge issues related to mental health and social marginalization. To empower participants as artists, administrators, and curators, collective members coordinate approximately 3,000 square feet of public-access arts space with up to 12 exhibitions each year.
Collingwood Neighbourhood House
Collingwood Neighborhood House serves the residents of Renfrew-Collingwood by providing leadership and working collaboratively with individuals, families, agencies and other groups to develop and support community development initiatives and services that respond to the community’s social, educational, economic, health, cultural and recreational needs.
The Bowen Island Public Library
On Bowen Island, the public Library exists to promote lifelong learning, the love of reading, and the exploration of ideas, culture and knowledge on Bowen Island.
the Thunderbird Community Centre
Located northeast of Broadway and Rupert Street, Thunderbird Community Centre is attached to Thunderbird Elementary School and offers low and no cost recreational opportunities to the immediate neighbourhood. The centre offers a catalogue of programs, services, and amenities, including a fitness centre, computer lab, games room and multipurpose spaces.
Renfrew Park Community Centre
Situated on the south end of Renfrew Ravine Park, Renfrew Park Community Centre offers a variety of facilities, programs and services for all ages.
The Lookout Society
The Lookout Society is a non-profit charitable organization working to provide non-judgmental, non-sectarian and flexible services to “hard-to-house” adults coping with challenges such as substance abuse, mental and physical handicaps, chronic health problems, and legal problems. Established in 1971, Lookout has expanded over the years to provide a range of services and housing 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to adults who are destitute and require assistance.
Gathering Place Community Centre
At Gathering Place Education Centre, our mission is to offer educational programs in as flexible a format as possible to enable our students to complete their secondary education in a friendly and caring adult environment. Gathering Place Education Centre is shared by many different groups and individuals within the community. Every effort is made to maintain a unique learning environment where personal growth and lifelong learning is encouraged.
Urban Native Youth Association
UNYA is a registered not-for-profit society with the Province of BC and a federally registered charitable organization. UNYA was formed in 1988 to address Native youth issues when growing numbers of young people began leaving reserves for the city. Many continue to arrive in Vancouver with few job skills, minimal training or education, and little or no knowledge of where to go for help. Today, approximately 60% of the Native population lives in urban settings, and 60% of the overall Native population is under the age of 25.
Oasis Community Housing (NHS)
The Neighbourhood Housing Society (NHS) is a registered non-profit charitable organization that provides affordable housing options for low-income people living in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES). They manage 3 social housing apartment complexes within the community that provide independent living for 180 residents. Oasis is located at 40 E Hastings and supports 84 apartments.
Britannia Secondary School
With the first classes held in 1908, Britannia Secondary School was the second high school ever constructed in Vancouver and now the oldest remaining secondary school in the city. In 1972, the school opened an elementary school and became a Community School with the incorporation of the Britannia Community Services Center Society. The unique K-12 community school’s mission is to graduate responsible citizens with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to fulfill their potential for lifelong success.
A magazine sold on the streets of Vancouver by homeless and low-income vendors, Megaphone is published every two weeks by the not-for-profit Street Corner Media Foundation. With the goal of providing a voice and an economic opportunity for homeless and low-income people while building grassroots support to end poverty, Megaphone sells the paper of the magazine to vendors for 75 cents and the vendors sell the magazine for a suggested donation of $2. All money from the transaction goes into the pocket of the vendor.