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It's our Oct 2021 Newsletter!

Hello! It’s been a minute. We’ve been keeping busy establishing needed programs in new places, addressing dual health emergencies, and working hard on internal changes. But during all that time many folks have been stepping up, gathering greatly needed items for people we work with, contributing to the organization, and making folks feel welcome in their new homes! 

A Sneak Peak into Foxglove

We are so excited to share that this housing will be opening soon! The collage above is from a tour we had earlier this year. This is our first bricks and motor housing program in Surrey, and the six-story building will provide supported housing units, enhanced health supports, and 30 individual shelter rooms.  

Together, working alongside the people living there, we’ll build a community within the building and work with the Surrey community and our partners to create connections with residents outside of the building. Stay tuned for an official opening event! 

Socks! Socks! Socks!

Ever wonder what 899 pairs of socks looks like? When they’re squeezed into three large boxes, they look a lot like this! Pictured above is Steve Henderson from Onside Restoration dropping off said boxes along with our Communications & Fund Development Manager Bill Briscall. Earlier this Fall, Onside did a sock drive at their offices all across the country and we were the lucky nonprofit selected to receive this donation in Vancouver. Clean, dry socks are like gold for anyone who has spent any amount of time sleeping outside, and these socks are making their way to the many folks that stay in our shelters and live in our housing.


DO YOU HAVE BEDDING OR WINTER CLOTHING?

Winter will be here before will know it, and we can always use donations of winter coats, toques, waterproof footwear and bedding, especially at our shelters. Email donations@raincityhousing.org and we'll connect you with the site that's closest to you!

Anti-racism Work is Important Work

RainCity is working to become an anti-racist organization. Over the years, we have failed to create a safe and welcoming environment for BIPOC staff and program participants, despite attempts to do so.  

Anti-racism work, however, has been happening within RainCity through the formal and often informal leadership of Indigenous, Black and People of Colour. Over the past 6 months, we have begun work with two external consultants, an Indigenous woman and a Black woman, to support change across the organization that began with our Senior Leadership Team. 

Addressing Dual Health Emergencies

While the waves of COVID confirm how vigilant we must continue to be, they can also drown out the drug poisoning epidemic that has continued for the past 5 and a half years. Progress to address the continued drug poisoning epidemic has been negatively impacted by COVID resulting in higher levels of deaths month over month over the past year and a half.  

Many lives have been lost during these dual health emergencies, and for the people we work alongside, many more lives have been lost due to the poisoning epidemic. There continues to be a lack of access to legal, safe drug supply and we therefore continue to work alongside residents and tenants to access safe supply whenever we can.

 

Do You Feel Welcome in Your Community?

It’s so important to focus on welcoming people into community particularly when they have often been denied access to community spaces and services. RainCity Housing continues to address the growing need for supported affordable housing throughout the Lower Mainland and we’re intentional about strengthening our ability to welcome people into our housing programs and working with community members to welcome them into community spaces and services and supports to which we are all entitled.  

This is the focus of our fall campaign: Feeling Welcome in Your Community! Does this resonate with you? Someone you know who you think would want to donate? Please share the campaign link with them so we can continue to develop and implement new ideas and challenge the status quo as we work towards building welcoming communities throughout the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast! 

Donate to our 2021 Campaign!

Our 2021 Annual Report is Available!

Hear from our Board Chair, our Co-Executive Directors, and peruse some of our milestones over the past year. One milestone highlighted is the opening of our first Community Station in Vancouver where cis and trans women who are at a high risk of violence can access food, phones, harm reduction supplies, and washrooms. Read or download it here! 

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