Welcome to the website of the New Westminster Homelessness Coalition Society. The members of the NWHCS envision a future where all the citizens in New Westminster have access to safe and affordable housing and supports and no one in the City is homeless.
Our long-term mission is to create a continuum of housing options and supports in the City of New Westminster for those people who are homeless, at risk of being homeless, vulnerable or requiring assistance to secure a home.
The Coalition agreed to incorporate in January of 2012, and became a society on May 31, 2012, in order to better succeed in our long-term mission to help those in need in New Westminster. So, officially, we are now the New Westminster Homelessness Coalition Society or NWHCS.
We gratefully welcome your continued support.
Thank you to all those who attended our fundraiser! We had a great turnout despite the weather and it was wonderful to see both long term members and new faces at the event.
A big shoutout to the presenters – Mark Gifford of the school board and Vancouver Foundation, Meredith Egan who did a wonderful spoken word presentation, Tyler Lee and Erin Harvie from Pacific Community Resource Society. Your words reminded us of the importance of combating both the causes and results of homelessness.
We are grateful to all our funders including VanCity, The Uptown and Downtown Business Improvement Associations, Beacon Unitarian Church and the City of New Westminster.
See you at the next general meeting – date to be posted soon!
Purpose Society is holding Naloxone training sessions. These are generally held the second Wednesday of each month (the next one is tentatively scheduled for November 9th). Anyone interested needs to sign-up either at reception, or by calling Purpose Society at 604-526-2522. We also offer workshops on demand for groups. Free kits are available for those who qualify (current or former opioid users).
Purpose also runs a low-barrier clinic, typically every Thursday from 9 am – 1 pm. No ID or MSP card is required to attend. Anyone interested is encouraged to make an appointment by calling 604-526-2522 or dropping by Purpose reception at 40 Begbie Street, New Westminster. However, they do accept a limited number of drop-in patients each week.
Please join us for our annual fundraiser dinner. The theme this year is “The Future of Homelessness.” We are once again at the Columbia Theatre, 530 Columbia Street, in New Westminster. Doors open at 5:30 pm and our guest speaker will discuss the concerns and needs of homeless and at-risk youth.
Tickets for this event are $75.00 and all proceeds will go towards the activities of the New Westminster Homelessness Coalition Society. For more information, contact Martha Kerr at email@example.com
The New Westminster Homelessness Coalition Society is once again participating in Homelessness Action Week, which takes place between Monday October 10 and Sunday October 16.
This year we ask you to join us at the following events, all for the purpose of increasing awareness around the issues of homelessness here in Metro Vancouver:
- Monday October 10: Thanksgiving Dinner at Union Gospel Mission (658 Clarkson Street). First Seating: 12:00 pm. Second Seating: 2:00 pm.
- Tuesday October 11: Connect Day at Holy Trinity Cathedral (514 Carnarvon Street). Breakfast starting at 8:00 am. Between 9:00 and 11:30 am various service groups will be available to provide services, resources and information. Lunch begins at 12:00 noon.
- Thursday October 13: The 9th Annual Fundraising Dinner at the Columbia Theatre (“The Future of Homelessness”). Tickets are $75 (charitable tax receipt available) and doors open at 5:30 pm.
For more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
New Westminster Homelessness Coalition Society:
Development of Strategic Plan
The purpose of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to solicit proposals from interested organizations and/or individuals and select the most appropriate candidate who is best able to facilitate an effective strategic planning process resulting in a new strategic plan for the society.
Continue reading Request for Proposals
The NWHCS is grateful for the support of Beacon Unitarian Church and wish to thank them for their $2000 grant courtesy of the Church’s “Share the Plate Fund.” This grant will be used to support our very successful I’s on the Street program, which engages homeless or at-risk-of-being-homeless persons into supervised employment cleaning and tidying the sidewalks and streets in front of local businesses.
If you are looking for a warm and vibrant community, if you are here to begin a spiritual journey or to deepen your present path, if you have big questions that need complex answers and people to engage with, if you are looking to connect with curious, positive and socially committed people, my hope is that you have found the right place.
Beacon Unitarian has been around for thirty-two years and is part of the world wide Unitarian movement. We are a people moved by compassion to make this world a fairer and more just place for all. We are inspired by many sources, from science to poetry, from the beauty of the natural world to the beauty in courageous action. We are inspired by the thread that weaves through all this diversity.
—Rev. Debra Thorne