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Fall 2019 Newsletter

Hello! Welcome to our new Newsletter and thank you for subscribing! It's really a collection of stories about amazing humans - the ones we get to work with and the ones who support us in different ways. We'll be sending one out several times a year. Enjoy!

The Kids Are More Than Alright!

Here at RainCity we are constantly amazed by kids. They have raised funds, raised awareness, and raised our spirits when it’s sometimes needed the most. People can make assumptions, use stereotypes, feel unheard, or even get angry online. But kids can cut through all of this with acts of kindness, made all the more powerful by their young age. Find out what Vivian (above), Chloe, and Ming did that made our spirits soar.

Help our Board improve Food Security

This year our Board wants to provide regular meals for a year in three of our buildings. Improving food security can mean people having more energy to volunteer, pursue a job, and raise their kids. It can improve one’s physical, mental and emotional health.

It’s easy to be a part of this. Head over to our Healthy Food, Healthy Minds direct donation page to make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor. To find out more about the science behind Food Insecurity, visit our Blog.   

“Food security exists when all people, at all times, have economic, physical and social access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food which meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.” – United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization
Donate to Healthy Food, Healthy Minds Now!

Modular Housing: Moving People Inside Faster

Many communities throughout BC are addressing homelessness by providing Modular Housing. We are grateful to be able to operate Modular Housing in three of these communities: Chilliwack (above), Sechelt and Richmond. This past spring we had three formal openings three Fridays in a row, the rapid succession showing both the need for affordable housing, and that this type of housing can be built from almost nothing to begin tenanting in a matter of months.

Moving forward, we continue to get to know our neighbours and work closely with other service providers in each community, and most importantly with Indigenous peoples that have been there since time immemorial. By intentionally working together and learning from each other we can ultimately end homelessness.   
Marnie (left) and Kaylee, both RainCity staff, participate in a Smudge.

Your Donation Dollars:
Indigenous Cultural Services

Many of the issues faced by Indigenous People act as contributors to homelessness and 'houselessness' on their own dispossessed lands. These issues can be directly linked to trauma and from the historical and continuing impacts of cultural disruption, identity loss, and ongoing effects of colonization.

National studies show that Indigenous Peoples are overrepresented in homelessness populations, and eight times more likely than a non-Indigenous person to become homeless. Indigenous people are also far above the national average in health inequities and outcomes. As a result, as many as half of the people living in RainCity buildings are Indigenous.
 
Indigenous Cultural Services and our work with Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers and Ceremony Holders bridge cultural knowledge, teachings and ways of being into the organization, and the places where we work and the people we work with. Indigenous staff bring with them a living and embodied culture, knowledge, and values, and their work is reflective of their unique histories and diversity from the over 200 First nations of BC, and the 640 First Nations across Canada.
 
Your support means:
  • Non-Indigenous practices can be Indigenized to make space for cultural learning, knowledge and teachings
  • Access to services that are representative and embody Indigenous Culture and practices
  • Indigenous staff can feel supported in matters of Cultural Safety, representation and access to tradition and process
  • Over 1300 people, Indigenous and non-Indigenous can have opportunities to address the impacts of colonization and intergenerational trauma together and learn from each other

RECONCILIATION IS AN ONGOING PROCESS

Reconciliation happens in different ways, but always intentional ways. Thank you for supporting Indigenous Cultural Services at RainCity.
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