Welcome to the website of the New Westminster Homelessness Coalition Society. The members of the NWHCS envision a world where every individual experiences a socially just quality of life.
Our long-term mission is to collaborate, educate, and act to ensure access to healthy safe housing and supportive services in New Westminster.
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.
Since 2002, the Greater Vancouver Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness (RSCH) has conducted a region-wide count of homeless individuals every three years. The most recent count was in 2014. The main purpose of the homeless count is to enumerate and learn more about the homeless population in the Metro Vancouver region.
The next count will take place March 7-8 in 2017. The NWHCS is acting as a liason with the New Westminster coordinator to ensure that an accurate count takes place, and will be recruiting volunteers for the count. The NWHCS is also planning a special Connect Day at the Russell Centre on March 8.
Please contact us for more information on the Connect Day, or if you would like to participate in the 2017 count, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
And, as a reminder, we are having our next board meeting on Tuesday January 10 at 11:30 am at the Russell Centre. The next general meeting will be held Monday February 27 at 9:30 am, also at the Russell Centre. Please check the left sidebar for any changes or updates.
In preparation for the development of a Strategic Plan, the New Westminster Homelessness Coalition Society (NWHCS) Coordinator worked together with Vantage Point to reach out to Board members and stakeholders to gather feedback on the historical successes of the coalition, past challenges, and the perceived purpose of the Society. On June 20th 2016 Vantage Point facilitated a focus group to discuss current opportunities for the coalition, the core purpose, and possible goals for the 2016 – 2019 period.
Click on the image below for a full page summary of our Strategic Plan:
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