Camp Registration is NOW OPEN!

Do you have a 7 – 12 year old who would love to go to camp? If so, they can!

Dates: Monday, July 29th to Friday, Aug 2nd (overnight camp)
Ages: 7 to 12 years old (when the camp is happening)
Fees: $320/camper. 
Location: Gibsons, Sunshine Coast. The transportation will be provided from Vancouver to the camp.  
Deadline: We will aim to fill up the spots by the end of June. Please take quick action if you are interested!

Email Ayumi@boundlessvancouver.ca, or call 604 – 872 – 7676 for more information. 

Fraser Academy “Week Without Walls” 2016

IMG_0401A BIG thank-you to the students and instructors of Fraser Academy who volunteered at VCFS from February 16-18, 2016 during “Week Without Walls.”  This initiative was designed to help students develop into socially responsible citizens through community service work.  The students helped with tasks such as: sorting non-perishable food, packing food hampers, counting and sorting school supplies, and cleaning!  For more information please visit http://www.fraseracademy.ca.

HAW 2015 Kensington-Cedar Cottage Connect

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The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, John Howard Society of the Lower Mainland, Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House, and the Vancouver Public Library-Kensington Branch invite you to the 2015 Cedar Cottage Connect as part of The City of Vancouver’s Homeless Action Week.

The event takes place on October 16, 2015 from 11:00AM-2:00PM at McAuley Park (NE corner @ Fraser & Kingsway).  The event will feature a community resource area showcasing local agencies who provide services aimed at homeless and at-risk individuals, i.e. health care, employment, housing, etc. and will also include FREE food! In addition, the public is also encouraged to attend in an effort to learn what they can do in the fight against poverty.

At 12:30PM all are welcome to attend the screening of a short video illustrating the real-life challenges of living on the streets only a 1/2 block away at The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC.  Following the video presentation, will be an open community forum/discussion focusing on issues related to housing and homelessness in Vancouver.  Light snacks and beverages will be provided.  We hope to see you there!

NOWBC – Empowering Newcomer Families with Information and Resources

IMG_7118August 31, 2015 – The Vancouver School Board (VSB) Settlement Workers in Schools (SWIS) Program  invited The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services to participate in its Newcomer Orientation and Welcome to British Columbia (NOWBC) event which featured informative and educational activities for immigrant and refugee parents, students, and caregivers who have immigrated to Canada.  The NOWBC activities included concurrent information sessions, workshops and demonstrations on various topics relevant to “New Canadians.” There were also display areas where immigrant-serving agencies, non-profit organizations and government agencies, etc. showcased their programs and activities!

Zipline Rides at QE Park Raise Funds for Toy Mountain

IMG_0387Tuesday, August 18th – In support of Toy Mountain 2015, CTV Vancouver teamed with Greenheart International Development Corporation FlightLinez Vancouver.  100% of the proceeds from the zipline rides through Queen Elizabeth Park were generously donated to The Salvation Army to provide aid to families facing serious life challenges.

(Photo: Executive Director, Major Russ Holland, takes flight)

2nd Annual Children’s Easter Carnival & Easter Egg Hunt – Results

SA_Easter Event_ks160The 2nd annual Easter Carnival and Easter Egg Hunt held at Robson Park on Saturday, April 4, 2015 was a tremendous success!  The event was held to commemorate the Easter message along with showcasing Salvation Army programs, services, camps, and the NEW Boundless ministry to the surrounding community.  The carnival consisted of games, crafts, music, stories, and lunch for children and their guardians.  In total, over 55 adults, 82 children, and 35 staff and volunteers were in attendance, and over 200 meals were served!  Due to an overwhelmingly positive response from the community, we look forward to the potential of hosting this event again in 2016.  (Photo courtesy of Kim Stallknecht Photography – www.stallknecht.com)

The 2015 Site Visit from The Langara College Social Service Worker Program Inspires Many!

IMG_1588CONGRATULATIONS to the upcoming graduating students of the 2014-2015 Langara College Social Service Worker career study program.  It was a pleasure to meet you all on March 26, 2015 and share information regarding the work we do at The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services.  We wish you all the best with your career path and/or education ahead.  Stay in touch.  Blessings! (Photo features: Langara Instructor, Frances Grunberg & Director of VCFS, Major Russ Holland)

Staff Enjoy 2014 Hope In The City Breakfast With Local Sponsors

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The Hope in the City Breakfast has become a special Christmas tradition, whereby Vancouver’s business community join together to ring in the holiday season, raise funds and awareness while, celebrating the work of The Salvation Army.  The Salvation Army appreciates the ongoing support demonstrated from a variety of local, caring corporations in Greater Vancouver. Through the care and financial assistance provided, The Salvation Army is better equipped to create significant and long-lasting improvements in local communities while providing essential services for those less fortunate.  The possibilities are endless when we take our place amongst humanity and do our part to help someone along the way.  For more information, please visit www.hopeinthecity.ca.

 

Ways To Help This Christmas

AAFA Christmas filled with memories and joy is simply a dream for some, but with your support and generosity, that dream will come true for a family this December!

Through The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, you can help create a special Christmas for a Vancouver family in need, by providing a Christmas hamper complete with a full turkey dinner, as well as gifts for the parents and children!  For more information, check out the 2014 SAVCFS Donors Christmas Assistance Package.

A story shared …  

“Rosie” sat beside me at a party once. When it came up that I work for The Salvation Army, Rosie smiled. “Oh,” she said with a great spirit, “I went there years ago when my kids were small to get help at Christmas.”

 Because of the kindness shown and opportunities provided, Rosie now works part time and is an active volunteer in her church and at an agency that assists single moms.

 What a true success story, and all because someone just like YOU made the decision to help those in the community by ensuring they enjoyed a Christmas to be remembered.

Thank you for your goodwill and generosity in sharing the joy of Christmas this year.