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Being Part of Something Small but Valuable

Barb was homeless for eight months and suffering from multiple barriers and mental health issues – including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. Originally from Brunswick House First Nation outside of Chapleau, Ontario, Barb’s poor health kept her indoors after she moved to the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. From then on, she ... read more

Finding a Safe Place as an LGBTQ2S Youth

With a lack of all-ages, safe, sober spaces to meet other LGBTQ2S youth and express one’s identity, it's easy to feel like the only queer in your community. This is exactly what Kiko was facing in high school upon moving to a completely new community, feeling isolated and st... read more

An Eighth Grader Trying to Connect

John came to the Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House (CCNH) as a quiet and timid eighth grader who struggled to connect with his peers and others within the community. Before joining CCNH, John’s world had felt quite small… simply going from school to home most days. But slowly and over time... read more

Family New to the Community

Many immigrants and refugees whose first language is not English end up feeling isolated and very alone. Even though she is sometimes driven to isolation because of the language barrier, Masi reaches beyond this by using her sewing skills through a Kitsilano Neighbourhood House volunteer program to facilitate weekly sewing, ... read more

Seniors in Action

J.L. is a participant in Gordon Neighbourhood House’s Seniors in Action program, which promotes physical activity, social inclusion and independence for seniors who live in Vancouver’s West End. Shortly after the death of her husband about a year ago, J.L.’s neighbour started to bring her to the... read more