BC Eviction Mapping: Justice Alongside Charity
Last week we released our initial findings from the BC Eviction Mapping project. The project is the first of its kind in BC, and our first official systems change project that challenges the systems that keep people trapped in cycles of poverty, homelessness, and marginalization. Work on this project began almost a year ago—a testament […]
Eliminating Renter Office contradicts ABC’s election promise
This op-ed was originally published in The Vancouver Sun on January 24, 2023. You can find the op-ed on The Vancouver Sun’s website. Opinion: Without this resource, more vulnerable individuals and families will be at immediate and increased risk of displacement and homelessness. By Katie Koncan, Director of Development and Communications, and Amanda Burrows, Interim […]
Fall Newsletter, Eviction Mapping Project, and Spiritual Care Ministry Updates
Sharing exciting updates from FIRST! Check out our latest newsletter with stories from Legal Advocacy, Spiritual Care, and a Frontline Monthly Donor. First United Fall 2022 Newsletter
The 100-Year Dream for Advocacy
Next year, the FIRST UNITED Legal Advocacy program will turn 50 years old. Only our Meal program andcommunity drop-in pre-date the Advocacy program. It goes to show: people need to be fed, need a safe place to be, and need their rights upheld. Today, the Advocacy program is in high demand, especially for tenancy issues. […]
Summer Newsletter, Building Construction Updates and Advocacy Plans
Sharing exciting updates from FIRST! Check out our latest newsletter with stories on how we spent the months leading up to the demolition of our 320 East Hastings building. Learn more about our Advocacy program and upcoming plans. First United Summer 2022 Newsletter
Fundraising for Homelessness Action Week
As Thanksgiving approaches, we reflect on the things we are grateful for in the past year – family, good food, good health (COVID-19 vaccinations!!!), a warm house and what’s good about our world. This year, Thanksgiving overlaps with another event, one that hits very close to home for us: Homelessness Action Week – from October 10 to 17. We […]
Register for the Liberation Based Healing Conference
Join us on November 5th and 6th, 2021 for a dynamic and unique two-day conference with our Executive Director, Rev. Dr. Carmen Lansdowne. Register here.
Taking Action on International Overdose Awareness Day
Today on IOAD, we grieve the friends and loved ones we’ve lost to drug poisoning. Someone close to us, a mom, wrote this poem about her son.
Truth Telling Requires Truth Listening
Indigenous Author and Educator, Dr. Pamela Rose Toulouse, wrote the book, Truth and Reconciliation in Canadian Schools
Happy Easter from First United!
Happy Easter from First United! To mark this day of celebration, Executive Director Carmen Lansdowne shares her thoughts and best wishes.