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 email@example.com
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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!