The Movement for Belonging
April 27, 2018
Neighbourhood houses have been around in Metro Vancouver since 1894—that’s more than 120 years—helping create spaces for community-building and to encourage a sense of belonging in our cities.
It probably comes as no surprise that in a city as urban and modern as Vancouver, there is a lack of connection and belonging. According to the Vancouver Foundation’s 2017 report on connections and engagement, one in five people surveyed reported that they didn’t have a neighbour to call on for help. The report also found that people wanted to feel connected and spend more time with their neighbours.
That’s where the neighbourhood house movement comes into play. Your local neighbourhood house is a place where you can belong—whatever your race, creed, age, or background might be.
Fourteen houses make up the neighbourhood house movement in Metro Vancouver. Each of these spaces is committed to providing a place where you can drop by, relax, meet and make new friends in the community, prepare food, join a walking club, spend time around little ones, feel empathy from people dealing with situations like yours, find a sense of identity, and most importantly—discovering that you belong here.
During Neighbourhood House Week (April 30 to May 5th), we invite you to drop by and check out the following free events and programs at Kiwassa Neighbourhood House:
Monday & Wednesday 11:00 am – 2: 00 pm and Thursday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Family Place Drop In Centre
Tuesday-Friday 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Monday 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Food Bank & Produce Market (open to everyone)
Tuesday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
11:00-11:30am Priority Mobility Members; 11:30-12:30pm Families with Children under 6 & Seniors 55+; 12:30-1:00pm All other members
Wednesday 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Friday 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Friday 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
We also offer free coffee and tea to the community Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.