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.
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
Notes for Thursday January 21, 2016
8:30a – 10:00a Board Meeting
10:00a – 11:30a General Meeting
Please join us at the Russell Centre, 750 Carnarvon Street, in New Westminster.
Homelessness Action Week 2015
This year’s Homelessness Action Week in New Westminster included a number of events.
On Monday, the traditional Thanksgiving meal was served up by Union Gospel Mission.
Connect Day was hosted by Holy Trinity Cathedral on Tuesday. Twenty-six organizations participated and over 100 people attended. All kinds of services were on offer, from donated clothing to hearing tests to pet services.
Wednesday was the night of the art show, sponsored by Purpose Society and UGM. Both clients and representatives of local agencies attended and there were some remarkable pieces on display.
On Thursday we held our annual fundraising dinner. The event included Kathhryn Gretsinger as MC, and the inestimable Judy Graves, longterm homeless activist, as guest speaker. HAVE Café supplied a delicious meal and we had more than twenty community members generously donate items to the silent auction, which raised over $1500.
Thanks again to everyone who attended!
Homelessness Action Week 2015
New Westminster Events
Mon Oct 12
Thanksgiving lunch at UGM, 658 Clarkson, 12:00-2:00 pm
Tue Oct 13: Connect Day at Holy Trinity, 514 Carnarvon
Breakfast, 8:00-9:00 am
Freebies: coffee, pie, clothing, blankets, toiletries, harm reduction supplies, haircuts, hearing tests, pet food, dental consultations, 9:00-11:30 am
More: flu shots, anonymous rapid HIV testing, hep-C testing, STI testing, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Lunch: provided by Sikh Temple, 12:00-1:00 pm
Thanks to our partners, including Lookout, Senior Services, UGM, Spirit of the Children, Stride with Purpose, Queen’s Park Pet Hospital, Fraserside Community Services, Fraser Works Co-op, Holy Trinity, Saint Barnabas.
Wed Oct 14
Thu Oct 15
Fundraising dinner/auction at Columbia Theatre, 530 Columbia, doors open at 5:30 pm; tickets $75
Fri Oct 16
Movie night at Cliff Block, 606 Clarkson, 7:00-10:00 pm; snacks provided
Join us for
The 8th Annual
New Westminster Homelessness Coalition Society
Fundraiser Gala & Silent Auction
Guest Speaker: Judy Graves
Recipient of the 2014 Freedom of the City Award
“Throughout her 33-year career with the city of Vancouver, Judy Graves cultivated caring connections with people living on the streets and in shelters, and served as a tireless advocate on behalf of those marginalized by homelessness.”
Thursday October 15, 2015
530 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Doors open at 5:30 pm
Dinner served at 6:30 pm
Tickets: $75.00 each
To purchase, please contact Martha Kerr at 778-847-4468 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Proceeds go towards the NWHCS to help fight homelessness in New Westminster.