Rockridge Secondary School Volunteers

Thank you to the students in the Spoonful program at Rockridge Secondary School for generously volunteering last Friday, January 20! These students cooked and cleaned at our Community Drop-in Breakfast Program. They also packed food hampers for families with children. We hope to have these bright and hardworking students volunteer with us again. Keep in touch!

Rockridge Secondary Students

 

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Anger Management – Spring 2017 Dates

7 SESSIONS TO IDENTIFY TRIGGERS AND MANAGE ANGRY FEELINGS

Women’s Group: February 8 – March 22, 2017 (every Wed), 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Men’s Group: February 9 – March 23, 2017 (every Thur), 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: The Salvation Army Belkin House, 555 Homer St, Vancouver
Fee: $50 (sponsorship may be available)
Enquiry: Joseph / Ming (604) 872-7676
Registration: An intake interview is required.
Please call to book an appointment.

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2016 Christmas Assistance Program Dates

web DarrylKing 2013 -7684The Christmas season can be a challenging time for individuals and families living in Vancouver, BC.  With the help of the community and other organizations we are able to provide the following programs and services this season:

Friday, November 28, 9:00 – 10:00AM: Final Community Drop-In Breakfast for 2016

December 1 – December 14, Monday – Friday, 9:00AM – 3:00PM: Family Christmas Assistance Assessment/Registration for Vancouver residents with children ages 0-18 years old.  The following documents are required upon application:

  • Government Issued Valid ID (No Photocopies) for all family members
    Social Services Cards (Medical Care Cards), Driver’s License, BCID, Birth Certificate, Passport, Status Card, etc.
  • Proof of Address with current date
    Paper copies of current hydro bill, phone bill, rent receipt, etc.
  • Proof of Income for household
    Last 2 months pay or social assistance stubs or bank statements plus Child Tax Benefit Assessment Notice

Thursday, December 22, 9:00AM – 3:00PM: Care packages for individuals without children (I.D. required)

December 26-27, 2016 and January 2, 2017: Office Closed

Friday, January 6, 2017, 9:00 – 10:00AM: Community Drop-In Breakfast resumes

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VCH Flu Clinic on Friday, October 28, 2016 at 9:00AM

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At-risk individuals living in the community are invited to our annual seasonal flu vaccination clinic held in the fall.  The clinic is hosted by a team of nurses from Raven Song Community Care Clinic.  For more information call 604-709-6466 or visit www.vch.ca/flu-clinics.

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2016 Community Drop-In Breakfast Hiatus Dates Announced

DM-0606Due to our Annual Christmas Assistance Program, the final Community Drop-In Breakfast of 2016 will be held on Monday, November 28, 2016 from 9:00AM-10:00AM.  Therefore, there will be no breakfast meals  provided from Friday, December 2, 2016 through to Monday, January 2, 2016.  The Community Drop-In Breakfast will resume on Friday, January 6, 2017 from 9:00AM-10:00AM.  Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year!  We thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation!

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This Christmas, Volunteer your Time and be a Bell Ringer for The Salvation Army!

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We welcome individuals, groups, corporations, businesses, clubs, organizations and teams to support Salvation Army programs and services by giving your time to host a kettle in your community throughout the duration of the campaign or just for a day.  A sign can even be created for the Kettle stand recognizing your group’s partnership with The Salvation Army.  For more information on volunteering as a kettle host or “bell-ringer” please phone 604-872-7676 or email kettles@salvationarmyvcfs.com.    We thank-you for your continued generosity!  Also, be sure to check out our Kettle Promotional Video and applications below.

Apply to Host a Kettle !

Begin the process by downloading a copy of the 2016 SAVCFS CHRISTMAS VOLUNTEER KETTLE HOST APPLICATION or request one from kettles@salvationarmyvcfs.com.  To register a group; instead, download a copy of the 2016 SAVCFS CHRISTMAS GROUP KETTLE HOST APPLICATION.  Once completed, please submit your application: by postal mail or in person to the Kettle Coordinator at The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8; by fax to 604-872-7678; or by email to kettles@salvationarmyvcfs.com.  We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Teryiaki-1History of the Kettles

The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign is one of Canada’s largest and most recognizable annual charitable events.  In addition to the critical fundraising impact of the Campaign, the Christmas Kettles boost the Army’s visibility and awareness.  In fact, there are more than 2,000 kettle locations across Canada that support a wide range of Salvation Army programs.

For many Canadians, the Christmas Kettles are their only point of contact with The Salvation Army all year.  According to public opinion polling, more than half of all Salvation Army donors list “giving to a Christmas Kettle” as their primary method of giving to The Salvation Army.

Furthermore, the Army relies on the co-operation of numerous retail partners to endure the ongoing success of this campaign.  Continued goodwill from these retail partners is critical.

For all of these reasons, it is crucial that the Christmas Kettle Campaign be effectively and consistently managed across the country.  The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign has raised funds for more than 120 years to meet its demand for services.  The Campaign has grown into one of Canada’s most significant and recognizable annual charitable events.

Canada’s first kettle was used in St. John’s, Newfoundland, in 1906.  Today, the familiar kettles and kettle workers (or ‘bell ringers’) are seen in more than 2,000 locations nationwide.  For more than 100 years the annual Christmas Kettle Campaign has been a great way for people to help others in need in their local community through the work of The Salvation Army!

Christmas Kettle Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Bell Ringer?

A Bell Ringer is someone who stands beside the iconic Salvation Army Christmas Kettle and receives donations from passers-by.  They ring bells where permitted to subtly remind people of those in need at Christmas in our community.  Kettles are typically located in malls and outside retail stores from mid-November to Christmas Eve.

How much time is required?

Bell Ringers typically stand by a kettle 2 to 4 hours at both indoor and outdoor locations.  Ideally, it is best if volunteers commit to 8 to 10 hours throughout the course of the Christmas Kettle Campaign which runs from mid-November to Christmas Eve.

What is the Christmas Kettle Campaign?

The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign is a fundraising effort that occurs each year during the Christmas season.  Kettles are found in 2000 locations across Canada and are an opportunity for the public to donate whatever funds they can to support the work of The Salvation Army during the Christmas season and throughout the year.

The tradition of Salvation Army kettles began in San Francisco in 1891 with Captain Joseph McFee.  Captain McFee was looking for a way to help provide meals to families in need and recalled the “Simpson’s pot” – a large pot used in Liverpool, England into which passers-by threw charitable donations.  Captain McFee decided to place a similar pot at the Oakland ferry landing.  By strategically placing the kettle, he was able to attract donations from those going to and from the ferry boats.

Now, over 100 years have passed and beyond providing Christmas dinners, the money raised at kettles is also used to provide clothing, shelter, food, toys, financial assistance and counselling year-round.  The Salvation Army’s holiday fund-raising activities play a crucial role in sharing the spirit of the season with families in need.  The Salvation Army does its best to ensure that no family goes without food, no child is without presents under the tree and that Christmas is a time of hope and healing.

What happens to the money raised?

For too many Canadians, the necessities of life needed for basic human dignity are out of reach.  Poverty is the root cause that puts dignity out of reach for millions of Canadians, making access to everyday needs, like food, clothing and shelter, difficult.

Funds raised through donations made at Christmas kettles, together with other sources of funds, help provide direct, compassionate, hands-on service to 1.6 million people each year in Canada, restoring hope and dignity to those who might otherwise remain invisible in society.

How does The Salvation Army determine where the funds raised will be used?

While Salvation Army Christmas kettles can be found all across Canada, and around the world, each Christmas kettle location is organized and managed by a local Salvation Army unit. The funds raised stay in the community in which they were donated and are used to support local Salvation Army programs for people in need.

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NEW Employment Opportunity – 2016 Christmas Kettle Hosts/Bell-Ringers Needed!

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NEW Employment Opportunity – 2016 Christmas Kettle Supervisors/Drivers Needed!

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Anger Management Fall Registration Now Available!

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Help Change a Life – Send a Child to School Fully Equipped with Supplies for a Year of Learning!

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It is time again for the 2016 Backpack and School Supply Drive here at The Salvation Army Vancouver Community and Family Services, in partnership with Staples and The Canadian Bible Society. For years we have been supplying backpacks filled with essentials school supplies including: binders, pens, coloured markers, paper, and more. We began with a goal of reaching 200 children in our community and now regularly give away over 1,000 backpacks to children throughout British Columbia.

Our Goal:

Is to provide 2,000 children with new backpacks stuffed with school supplies and that glorious feeling of entering the first day fully equipped! I am sure you remember it well… arriving on the first day of a new school year, prepared with your new backpack and supplies, ready for any challenges that might arise. However, for many families this is increasingly difficult as financial pressures and other necessities take priority over school supplies. We want to ensure that every child is well prepared to thrive during the 2016-2017 school year and able to achieve their fullest potential.

How can you help?

We cannot do this without the help of a community of people coming together to support this project. As such, from now until August we will be accepting donations at:

3213 Fraser Street Vancouver B.C V5V 4B8
Donations can be given in the following forms: a monetary contribution which will go directly towards the purchase of backpacks or supplies, a backpack filled with the items listed below, empty backpacks, or any of the items below.

Coloured Markers
Dividers
Duotangs
Erasers
Glue Stick
Highlighter
Paper
Blue, Black and Red Pens
Pencils
Pencil Case
Pencil Crayons
Pencil Sharpener
Ruler
Scissors
White-Out

We are excited by the potential of reaching our goal with your help and are deeply thankful for any contribution you can make. When you drop off donations please make sure you provide us with you name and contact info so we can thank you and inform you of the final results.

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TELUS Days of Giving 2016

IMG_0750A BIG thanks to the 11 TELUS employees who volunteered at the Community Drop-In Breakfast on May 27th and served over 50 meals.  “We give where we live to improve the lives of youth and their communities. We are committed to driving strong social outcomes in the areas of health, education and the environment by harnessing the power of technology to improve healthcare, ensure our youth’s future success and promote a sustainable environment.” – @TELUS

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Upcoming Community Kitchen – Registration Available!

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2016 VCFS Volunteer Service Award Winners

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Darren Taruc—Sally Ann Service Award—For Outstanding Commitment to Mission and For Completing 37 Hours of Volunteer Service From December 10, 2015 to March 31, 2016

Elizabeth Lawson—Kettle Host Service Award—For 52 Hours of Service & For Fundraising $1, 862.43 During the 2015 Christmas Kettle Campaign

Hong Wo Wu—Retirement Achievement Award—For 8 Years of Volunteer Service From 2008 – 2016 and For Completing 94 Hours of Volunteer Service From May 20, 2015 to March 31, 2016

Juanita Kushner—Longstanding Service Award—For 8 Years of Volunteer Service From 2008 – 2016 and For Completing 72 Hours of Volunteer Service From May 20, 2015 to March 31, 2016

Nicole Kushner—Longstanding Service Award—For 8 Years of Volunteer Service From 2008 – 2016 and For Completing 26 Hours of Volunteer Service From May 20, 2015 to March 31, 2016

Tomomi Shinohara—Volunteer Of The Year—For Completing 117 Hours of Excellent Service Between January 26, 2016 and March 31, 2016

 

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The Salvation Army Celebrates Volunteers

CaptureDuring National Volunteer Week, April 10-16, The Salvation Army is celebrating the significant contributions of our 140,000 volunteers. If you’ve supported our work as a volunteer, please accept our sincere appreciation.

“Every day, Salvation Army volunteers contribute their time and skills to improve the lives of vulnerable people in their communities. Their contributions are essential to the success of Salvation Army programs and services,” says Major Les Marshall, Territorial Public Relations & Development Secretary.

The Salvation Army has many volunteer opportunities across the country.

Candace serves food at a Salvation Army hot meal program to help hungry people in her community. “The meal program helps us connect with people and look for solutions to their other concerns as well,” she says.

Terry drives hundreds of people who can’t afford transportation to medical appointments. “I feel better when I can make someone’s life a little easier,” he says.

The Salvation Army relies on our volunteers in order to carry out our work effectively. You can make a difference in the lives of vulnerable Canadians. For more information on volunteering, click here.

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Volunteer Cooks Needed Wednesdays & Thursdays from 10AM-12PM

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The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services is currently seeking individuals to volunteer as Cooks during ‘Growing Your Own Food Bank’ Gardening Club on Wednesdays @ 10:00AM-12:00PM and Women In Touch on Thursdays @ 10:00AM-12:00PM. FoodSafe certification is an asset.

Volunteer Cooks will be responsible for:

Provide quality and timely prepared foods
Follow sanitation guidelines
Adhere to safety procedures
Prepare and cook food items
Track food quality
Handle special meal requests and dietary restrictions
Communicate effectively with staff, volunteers, and guests
Perform additional tasks requested by your supervisor
Perform cleanup procedures

Benefits of Volunteering
  Experiencing the joy of sharing your gifts, talents, and skills
Opportunities arise to learn new skills and refine existing ones
Helping others is therapy for the soul
Adds useful and practical experience to your resume
You may develop new friendships

To Apply

Begin the volunteer process by completing the SAVCFS Volunteer Application Form. Upon completion, you may submit by postal mail or in person to the Volunteer Coordinator at The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8; by fax to 604-872-7678; or by email to volunteer@salvationarmyvcfs.com. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Sign-Up Available for Community Kitchen Spring Session

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Child Care Volunteers Needed

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The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services is currently seeking individuals to volunteer as Child Caregivers during Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen (Mondays @ 12:00-2:30PM) and Moms & Tots (Tuesdays @ 10:30AM-12:00PM).

Caregivers will be responsible for:

  • The care and supervision of children within the Ministry Unit
  • Provide various experiences and activities for children including songs, games, and story telling
  • Build children’s self esteem and provide positive guidance
  • Provide a safe and comforting environment for children
  • Clearly and effectively communicate in a manner that children understand

Caregivers will work with staff to:

  • Plan and implement activities to meet the needs of children
  • Ensure adequate equipment and activities are provided
  • Ensure equipment and facility are clean, well maintained, and safe at all times
  • Adhere to policies and procedures for working with children
  • Ensure emergency procedures are well known and effectively implemented at all times
Qualifications:
  • Valid Early Childhood Educator and/or Infant Toddler Educator Certificate is an asset
  • Valid First Aid and CPR Certificate is an asset
  • Demonstrated knowledge of child care practices
The incumbent must possess and demonstrate the following skills:
  • Teamwork
  • Analytical and problem solving
  • Effective verbal and listening communication
The incumbent must must also demonstrate the following personal attributes:
  • Be respectful and reliable
  • Demonstrate sound work ethics and high level of responsibility and accountability
  • Be consistent and understanding
To Apply
Begin the volunteer process by completing the SAVCFS Volunteer Application Form.  Upon completion, you may submit by postal mail or in person to the Volunteer Coordinator at The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8; by fax to 604-872-7678; or by email to volunteer@salvationarmyvcfs.com.  We look forward to hearing from you soon!  Please note, before volunteer commencement a Criminal Record Check is required.
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Re-Introducing “Moving Forward – Personal Development Support”

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Are you stuck?  Are you ready to take the next step?  Do you want to improve your situation relating to housing, education, employment, recovery, etc.?  Moving Forward provides one-on-one planning towards achieving goals and taking action.  The caseworker will also provide you with access to community resources, advocacy, and follow-up support.  Call for appointment.

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FREE Easter Community Block Party!

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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.

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Register Now For 2016 Camp Sunrise Clean-Up!

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Syrian Refugee Relief Effort

imageWriter.aspxThe Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services has been serving individuals and families in Vancouver and Burnaby for more than 40 years.  Our mandate is to provide services to members of the community, children and families facing serious life challenges such as poverty, isolation, abuse, neglect, homelessness, addiction, hunger and mental illness, etc.  We strive to do this with a continuum of care model focusing on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of our clients.  Through our Programs and Services we aim to support the whole person and entire communities.  In response to the ongoing arrival of Syrian refugees, we continue to offer access to our Weekly Activities, Basic Needs Support Services, Capacity Building Services, Seasonal Programs, and Other Services to individuals and families who meet the eligibility criteria.  Phone 604-872-7676 for more details or to schedule an appointment.

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Registration for Community Kitchen Now Available!

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Women In Touch Winter Schedule

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Moms & Tots Winter Schedule

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Breakfast is Back!

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Back by Popular Demand on both Mondays & Fridays from 9:00AM – 10:00AM!

All are welcome to come listen to the Word of God and give Him praise through song.  Following the brief devotional you are invited to enjoy a warm breakfast and hot beverages prepared by our dedicated staff and volunteers.  You will also have an opportunity to connect with other internal and outside resources such as: counselling, personal development support, chaplaincy, and health care.

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Winter Registration for Anger Management Now Available!

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Wishing You a Happy New Year!

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Dear Friends,

The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services thanks you for your generous contributions this past Christmas and throughout 2015.  Your ongoing commitment allows us to reach out to those in our community who need it most.  Click here to learn more about our programs and services!

We look forward to a continued partnership throughout 2016 and encourage you to follow us on Twitter or sign up for our Newsletter.  You may wish to visit us online occasionally for current and upcoming volunteer and donor opportunities.  For more information, please contact us at 604-872-7676 or email info@salvationarmyvcfs.com.

Have a Happy New Year!

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VCFS & Boundless Introduce Boundless Art!

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Ways To Help This Christmas

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Dear friend,

Generations of Canadians have made donating to The Salvation Army their favourite way to help suffering individuals and families during the holidays. And it’s a wonderful Christmas tradition…

Children who would otherwise be overlooked get to experience the wonder of opening gifts of toys and clothes on Christmas Day. Families who are struggling to make ends meet receive food so they can share together in a festive holiday meal. The most vulnerable among us are welcomed in to share in the joy of the season.

But Christmas cheer is just a small part of what we provide. Through the generosity of caring people like you, The Salvation Army is meeting core human needs and bringing hope and restoration to those who need it most.

Will you keep the tradition going?

Please support our Christmas Campaign and give hope today by participating in one or more of the methods below:

1. Host a Christmas Kettle between November 12 – December 24, 2015! Gather family, friends, business colleagues together, or by yourself go for a few hours, a day, or several to spread holiday cheer in the community while collecting donations to support Salvation Army programs and help others in need. To begin, please complete the appropriate Online Kettle Host Application and email to volunteer@salvationarmyvcfs.com. To Host or Donate to an Online Kettle, visit www.fillthekettle.com, where you can also create your own friendly office competition against other departments or agencies!

To download a copy of our 2015 Volunteer Kettle Host Application, click here!

To download a copy of our 2015 Group Volunteer Kettle Host Application, click here!

2. Volunteer! Between November 16 – December 24, 2015, gather family, friends, or business colleagues together for a few hours or a day of packing toys for children and team building, or help us to unload and sort Toy Mountain on the eve of December 11, 2015! Individual volunteers are also needed to assist in the process of registering families for Christmas Assistance. To begin, please complete the appropriate Online Volunteer Application and email to volunteer@salvationarmyvcfs.com.

To download a copy of our Volunteer Application, click here!

To download a copy of our Group Volunteer Application, click here!

3. Donations by cash or cheque are accepted by mail or in person at The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8. Or donate online by visiting our Online Donation Site. Be sure to designate your gift to The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services Christmas Assistance Program. Or donate by texting “HOPE1000” to 45678! A $5.00 charge will appear on your next mobile phone bill.

4. Purchase and deliver new, unopened toys to The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8 or hold an Office Toy Drive! Encourage your colleagues to collect new, unopened toys, gift cards, or children’s clothing and allow us to distribute. Currently, we are in great need of gift cards for teens age 13-15, i.e. Cineplex, Indigo, Old Navy, H&M, Winners, Best Buy, Walmart, etc. Email donate@salvationarmyvcfs.com or phone 604-872-7676 to schedule drop off before December 24, 2015.

Please note, we are no longer able to offer the traditional Adopt-A-Family Program and facilitate meetups due to updated client confidentiality and privacy regulations, along with both client and donor security. We value your contributions to the community, and hope you continue to support us and the program recipients throughout this transition.

5. Collect essential toiletries and supplies such as: soap, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products, socks, gloves, scarves, toques, blankets, new clothing along with other goodies such as chocolate treats and candy for The Salvation Army to distribute to both homeless and at-risk individuals living in Vancouver. Email donate@salvationarmyvcfs.com or phone 604-872-7676 to schedule drop off to The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8, before December 24, 2015.

6. Purchase and deliver new, unopened, non-perishable food items to The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8 or hold an Office Food Drive! Currently, we are in great need of: peanut butter, rice, macaroni & cheese, dry noodles, and canned soup, beans, vegetables, fruit, tuna, and meat. These items will be distributed to families in need of emergency food both at Christmas and throughout the year. Email donate@salvationarmyvcfs.com or phone 604-872-7676 to schedule drop off.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

God bless you!

The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services

Visit us online at www.salvationarmyvcfs.com

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This Christmas, Give your Time and be a Bell Ringer for The Salvation Army!

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Begin the process by downloading a copy of the 2015 SAVCFS CHRISTMAS KETTLE HOST APPLICATION.  To register a group; instead, download a copy of the 2015 SAVCFS CHRISTMAS GROUP KETTLE HOST APPLICATION.  Once completed, please submit your application: by postal mail or in person to the Kettle Coordinator at The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8; by fax to 604-872-7678; or by email to kettles@salvationarmyvcfs.com.  Also, be sure to check out our Kettle Promotional Video.  We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Teryiaki-1History of the Kettles

The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign is one of Canada’s largest and most recognizable annual charitable events.  In addition to the critical fundraising impact of the Campaign, the Christmas Kettles boost the Army’s visibility and awareness.  In fact, there are more than 2,000 kettle locations across Canada that support a wide range of Salvation Army programs.

For many Canadians, the Christmas Kettles are their only point of contact with The Salvation Army all year.  According to public opinion polling, more than half of all Salvation Army donors list “giving to a Christmas Kettle” as their primary method of giving to The Salvation Army.

Furthermore, the Army relies on the co-operation of numerous retail partners to endure the ongoing success of this campaign.  Continued goodwill from these retail partners is critical.

For all of these reasons, it is crucial that the Christmas Kettle Campaign be effectively and consistently managed across the country.  The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign has raised funds for more than 120 years to meet its demand for services.  The Campaign has grown into one of Canada’s most significant and recognizable annual charitable events.

Canada’s first kettle was used in St. John’s, Newfoundland, in 1906.  Today, the familiar kettles and kettle workers (or ‘bell ringers’) are seen in more than 2,000 locations nationwide.  For more than 100 years the annual Christmas Kettle Campaign has been a great way for people to help others in need in their local community through the work of The Salvation Army!

Christmas Kettle Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Bell Ringer?

A Bell Ringer is someone who stands beside the iconic Salvation Army Christmas Kettle and receives donations from passers-by.  They ring bells where permitted to subtly remind people of those in need at Christmas in our community.  Kettles are typically located in malls and outside retail stores from mid-November to Christmas Eve.

How much time is required?

Bell Ringers typically stand by a kettle 2 to 4 hours at both indoor and outdoor locations.  Ideally, it is best if volunteers commit to 8 to 10 hours throughout the course of the Christmas Kettle Campaign which runs from mid-November to Christmas Eve.

What is the Christmas Kettle Campaign?

The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign is a fundraising effort that occurs each year during the Christmas season.  Kettles are found in 2000 locations across Canada and are an opportunity for the public to donate whatever funds they can to support the work of The Salvation Army during the Christmas season and throughout the year.

The tradition of Salvation Army kettles began in San Francisco in 1891 with Captain Joseph McFee.  Captain McFee was looking for a way to help provide meals to families in need and recalled the “Simpson’s pot” – a large pot used in Liverpool, England into which passers-by threw charitable donations.  Captain McFee decided to place a similar pot at the Oakland ferry landing.  By strategically placing the kettle, he was able to attract donations from those going to and from the ferry boats.

Now, over 100 years have passed and beyond providing Christmas dinners, the money raised at kettles is also used to provide clothing, shelter, food, toys, financial assistance and counselling year-round.  The Salvation Army’s holiday fund-raising activities play a crucial role in sharing the spirit of the season with families in need.  The Salvation Army does its best to ensure that no family goes without food, no child is without presents under the tree and that Christmas is a time of hope and healing.

What happens to the money raised?

For too many Canadians, the necessities of life needed for basic human dignity are out of reach.  Poverty is the root cause that puts dignity out of reach for millions of Canadians, making access to everyday needs, like food, clothing and shelter, difficult.

Funds raised through donations made at Christmas kettles, together with other sources of funds, help provide direct, compassionate, hands-on service to 1.6 million people each year in Canada, restoring hope and dignity to those who might otherwise remain invisible in society.

How does The Salvation Army determine where the funds raised will be used?

While Salvation Army Christmas kettles can be found all across Canada, and around the world, each Christmas kettle location is organized and managed by a local Salvation Army unit. The funds raised stay in the community in which they were donated and are used to support local Salvation Army programs for people in need.

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2015 Christmas Assistance Program Dates Announced!

web DarrylKing 2013 -7684The Christmas season can be a challenging time for individuals and families living in Vancouver, BC.  With the help of the community and other organizations we are able to provide the following programs and services throughout November and December:

Friday, October 30, 9:00 – 10:00AM: Final Community Drop-In Breakfast for 2015

November 30 – December 11, Monday – Friday, 9:00AM – 3:00PM: Family Christmas Assistance Assessment/Registration for Vancouver residents ONLY (1 month required) with children ages 0-18 years old.  The following documents are required upon application:

Government Issued Valid ID (No Photocopies) for all family members
Social Services Cards (Medical Care Cards) or Driver’s License, BCID, Birth Certificate, Passport, Status Card

Proof of Address with current date
Paper copies of current hydro bill, phone bill, rent receipt, etc.  *Due to The Salvation Army Computer Access and Usage Policy as well as wi-fi connection capacity, it is your responsibility to prepare paper copies in advance.*

Proof of Income for household
Last 2 months pay or social assistance stubs or bank statements plus Child Tax Benefit Assessment Notice.  *We may require more detailed information regarding your income to qualify for this program.*

The requirements above are for general cases, we would suggest bringing any documents that explain your situation, especially if you don’t have a stable income source, any exclusive difficulties, etc. It will help us understand your situation to better help you.   Please note that you will not qualify for the program if you don’t meet the requirements and/or don’t provide satisfactory documents.  You are welcome back for re-assessment with additional documents during the Assessment/Registration.

December 21 – 22: Care packages for individuals without children (I.D. required)

December 25, 28, and January 1, 2016: Office Closed

Friday, January 8, 2016, 9:00 – 10:00AM: Community Drop-In Breakfast resumes

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Register Now for ‘Growing Your Own Food Bank’ Community Gardening Club

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November 25, 2015 – The `Growing Your Own Food Bank’ Community Gardening Club celebrated one year of gardening their own food!  The core members met to share gardening tips and enjoy a meal and laughter together as they recapped various learning and achievements.  Most notably, the installation of an indoor hydroponic tower garden in which members took turns to care for.  The group will reconvene on January 20, 2016 at 11:00AM and is accepting new members!

If you are interested in growing your own food all year-round, call 604-872-7676 or email communitygarden@salvationarmyvcfs.com

Posted in Programs & Services

Thank-You Vanguard College

IMG_0019A BIG Thank-you to the students and faculty of Vanguard College who prepared and served over 50 meals at our Community Drop-In Breakfast this morning in addition to cleaning the facilities and packing over 150 emergency food hampers!  For more information on Vanguard College, please visit http://www.vanguardcollege.com/.

Posted in Programs & Services, Volunteer

Flu Clinic: 9:00-10:30AM on Friday, October 30, 2015 @ The Salvation Army VCFS – 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC

homemade fertilizer made from kitchen wasteGet your flu shot. It’s safe and it works!

Do your part to stop the spread of germs. Get your flu shot.

This year’s flu shot will give you protection against three strains of influenza viruses specified by the World Health Organization: A/California/7/2009 (h1N1)pdm09-like virus, A/Switzerland/9715293/2013 (h3N2)-like virus, B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (Yamagata lineage). Children will also be protected against a fourth strain – B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus.  For more information, visit Vancouver Coastal Health.

Posted in Community Events, Programs & Services

Employment Opportunity: Christmas Kettle Supervisor / Driver

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We thank and acknowledge all applicants and will pro-actively contact those selected for interviews.

** Vancouver Multiple Locations**

JOB PURPOSE:
To ensure daily setup and collection of Kettles in designated zone along with site supervision.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Provide safe, secure and timely transfer of Kettles, supplies and money to and from assigned locations
• Communicate with and provide supervision, instruction and guidance to Kettle hosts; report any and all incidents, recommendations, concerns, and trends to Kettle Coordinator
• Liaise with retail/security personnel regarding Kettle exchange, storage, shift changes, personnel changes, host breaks, host belongings, etc.
• Aid hosts in the retrieval and/or set up designated Christmas Kettle from storage locations
• Troubleshoot and debrief with Kettle Coordinator at the beginning and throughout duration of each shift
• Manage inventory and replenish Kettle supplies when low; provide maintenance to Kettles and supplies
• Perform other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Be punctual, reliable and community minded
• Positively portrays The Salvation Army and reflect its mission and core values
• Possesses good customer service skills – be friendly, courteous, positive, outgoing, flexible, task oriented, and patient
• Be able to work independently
• Ability to focus on job and refrain from distractions, i.e. mobile phone use when driving
• Possesses good oral and written communication skills
• Ability to lift and move objects up to 25 lbs.
• Follows the dress code and be well groomed
• Possesses and wear proper outdoor attire in inclement weather
• Ability to calculate basic mathematical equations and problem-solve
• Possesses and access to mobile phone and email
• Possesses a valid BC Driver’s License and access to the use of a vehicle
• Ability to attend orientation session and agrees to Standards of Conduct
• Previous fundraising experience, supervision, delivery, and volunteer experience an asset
• Agrees to undergo a Criminal Records Check
• Minimum high school education or equivalency an asset

HOURS: Max. 35 hours per week; split shift and flexible hours may be required

TERM OF EMPLOYMENT:
• Temporary part time; 6-week commitment ( Monday – Saturday, No Sundays)
• Duration: November 12, 2015 to December 24, 2015

Interested applicants must respond in writing by October 23, 2015 Friday to:
Human Resources
The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services
3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8
Fax: 604-872-7678
EMAIL: kettles@salvationarmyvcfs.com

The Salvation Army exists to share the love of Jesus Christ, meet human needs and be a transforming influence in the communities of our world. Each position contributes to the mission of The Salvation Army.

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Employment Opportunity: Christmas Kettle Host / Bell-Ringer

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We thank and acknowledge all applicants and will pro-actively contact those selected for interviews.

** Vancouver Multiple Locations**
JOB PURPOSE:
To collect donations from holiday shoppers by spreading Christmas cheer and promoting The
Salvation Army.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Arrive at assigned location on time, retrieve and set up designated Christmas Kettle from storage location; remain with Christmas Kettle until shift change or Kettle is picked up by personnel
• Stand near Christmas Kettle for the entire duration of shift; greet, smile and collect donations from passers-by; thank donors
• Ensure Christmas Kettle is attended or stored away during restroom and meal breaks per instruction given; to ensure security of Christmas Kettle and monetary donations
• Follow instructions of Supervisor and Coordinator; report any problems or concerns to Supervisor or Coordinator
• Distribute swag, i.e. blessing cards, etc.
• Promote Salvation Army programs & services, volunteering, when opportunities arise
• Respond to donor questions or make appropriate referral
• Collect donor’s information when a request is made for a charitable tax receipt
• Manage inventory and request supplies when necessary
• Perform other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Be punctual, reliable and community minded
• Positively portrays The Salvation Army and reflect its mission and core values
• Possesses good customer service skills – be friendly, courteous, positive, outgoing, flexible, task oriented, patient
• Be able to work independently
• Ability to focus on job and refrain from distractions, i.e. mobile phone use, texting, etc.
• Possesses good oral communication skills
• Ability to stand for prolonged periods of time and ability to lift and move objects up to 25 lbs
• Willingness to work indoors at high traffic retail locations and outdoors in inclement weather
• Follows the dress code and be well groomed
• Possesses and wear proper outdoor attire in inclement weather
• Possesses and can ensure access to mobile phone, email, transportation.
• Ability to attend orientation session and agrees of Standard of Conduct
• Previous fundraising experience, customer service, and volunteer experience an asset
• Agrees to undergo a Criminal Records Check
• Minimum high school education or equivalency an asset

HOURS: Max. 35 hours per week; Varies within 10 AM to 7 PM

TERM OF EMPLOYMENT:
• Temporary part time; 6-week commitment ( Monday – Saturday, No Sundays)
• Duration: November 12, 2015 to December 24, 2015

Interested applicants must respond in writing by October 23, 2015 Friday to:
Human Resources
The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services
3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8
Fax: 604-872-7678
EMAIL: kettles@salvationarmyvcfs.com

The Salvation Army exists to share the love of Jesus Christ, meet human needs and be a transforming influence in the communities of our world. Each position contributes to the mission of The Salvation Army.

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Kensington-Cedar Cottage Homelessness Action Week Event

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*Please note that our Community Drop-In Breakfast will be cancelled on this day*

Posted in Community Events, Programs & Services

Happy Retirement to Majors Russ and Judy Holland

20150928_132743We are most grateful to Russ and Judy for their consistent and caring leadership, grounded in faith and strong commitment to their calling to Officership and the Army.  They will be missed in their current roles and in reflection upon 26 years of effective and impactful leadership, applied with love and zeal.  We wish them well as they transition and continue to serve the Lord in other ways in the future.

Posted in Personnel

Spirituality & Peace Group

UntitledAre you hungry beyond what bread can satisfy and wanting to see peaceful resolutions in your life?  Be part of an open and friendly discussion group under the caring facilitation of The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services!  We aim to empower all who come to explore the meaning of life and other things that make life more meaningful, while building friendships and hope.

Come join us on Fridays from 10:30am-12pm from October 23 – November 20, 2015.  Call to register at 604-872-7676.

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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!

Posted in Community Events, Programs & Services

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!

Posted in Community Events, Programs & Services

Farewell To Summer Student Employee

IMG_1894A BIG thank-you to summer student employee, Rachel Martens, for her hard work and dedication over the past few months.  Rachel’s efforts led to the success of the 2015 Back-to-School Supplies Program and further development of the ‘Growing Your Own Food Bank’ Community Gardening Club.  We wish her all the best as she continues her studies at Trinity Western University.

Posted in Personnel, Programs & Services

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)

Posted in Community Events, Donate, Programs & Services

Beginning September 7, 2015 – the Community Drop-In Breakfast Program will no longer operate on Mondays

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Fridays: 9:00AM – 10:00AM

All are welcome to come listen to the Word of God and give Him praise through song.  Following the brief devotional you are invited to enjoy a warm breakfast and hot beverages prepared by our dedicated staff and volunteers.  You will also have an opportunity to connect with other internal and outside resources such as: counselling, personal development support, chaplaincy, and health care.

Posted in Programs & Services

Anger Management Fall 2015 Dates Announced!

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Anger Management: 7 Sessions to Identify Triggers and Manage Angry Feelings – Co-sponsored by The Salvation Army Belkin House

Women’s Group: September 30 – November 18, 2015 (Wednesdays @ 1-3PM) – No session on November 11, Remembrance Day

Men’s Group: October 1 – November 12, 2015 (Thursdays @ 1-3PM)

Location: The Salvation Army Belkin House, 555 Homer Street, Vancouver, BC

Fee: $50.00 (Sponsorship may be available)

Registration: An intake interview is required. Call Ming or Joseph at 604-872-7676 to book an appointment.

 

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YWAM Idaho Feeds The Hungry at Community Drop-In Breakfast

IMG_5219A BIG thank-you to the 10 members of Youth With A Mission Canada and Youth With A Mission Idaho who volunteered at the Community Drop-In Breakfast this morning.  Along with serving over 100 meals, the group also prepared over 50 emergency food hampers for families in need!

Posted in Programs & Services, Volunteer

Worm Composting Workshop with City Farmer

IMG_1872A BIG thanks to Michelle Drewitz of City Farmer for providing a step-by-step demonstration of how-to compost with red wiggler worms!  Worm composting is a method for recycling food waste into a rich, dark, earth-smelling soil conditioner that can be done indoors and outdoors, thus allowing year round composting – perfect for apartments!  The ‘Growing Your Own Food Bank’ Community Gardening Club participants continue to learn healthy and affordable ways to produce their own food each week.  Call 604-872-7676 or email communitygarden@salvationarmyvcfs.com for registration details!

 

Posted in Programs & Services

6th Annual Backpack & School Supply Drive

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Each fall, many parents struggle to equip their children with the proper supplies to begin the school year.  Therefore, each summer we aim to ease this stress for families living in Vancouver and Burnaby by distributing backpacks filled with essential school supplies to students in Grades 1-12.  To donate school supplies, please drop donations off at 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC during business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-4:00PM) or click here!  Supplies needed include:  pens, pencils, pencil crayons, markers, sharpeners, erasers, rulers, glue sticks, duotangs, paper, and backpacks.

Posted in Donate, Programs & Services

‘Growing Your Own Hanging Garden’ with Carefree Greenery Ltd.

IMG_1843Thursday, July 16 – A BIG thanks to Don Mitchell and Merrilee York of Carefree Greenery Ltd. for demonstrating how to construct a hanging garden using a plastic bag, and fertilizer, along with tomato and marigold plants. The ‘Growing Your Own Food Bank’ Community Gardening Club workshop demonstrated to its 20 participants that an accessible garden can be conveniently grown in your own kitchen, living room, or balcony, etc.  Participants continue to learn healthy and affordable ways to produce their own food each week.  Call 604-872-7676 or email communitygarden@salvationarmyvcfs.com for registration details!

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Help Change a Life—Send a Child to Camp

ImageProxy.mvcSummer is here and Salvation Army camps are gearing up to provide vulnerable children with the time of their life.  Just one camp experience can change a child’s life forever.

Kids learn valuable, life-long lessons at camp.

“There was more to camp than just fun and games. Rock climbing and three-day canoe trips taught me the value of teamwork.” —Tom

At camp, kids gain confidence and self-esteem by learning new things.

“Canoeing and rock climbing made me feel good about myself.” —Kyle

Not all families can afford to send their children to camp.

“Camp is the only vacation I’ll get.” —Rebekka

Camp provides kids with three meals a day.

“I’m a big fan of the spaghetti and meatballs.” —Julia

“I had six glorious days of food.” —Mike

For over 115 years, The Salvation Army has provided camping programs for children in need. More than 4,000 children attend Salvation Army sleep-away and day camps each summer.

Every child should have the opportunity to experience summer camp.  Click here to help give a child the joy of attending camp. Your donation will have a lasting impact on a young life full of potential.

Camp Information
For more information about Salvation Army camps across Canada, click here.

Posted in Donate, Programs & Services

In Need of Non-Perishable Food Donations

foodCaptureEach year in British Columbia, The Salvation Army assists over 538, 835 families and provides over 1,587,443 meals for the hungry.  With your help, we are able to continue providing emergency food support to residents of Vancouver and Burnaby.  Currently, we are in need of the following non-perishable items:

  • Canned baked beans
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned meat
  • Jars of peanut butter
  • Boxed macaroni & cheese
  • Bagged rice
  • Packaged dry noodles (Mr. Noodles)
  • Baby formula
  • Baby food
  • Diapers (sizes 1-6)
  • Baby wipes

Please drop-off all donations to 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC during business hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-4:00PM.

Posted in Donate, Programs & Services

Register Now for Upcoming Spirituality & Life Group!

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

What is the meaning of life?  Does prayer really work?  Explore these questions and God’s Living Word by attending a Bible Study.  This small group meets weekly and offers participants the opportunity to study the Scriptures, discuss faith, and ask questions in a safe and supportive environment.  To begin this spiritual journey, call 604-872-7676 to register.  Beverages are provided.

Location: Multi-purpose room

Dates: Monday, August 10, 17, & 24, 2015

Time: 10:15Am – 11:30AM (following the Community Drop-In Breakfast Program)

For more information, contact Major Judy, Joseph Fong, or Shoshanna at 604-872-7676

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Volunteer Opportunities for Web & Graphic Design, and Digital Marketing Students and Alumni

volunteer-11Currently, we are seeking volunteers to aid us in the enhancement of our website www.salvationarmyvcfs.com and the development of strategies and digital marketing tools pertaining to seasonal programs, such as our Christmas Kettle Campaign.  We are looking for students and alumni eager to provide insight and gain valuable hands-on experience by using their skills and learning to help restore hope and dignity to vulnerable and marginalized people.

For more information, please call 604-872-7676 or email volunteer@salvationarmyvcfs.com.

Posted in Programs & Services, Volunteer

Grow Your Own Food Bank

IMG_1994What Is Community Gardening?

Would you like to eat healthy and save money on groceries?  You can live a more sustainable and active lifestyle by joining the ‘Growing Your Own Food Bank’ Community Gardening Club.

Group participants work together to grow and cultivate flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables at a nearby park.  Along with practical hands-on experience, participants also gain insight from experienced gardeners during workshops covering various indoor and outdoor urban gardening methods such as: Traditional Soil Gardening, Hydroponic Gardening (growing without soil), Tower Gardening (growing plants vertically), and Aquaponics (growing plants in a live fish tank).

Participants will construct their own take home gardening box, and celebrate their efforts by enjoying food picked directly from the Community Garden.  Space is limited, sign-up today!

Benefits Of Gardening

Improved access to food
Increased independence & sustainability
Improved nutrition
Increased affordability
Feed & share food with family & friends
Increased physical activity
Prevents disease & illness
Improved mental health & well-being
Education from gardening experts
Practical gardening experience
New & strengthened friendships
Improved spiritual connection

Time Frame

The ‘Growing Your Own Food Bank’ Community Gardening Club meets weekly all year round.  Each session is up to 1 or more hours in length.

Fee

The ‘Growing Your Own Food Bank’ Community Gardening Club is FREE!  Fees for additional materials may apply, i.e. aquaponics supplies.

How Do I Get Started?

For more information or to register, call the program facilitator at 604-872-7676 or email communitygarden@salvationarmyvcfs.com.

Brought to you in part by Vancouver Coastal Health ‘Healthy Living Program’

Posted in Programs & Services

Congratulations Kiran on Graduating University

ksCONGRATULATIONS Kirandeep Shahi for successfully graduating with a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from The Vancouver Island University!  We wish you all the best and continued success in future endeavours.

Posted in Personnel, Volunteer

Beginning July 1, 2015, our Community Drop-In Breakfast Program will no longer operate on Wednesdays

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Mondays and Fridays: 9:00AM – 10:00AM

All are welcome to come listen to the Word of God and give Him praise through song.  Following the brief devotional you are invited to enjoy a warm breakfast and hot beverages prepared by our dedicated staff and volunteers.  You will also have an opportunity to connect with other internal and outside resources such as: counselling, personal development support, chaplaincy, and health care.

Posted in Programs & Services

TELUS Days of Giving

IMG_5057A BIG thanks to the 19 TELUS employees who volunteered at the Community Drop-In Breakfast on May 20th, 22nd, and 25th and  served over 300 meals.  “We give where we live to improve the lives of youth and their communities. We are committed to driving strong social outcomes in the areas of health, education and the environment by harnessing the power of technology to improve healthcare, ensure our youth’s future success and promote a sustainable environment.” – TELUS

Posted in Programs & Services, Volunteer

‘Growing Your Own Food Bank’

IMG_2017A BIG thanks to Vancouver Coastal Health – Healthy Living Program  for approving a $4,000.00 grant to help support our Community Gardening Club and `Growing Your Own Food Bank’ initiative.  The project is scheduled to operate from June, 2015 to May, 2016 and aims to secure fresh produce to low-income families.  Through promotion and education, our goal is to enable participants to maintain a garden of their own, make healthy choices, and live a more sustainable lifestyle.

Posted in Donate, Programs & Services

Thank-you Kirandeep Shahi and Daniela Alvarado-Torres!

IMG_1705A BIG thank-you to both Kirandeep Shahi and Daniela Alvarado-Torres for your hard work and dedication shown throughout your practicum placements.  CONGRATULATIONS to Kiran for successfully completing the Bachelor of Social Work Degree at The Vancouver Island University and another CONGRATULATIONS to Daniela for successfully the Social Service Worker Certificate program at Langara College.  We wish you both the best and continued success in future endeavours!

For information regarding practicum placements, call 604-872-7676.

Posted in Personnel, Volunteer

Hope + Faith: A BC Divisional Newsletter (June 2015)

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Kay Grieve Awarded The Volunteer Of The Year 2015 Service Award

IMG_1728CONGRATULATIONS to Kay Grieve for being awarded The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services Volunteer Of The Year 2015 Service Award!  We thank-you for your outstanding services and your ongoing commitment to the Christmas Kettle Campaign.

Posted in Donate, Programs & Services, Volunteer

Karen Crow Flagg Awarded The 2015 Sally Ann Volunteer Service Award

IMG_1742CONGRATULATIONS to Karen Crow Flagg for being awarded The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services 2015 Sally Ann Volunteer Service Award!  We thank-you for your 311 hours of volunteer service from May 30, 2014 to May 20, 2015 and your ongoing commitment to the Community Drop-In Breakfast Program.

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Florence Barbe Awarded The 2015 Long-Standing Volunteer Service Award

IMG_1736CONGRATULATIONS to Florence Barbe for being awarded The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services 2015 Long-Standing Volunteer Service Award!  We thank-you for your 16 years of volunteer service since 1999 and your ongoing commitment to the Community Drop-In Breakfast Program.

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2015 Volunteer Appreciation Party

IMG_1745“Volunteers form the backbone of our organization,” says Major Les Marshall, Territorial Public Relations & Development Secretary.  “Their time and skills are critical to The Salvation Army’s ability to extend its reach far and wide in local communities, helping those who need it most.”

The 2015 Volunteer Appreciation Party held on Wednesday, May 20 at 11:30AM gave us an opportunity to celebrate the volunteers who serve selflessly on our front lines.  Thank you for helping The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services give hope to others!  Also, a SPECIAL thank-you to Val Lynn for preparing such delicious salads!

For more information on volunteering, click here!

 

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An environmentally friendly, natural food-growing method that harnesses the best attributes of aquaculture and hydroponics

logoA BIG thanks to David Sayson from Justaquaponics for speaking to our Community Garden Club today about aquaponics – a syntergistic growing technique in which both fish and plants are grown together in the same system.  For more information, please visit Canadian Aquaponics.

Posted in Programs & Services

Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen Celebrates its 9th Round of Graduates!

IMG_1627CONGRATULATIONS to the six graduates of Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen Round 9 for a successful completion!  For information on how you can sign up for future Community Kitchen classes, contact Major Judy or Joseph at 604-872-7676.

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Upcoming 2015 Volunteer Appreciation Party

Capture“Volunteers form the backbone of our organization,” says Major Les Marshall, Territorial Public Relations & Development Secretary.  “Their time and skills are critical to The Salvation Army’s ability to extend its reach far and wide in local communities, helping those who need it most.”

Our 2015 Volunteer Appreciation Party gives us an opportunity to celebrate the volunteers who serve selflessly on our front lines.  Thank you for helping The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services give hope to others!

If you received an invitation to this event, please RSVP by Monday, May 11, 2015 to Derik at 604-872-7676 or volunteer@salvationarmyvcfs.com.

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YWCA Youth Give Back To Community Through Food Drive

foodCaptureA BIG thanks to the grade 7 students of Sexsmith School enrolled in the YWCA‘s after school programs ‘Welcome To My Life‘ and ‘Boys For Real!’  Leaders Amanda and Annina challenged the group to coordinate a community service project that allowed them to give back to the community.  The group chose to organize a food drive for The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services ‘Emergency Food Assistance Program:’ Food hampers are available to low-income families with children under 19, living in Vancouver and Burnaby.  Eligible families are able to receive this service during an emergency, or once every 90 days (maximum 3 times per year).  Hampers usually consist of items, such as: soup, beans, peanut butter, tuna, vegetables, fruit, macaroni, rice, instant noodles, bread, cheese and margarine (quantities depend on family size).  Call 604-872-7676 to schedule an appointment.  Please note that this service is not a food bank.  Instead, its aim is to provide families with enough food until they receive their next income or visit the food bank (for more information please phone 604-876-3601 or visit www.foodbank.bc.ca).

 

Posted in Donate, Programs & Services

Volunteer Week with Prospera Credit Union

IMG_4932A BIG thanks to Prospera Credit Union for their time spent volunteering with us on Wednesday, April 15 and Friday, April 17, 2015.  With their help, we were able to serve over 100 breakfasts to members of the community along with 11 lunch meals at Women In Touch.  To learn how your organization can get involved, please visit www.salvationarmyvcfs.com/volunteer/.

 

Posted in Programs & Services, Volunteer

Have a Happy Retirement Major Mary Smith!

aCaptureCONGRATULATIONS Major Mary Smith for over 37 years of employment with The Salvation Army!  From all the staff at VCFS, we wish you a happy and blessed retirement.

Posted in Personnel

Thank-you Takuma and Good Luck!

IMG_0100Thank-you Takuma for all your hard work and reliability during your time spent volunteering at VCFS.  We wish you all the best and a safe travel back to Japan.

Posted in Volunteer

Thank-you Destiny and Good Luck!

CaptureThank-you Destiny for your commitment and effort at VCFS during your Langara College practicum placement.  We wish you all the best and continued success in future endeavours!

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Now on Twitter @savcfs

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Register Now For Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen – April 2015

communitykitchenCome learn new cooking skills, nutritional information, budgeting tips, food safety and meal planning in a fun, supportive and relaxed environment!

What: Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen…a Community Kitchen brought to you by The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services

When: April 16, 23, 30, and May 7, 2015 (Thursdays)

Time: 12:00PM – 2:30PM

Where: 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8

How Much?  FREE

Enquiries: Please call Major Judy or Joseph at 604-872-7676 to register for program (pre-registration is required).  Childcare may be available upon request.

Posted in Programs & Services

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)

Posted in Community Events, Programs & Services, Volunteer

Register Now for Upcoming Spirituality & Life Group!

Hamilton, Ontario, CanadaWhat is the meaning of life?  Does prayer really work?  Explore these questions and God’s Living Word by attending a Bible Study.  This small group meets weekly and offers participants the opportunity to study the Scriptures, discuss faith, and ask questions in a safe and supportive environment.  To begin this spiritual journey, call 604-872-7676 to register.  Beverages are provided.

Location: Multi-purpose room

Dates: Monday, April 27, 2015 and Monday, May 4, 11, 18, 2015

Time: 10:15Am – 11:30AM (following the Community Drop-In Breakfast Program)

For more information, contact Major Judy, Joseph Fong, or Shoshanna at 604-872-7676

Posted in Programs & Services

Thank-You YWAM!

IMG_4810A BIG thank-you to the 8 students from Youth With A Mission Canada who volunteered at the Community Drop-In Breakfast and also with various cleaning and sorting tasks on Wednesday, April 1, 2015!

Posted in Programs & Services, Volunteer

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)

Posted in Community Events

Anger Management Spring 2015 Dates Announced!

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Anger Management: 7 Sessions to Identify Triggers and Manage Angry Feelings

Women’s Group: May 6 – June 17, 2015 (Wednesdays @ 1-3PM)

Men’s Group: May 7 – 21 and June 4 – 25, 2015 (Thursdays @ 1-3PM)

Location: The Salvation Army Belkin House, 555 Homer Street, Vancouver, BC

Fee: $50.00 (Sponsorship may be available)

Registration: An intake interview is required. Call 604-872-7676 to book an appointment.

Posted in Programs & Services

Register Today for The 2nd Annual Children’s Easter Event at Robson Park!

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Join us Saturday, April 4, 2015 at Robson Park (599 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC) for our annual Easter Carnival and Easter Egg Hunt!

If it’s raining, please visit The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services instead at 3213 Fraser street Vancouver, BC.

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Thank-you Carolyn and Good Luck!

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Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen Celebrates its 8th Round of Graduates!

CYCLE8ENDEDFEB27WITH11PEOPLECONGRATULATIONS to the eleven 8th round graduates of Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen for a successful completion!  For information on how you can sign up for future Community Kitchen classes, contact Joseph at 604-872-7676.

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Volunteer With The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services

volunteer“Giving back to people has given me and my children a new beginning.”

“Volunteering has shown me that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.”

“As a volunteer, I can reach out and share the love of God with others.”

“Volunteering gives me purpose and is an uplifting experience.”

Get Involved!

A great way to support us is by volunteering.  There are many volunteer opportunities at The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services.  Let us know if you are interested in assisting with daily or seasonal programs;  completing janitorial, warehouse or administration duties; or applying your talents in another creative way!

Benefits of Volunteering
  • Experiencing the joy of sharing your gifts, talents, and skills;
  • Opportunities arise to learn new skills and refine existing ones;
  • Helping others is therapy for the soul;
  • Adds useful and practical experience to your resume;
  • You may develop new friendships.
Current Opportunities
  • Kettle hosts / bell ringers needed for Christmas Kettle Campaign (November – December)
  • Experienced Cooks needed for Breakfast Program: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays @ 7:30-10:30AM
  • Small groups or individuals needed to assist with various tasks at Community Drop-In Breakfast
  • Small groups or individuals needed to assist with Clothing Bank
  • Child Care Workers needed for Community Kitchen (Criminal Record Check is required)
  • Small groups or individuals needed to pack food hampers, sort donations, cleaning, etc.
  • Groups or individuals needed to pack toys during the annual Christmas campaign (November – December)
  • Groups or individuals needed to pack school supplies during the annual Back-To-School Supplies Campaign (Summer)

Apply Now!

Click here to host a Christmas Kettle, otherwise continue reading.  Begin the volunteer application process by completing the SAVCFS Volunteer Application Form.  Upon completion, you may submit your application: by postal mail or in person to the Program/Volunteer Coordinator at The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8; by fax to 604-872-7678; or by email to volunteer@salvationarmyvcfs.com.  We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Corporate/Group Volunteering

Click here to host a Christmas Kettle, otherwise continue reading.  For information regarding corporate or group volunteer opportunities, please contact the Program/Volunteer Coordinator at 604-872-7676 or email volunteer@salvationarmyvcfs.com.

To register your group for a volunteer experience, begin by completing and submitting the SAVCFS Group Volunteer Application Package.  Upon completion, you may submit your group application: by postal mail or in person to the Program/Volunteer Coordinator at The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8; by fax to 604-872-7678; or by email to volunteer@salvationarmyvcfs.com.  You will be contacted upon review.  We thank you for your interest in volunteering at The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services!

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Thank-You BC Chiropractic Association!

3_BChiro_BackpackA BIG thanks once again to the BC Chiropractic Association for their generous contribution of $65,000.00 towards the 2014 Back-To-School Supplies campaign!  – Each September, many parents struggle to equip their children with the proper supplies to begin the school year.  Therefore, each summer we help many families living in Vancouver and Burnaby by distributing backpacks filled with essential school supplies to students in Grades 1-12.  Call 604-872-7676 for registration details.

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Surprising Gifts from the Bible: How to apply stories from the Bible to your own life!

More than a bookWhat is the meaning of life?  Does prayer really work?  Explore these questions and God’s Living Word by attending a Bible Study.  This small group meets weekly and offers participants the opportunity to study the Scriptures, discuss faith, and ask questions in a safe and supportive environment.  To begin this spiritual journey, call 604-872-7676 to register.  Beverages are provided.

Location: Multi-purpose room

Dates: Monday, February 2, 16, 23, 2015 and Monday, March 2, 9, 16, 2015

Time: 10:15Am – 11:15AM (following the Community Drop-In Breakfast Program)

For more information, contact Major Judy, Joseph Fong, or Shoshanna at 604-872-7676

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Book your FREE Hearing Screening

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Mainland Hearing will be performing FREE hearing screening tests on Monday, February 2, 2015 from 9:30AM-11:30AM at our office.  Call 604-872-7676 to book your appointment today!

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Register Now For Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen In February 2015

communitykitchenCome learn new cooking skills, nutritional information, budgeting tips, food safety and meal planning in a fun, supportive and relaxed environment!

What: Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen

When: February 6, 13, 20, 27, 2015 (Fridays)

Time: 12:00PM – 2:30PM

Where: 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8

How Much?  FREE

Please call Carolyn or Joseph at 604-872-7676 to register for program (registration is required).

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2015 Camp Sunrise Dates & Fees

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Women’s Camp, June 4 – 7, $160.00

Adult Fellowship Camp, June 11 – 16, $245.00 for 6 days, or $125.00 for 3 days

Staff Training, June 27 – July 2

Jr. Music & Performing Arts Camp, July 5 – July 11, $340.00 ($310 for second child)

Holiday Camp A, July 13 – 18, $315.00

Holiday Camp B, July 20 – 25, $315.00

Holiday Camp C, August 3 – 8, $315.00

Holiday Camp D, August 10 – 15, $315.00

Teen Camp, July 27 – 31, $250.00 ($220.00 for second child)

Moms & Tots Camp, August 17 – 20, $295.00 (includes Mom and child; $190.00 per additional child)

Sr. Music & Performing Arts Camp, August 23 – 29, $340.00 ($310.00 for second child)

Men’s Camp, September 25 – 27, $130.00

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Breakfast Is Back!

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Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays: 9:00AM – 10:00AM

All are welcome to come listen to the Word of God and give Him praise through song.  Following the brief devotional you are invited to enjoy a warm breakfast and hot beverages prepared by our dedicated staff and volunteers.  You will also have an opportunity to connect with other internal and outside resources such as: counselling, personal development support, chaplaincy, and health care.

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Anger Management 2015 Dates Announced

Anger Management: 7 Sessions to Identify Triggers and Manage Angry Feelings

Women’s Group: February 4 – March 18, 2014 (Wednesdays @ 1-3PM)

Men’s Group: February 5 – March 19, 2015 (Thursdays @ 1-3PM)

Location: The Salvation Army Belkin House, 555 Homer Street, Vancouver, BC

Fee: $50.00 (Sponsorship may be available)

Registration: An intake interview is required. Call 604-872-7676 to book an appointment.

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Program & Volunteer Coordinator becomes local pastor

CaptureAll the best to Brent as he advances on through his career.  Wishing you nothing but success and happiness!

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Thank-You Aplus Awnings!

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A BIG thanks to Aplus Awnings for their excellent craftsmanship and installation of our building’s NEW 53′ awning!  We hope that this improvement to the building helps lift the spirits of those individuals who lineup outside the building to receive certain services such as, Christmas assistance, breakfast, etc.

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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.

 

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The Province Empty Stocking Fund Christmas 2014

2013 Website Header 01146963 HiRes croppedA BIG thanks to The Province Empty Stocking Fund and its donors for donating over $38, 000.00 to ensure that those in need this season are given the gift of Christmas.

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Men’s Anger Management Graduation, November 2014

upoladCONGRATULATIONS!!!  To the 5 men who concluded 7 sessions of Anger Management on November 13, 2014.  Intake for the February 2015 sessions begins in January 2015.  Call Joseph at 604-872-7676 for more details!

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Trail Appliances Donates NEW 30″ Frigidaire Range

IMG_3838A BIG thanks to Trail Appliances at Grandview and Rupert for donating a NEW 30″ Frigidaire Range!  With our previous range no longer operable, this generous donation allows us to continue hosting our Community Drop-In Breakfast which operates every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00AM – 10:00AM and our Community Kitchen Program entitled “Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen” which provides education regarding cooking instruction, nutrition, and budgeting tips to parents of low-income families.

A few years ago, we had the privilege of partnering with the staff of Trail Appliances to serve a Community Christmas Luncheon.  Trail Appliances volunteer role included preparing and serving a hot meal to over 75 individuals.  In recognition of Trail Appliances generosity and continued willingness to help others, we say THANK YOU!

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Volunteer Kettle Hosts Are Needed (Bell Ringers)

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Ring in Christmas with The Salvation Army!

We welcome individuals, groups, corporations, businesses, clubs, organizations and teams to support Salvation Army programs and services by giving your time to host a kettle in your community throughout the duration of the campaign or just for a day.  A sign can even be created for the Kettle stand recognizing your group’s partnership with The Salvation Army.  For more information on volunteering as a kettle host or “bell ringer” please phone 604-872-7676 or email kettles@salvationarmyvcfs.com.  Also, be sure to check out the Kettle Promotional Video and applications below.  We thank-you for your continued generosity!

Apply to Host a Kettle !

Begin the process by downloading a copy of the 2014 SAVCFS CHRISTMAS KETTLE HOST APPLICATION or request one from kettles@salvationarmyvcfs.com. To register a group; instead, download a copy of the 2014 SAVCFS CHRISTMAS GROUP KETTLE HOST APPLICATION. Once completed, please submit your application: by postal mail or in person to the Kettle Coordinator at The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8; by fax to 604-872-7678; or by email to kettles@salvationarmyvcfs.com. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

History of the Kettles

The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign is one of Canada’s largest and most recognizable annual charitable events. In addition to the critical fundraising impact of the Campaign, the Christmas Kettles boost the Army’s visibility and awareness. In fact, there are more than 2,000 kettle locations across Canada that support a wide range of Salvation Army programs.

For many Canadians, the Christmas Kettles are their only point of contact with The Salvation Army all year. According to public opinion polling, more than half of all Salvation Army donors list “giving to a Christmas Kettle” as their primary method of giving to The Salvation Army.

Furthermore, the Army relies on the co-operation of numerous retail partners to endure the ongoing success of this campaign. Continued goodwill from these retail partners is critical.

For all of these reasons, it is crucial that the Christmas Kettle Campaign be effectively and consistently managed across the country. The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign has raised funds for more than 120 years to meet its demand for services. The Campaign has grown into one of Canada’s most significant and recognizable annual charitable events.

Canada’s first kettle was used in St. John’s, Newfoundland, in 1906. Today, the familiar kettles and kettle workers (or ‘bell ringers’) are seen in more than 2,000 locations nationwide. For more than 100 years the annual Christmas Kettle Campaign has been a great way for people to help others in need in their local community through the work of The Salvation Army!

Christmas Kettle Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Bell Ringer?

A Bell Ringer is someone who stands beside the iconic Salvation Army Christmas Kettle and receives donations from passers-by. They ring bells where permitted to subtly remind people of those in need at Christmas in our community. Kettles are typically located in malls and outside retail stores from mid-November to Christmas Eve.

How much time is required?

Bell Ringers typically stand by a kettle 2 to 4 hours at both indoor and outdoor locations. Ideally, it is best if volunteers commit to 8 to 10 hours throughout the course of the Christmas Kettle Campaign which runs from mid-November to Christmas Eve.

What is the Christmas Kettle Campaign?

The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign is a fundraising effort that occurs each year during the Christmas season. Kettles are found in 2000 locations across Canada and are an opportunity for the public to donate whatever funds they can to support the work of The Salvation Army during the Christmas season and throughout the year.

The tradition of Salvation Army kettles began in San Francisco in 1891 with Captain Joseph McFee. Captain McFee was looking for a way to help provide meals to families in need and recalled the “Simpson’s pot” – a large pot used in Liverpool, England into which passers-by threw charitable donations. Captain McFee decided to place a similar pot at the Oakland ferry landing. By strategically placing the kettle, he was able to attract donations from those going to and from the ferry boats.

Now, over 100 years have passed and beyond providing Christmas dinners, the money raised at kettles is also used to provide clothing, shelter, food, toys, financial assistance and counselling year-round. The Salvation Army’s holiday fund-raising activities play a crucial role in sharing the spirit of the season with families in need. The Salvation Army does its best to ensure that no family goes without food, no child is without presents under the tree and that Christmas is a time of hope and healing.

What happens to the money raised?

For too many Canadians, the necessities of life needed for basic human dignity are out of reach. Poverty is the root cause that puts dignity out of reach for millions of Canadians, making access to everyday needs, like food, clothing and shelter, difficult.

Funds raised through donations made at Christmas kettles, together with other sources of funds, help provide direct, compassionate, hands-on service to 1.6 million people each year in Canada, restoring hope and dignity to those who might otherwise remain invisible in society.

How does The Salvation Army determine where the funds raised will be used?

While Salvation Army Christmas kettles can be found all across Canada, and around the world, each Christmas kettle location is organized and managed by a local Salvation Army unit. The funds raised stay in the community in which they were donated and are used to support local Salvation Army programs for people in need.

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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.

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7th Annual Canadians Thanksgiving Lifts Spirits!

IMG_1240A BIG thanks to The Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club along with Safeway, Avis Rent-A-Car for providing 100 family sized turkeys to local select families in need on Friday, October 10th.

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Promoted to Glory – Major Brad Smith

0A Celebration of Life will be held for Major Brad Smith who was suddenly called home to be with the Lord on October 5, 2014 at the age of 60.  Major Brad served The Salvation Army faithfully for 36 years and will be greatly missed.  Major Brad will be remembered by his devoted wife and partner Major Mary Smith; three children, Andrew, Sarah, and Michael; grandchildren Madison, Noah and Owen; many family and friends.  Service will be held Friday, October 10, 2014 at 2 p.m., preceded by viewing at 1 p.m. at the Richmond Salvation Army, 8280 Gilbert St, Richmond (604-277-2424).  Visit The Vancouver Sun for more information.
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Thank-You Blinds Brothers!

BlindsBeforeandAfterA BIG thanks to Blinds Brothers for their excellent service installing our new roller blinds!

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Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen Celebrates its 7th Round of Graduates!

CYCLE7ENDEDOCTOBER312015WITH12PARTICAPANTSCONGRATULATIONS to the twelve 7th round graduates of Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen for a successful completion!  For information on how you can sign up for future Community Kitchen classes, contact Carolyn or Joseph at 604-872-7676.

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You’re Invited to Kensington-Cedar Cottage Connect!

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Thank-You Precision Line Painting!

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A BIG thanks to Precision Line Painting for their excellent service when painting our parking lines!

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Back to School Supplies Mentioned in October Edition of Hope + Faith

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789 Backpacks Distributed to Local Students

IMG_02601A BIG thank-you to the BC Chiropractic Association, The Canadian Bible Society, Fitness Town, and Staples for their support and contributions to the 2014 Backpack & School Supply Drive.  Over 5000 backpacks filled with essential supplies were donated and distributed throughout British Columbia, 789 of these were given to children living in Vancouver and Burnaby.  Thanks again to all donors and volunteers who helped make this year’s campaign a success!

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Thank-you Insight Signage!

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A BIG thanks to Insight Signage for the excellent service of decaling our front door!

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Thank-You Ultra Cut Painting!

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A BIG thanks to Ultra Cut Painting and the service they provided by painting the exterior of our building!

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Mainland Hearing Screening

mainland_logoMonday, September 22, 2014 – Doctor Li, a registered audiologist from Mainland Hearing, provided 10 individuals with a hearing test at our office today.  A hearing test is the first step in determining the degree and type of one’s hearing loss; an experience that many individuals may never had access to.  Upon detection of hearing impairment, Doctor Li and Melissa Kelly, the coordinator of the screenings, were able to connect the individuals to the necessary supports – such as application for hearing aid subsidy.
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Now Registering Participants for Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen in October 2014

communitykitchenCome learn new cooking skills, nutritional information, budgeting tips, food safety and meal planning in a fun, supportive and relaxed environment!

What: Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen

When: Cycle 7 = October 10, 17, 24, & 31 (Ongoing groups are available; please call 604-872-7676 for future dates)

Time: 12:00PM – 2:30PM

Where: 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8

How Much? FREE

Please call Carolyn or Joseph at 604-872-7676 to ***register***. Priority is given to Single Mothers; childcare will be provided.

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2014 Christmas Assistance Dates Announced!

Christmas-is-coming2The Christmas season can be a challenging time for low-income families living in Vancouver, BC. Therefore, we wish to alleviate some of this stress by ensuring that children receive gifts on Christmas morning. With the help of the community and other organizations we are able to provide these families with toys and Christmas Dinner. For registration details, see below:

Registration: Monday, November 17th – Friday, December 5th (Monday – Friday, 9:00AM-3:00PM)

Eligibility Requirements: i) Must be residents of the city of Vancouver, BC, ii) Must be a family, i.e. parent(s)/guardian(s) with at least 1 child who is 18 or under, and iii) Must receive social assistance or possess low-income.

Upon registration, you will be required to present: i) Valid identification for each family member, i.e. CareCard, BCID, Driver’s License, Birth Certificate, Status Card, etc. (no photocopies), ii) Proof of income, i.e. last 2 cheque/assistance stubs/Child Tax Benefit, and iii) Proof of address, i.e. current phone/hydro/credit card bill.

Adult Christmas goodie-bags will be distributed to individuals on Wednesday, December 17 and Thursday, December 18th from 9:00AM-3:00PM. Identification is required.

A FREE Community Christmas Lunch & Celebration will take place on Friday, December 19th from 11:00AM-1:00PM in the multi-purpose room. See you there!

Merry Christmas!

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Thank-you Mercer Group!

WP_20140908_001The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services extends a HUGE thank you to Mercer for their generous donation of school supplies to the 2014 Backpack + School Supply Drive.  This donation will benefit many children in the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby as they head back to school on Monday, September 22, 2014!

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Thank-you Canada Bodhi Dharma Society!

logo2The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services extends a HUGE thank you to The Canada Bodhi Dharma Society for their generous donation of 1392 packages of ladies underwear valued at over $13, 850.40.  This donation will benefit women who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness  and be distributed throughout 2014 Homelessness Action Week and the 2014 Christmas season.

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67 Inner-City Children & Youth Attend Camp Sunrise in 2014

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We believe that every child should have the opportunity to experience summer camp. Therefore, Camp Sunrise, located in Gibsons, BC has been operating since 1925 to provide a safe place for children to have fun, make new friends, and experience the love of God.  In the summer of 2014, we were able to send 56 children to Holiday Camp and 11 youth to Teen Camp.  For more information, please visit www.campsunrise.ca or call us at 604-872-7676.

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Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen Celebrates its 6th Round of Graduates!

6CONGRATULATIONS to the twelve 6th round graduates of Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen for a successful completion!  For information on how you can sign up for future Community Kitchen classes, contact Carolyn or Joseph at 604-872-7676.

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All the Best Jessica!

photo (2)We wish many blessings upon Jessica, our treasured receptionist and Community Kitchen Coordinator, as she moves forward in her journey and returns to her studies.  You will be missed, but we wish you nothing but success and happiness!

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Welcome to the VCFS Team Henry!

photoWe are proud to announce the newest member of our team…Henry!  Henry is our new and improved vacuum cleaner purchased from Wesclean.  He seems to be a reliable, hard-working machine, and we look forward to a long and beneficial working relationship!

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Happy 20th Anniversary Stephen!

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Major Brian Slous Promoted to Director at Victoria ARC

IMG_2912We wish Major Brian Slous all the best as he departs VCFS and heads into his new position as Director at The Salvation Army Victoria Addictions & Rehabilitation Centre.

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Volunteer Of The Month – July 2014

IMG_2918CONGRATULATIONS to Haruka Chuganji for the successful completion of 121 volunteer hours between July 3 – August 1, 2014.  We wish you all the best in your bright future ahead.

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YWAM Volunteers Friday, July 18 – Wednesday, July 23, 2014

IMG_1165A BIG thanks to the YWAM Nexia Youth Group from Sarasota, Florida for volunteering to serve breakfast, pack back-to-school supplies, and sort clothing at VCFS.  For more information about Youth With A Mission, please visit www.ywamvancouver.org.

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Hope + Faith Summer Newsletter Features Sally Ann’s Gardens

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Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen Celebrates its Fifth Round of Graduates!

IMG_1120CONGRATULATIONS to the 11 fifth round graduates of Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen for a successful completion!  For information on how you can sign up for future Community Kitchen classes, contact Jessica or Joseph at 604-872-7676.

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Annual Flu Clinic – Fall Dates Announced!

Our 3rd Annual Flu Clinic will be hosted by Raven Song Community Health Centre from 9:00-10:30AM on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8.

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Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen Continues to Grow!

IMG_0618The Salvation Army BC – Completion of Cycle 4 of The Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen took place on May 15, 2014.

Cycle 4 graduate, Sarah shared, “I really enjoyed the kitchen lesson and it will always be my wonderful memory in my mind. Without your and other teachers’ help by taking caring of my kids it was impossible for me to have the chance to take this lesson. You released my worry and it is just fantastic that I can hug my kid while learning cooking!!!

Appreciate much again for your kindness and great work!!!

The weekly cooking sessions include a variety of cooking activities executed in small groups along with handouts and discussion on topics of nutrition, food safety, budgeting and meal planning.

Congrats to all the recent graduates!  Click here for original article.

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From Leafy Greens To Stew

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See full article at New Frontier CHRONICLE June 2014 edition (page 8).

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Women In Touch Tour Stanley Park

UntitledThe ladies of Women In Touch ended the season with a fun-filled picnic and bus tour around Stanley Park on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.  Women In Touch will resume in September 2014, every Wednesday from 10:30AM-12:00PM.  The group is open to all women who wish to join together for fun, fellowship, spiritual growth, and empowerment through activities such as, Bible Study, song, crafts, games, etc.  Lunch is provided.

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Happy 60th Birthday Major Russ Holland

IMG_0595A Special Happy Birthday to our Director, Major Russ Holland, who was born on this day in 1954.

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2014 Volunteer Appreciation Lunch

IMG_0785Volunteers are essential to the work we do at SAVCFS.  To demonstrate our appreciation for their efforts, our Annual Volunteer Appreciation Lunch was held on May 29, 2014 to commemorate all who have volunteered at SAVCFS between April 2013 – May 2014.  Also, A SPECIAL thank-you goes out to HarbourLight for their food contribution, and to Major Cathy Burrows for her presentation.

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Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen Celebrates its Fourth Round of Graduates!

IMG_0776CONGRATULATIONS to the 12 fourth round graduates of Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen for a successful completion!  For information on how you can sign up for future Community Kitchen classes, contact Jessica or Joseph at 604-872-7676.

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Anger Management Fall Dates Announced

Anger Management: 7 Sessions to Identify Triggers and Manage Angry Feelings

Women’s Group: October 1 – November 12, 2014 (Wednesdays @ 1-3PM)

Men’s Group: October 2 – November 13, 2014 (Thursdays @ 1-3PM)

Location: The Salvation Army Belkin House, 555 Homer Street, Vancouver, BC

Fee: $50.00 (Sponsorship may be available)

Registration: An intake interview is required. Call Ming or Joseph at 604-872-7676 to book an appointment.

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Successful Rock n’ Roll Easter Event!

IMG_1071The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services held its first annual Moms and Tots “Rock n’ Roll Easter” event on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Robson Park on Kingsway.  The event was designed to reunite Moms and Tots who attend Camp Sunrise together each summer.  Nearly 150 attendess and volunteers came together to join in arts, crafts, games, music, an Easter egg hunt, and a BBQ lunch.  We are grateful for the success of this event and look forward to the possibility of it recurring annually!

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Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen Celebrates its Third Round of Graduates!

IMG_0587CONGRATULATIONS to the 11 third round graduates of Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen for a successful completion!  For information on how you can sign up for future Community Kitchen classes, contact Jessica or Joseph at 604-872-7676.

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Rock-n-Roll Easter Event

You’re Invited to the Rock-n-Roll Easter Event!!!  Join us for crafts, the greatest story, snacks, a free lunch, and to celebrate that Jesus is alive!

When: April 19th, 2014

Time: 9:30AM – 12:30PM

Who: Parents and children ages 0-6 years old

Where: If the weather is sunny, you can find us at:

Robson Park, 599 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC

If it’s raining, you can find us at:

The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC

Cost: FREE

Register: At your nearest Salvation Army Church or Ministry Unit

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Upcoming Parenting Workshop Series

Parenting Workshop Series (For parents of children ages 6-12)

1. Praise and Encouragement – Nurturing children through words and actions

2. Positive Discipline – Providing natural and logical consequences

3. Problem Solving – Learning a process and holding family meetings

4. Dealing with Feelings – Understanding and coping with emotions

Presenter: Crystal, Master of Counselling Psychology Student @ Adler School of Professional Psychology

Dates: April 1, 8, & 15 (Tuesdays @ 10:30AM – 12:00PM)

Location: The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC

Fee: FREE with light snack included

Call 604-872-7676 to register!  Childcare will be provided.

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Sally’s Kitchen Teaches Valuable Skills

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Salvationist.ca – A new program from Vancouver’s community and family services is helping people gain new cooking skills and develop friendships.

Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen celebrated its first graduates this fall, as Major Russ Holland, director of community and family services, presented 12 women with certificates of completion. The diverse group of participants ranged in age from 20 to early 60s, and included four single moms with school-aged or older children. The women also brought various skills and experiences to the kitchen.

The weekly sessions were quick in drawing the participants together through a series of small-group cooking activities. The sessions also provided them with handouts and an opportunity to discuss topics such as nutrition, food safety, budgeting and meal planning. In addition to positive feedback from participants, the program has received generous support from agencies in the community, including Canadian Tire which donated cookware.

Five more cycles of the program will be held in 2014.  Click here for original article.

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Fraser Academy “Week Without Walls” 2014

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A BIG thank-you to the grade 7-11 teachers and students of Fraser Academy who volunteered at VCFS from February 12-14, 2014 during “Week Without Walls.”  This program is designed to help students develop into socially responsible citizens through community service work.  For more information please visit http://www.fraseracademy.ca/week-without-walls.

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Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen Celebrates its Second Round of Graduates!

IMG_04722CONGRATULATIONS to the 9 second round graduates of Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen for a successful completion!  For information on how you can sign up for future Community Kitchen classes, contact Jessica or Joseph at 604-872-7676.

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Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen Celebrates its Second Round of Graduates!

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Salvation Army Vancouver Healthy Eating Kitchen Serves up Skills for a Brighter Future

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The Salvation Army BC – Six months ago Angela and her family lived under hazardous clouds of smog in Shanghai, China’s biggest city. Bouts of dangerous pollution had become more frequent and, due to serious health risks, the trio left a comfortable life and everything they knew.

Challenges of Immigration

“We came to Vancouver for many reasons,” says Angela, “including a clean environment, educational opportunities and moderate weather. But moving wasn’t an easy process.”

Adjusting to a new community and culture was challenging for Angela. Speaking little English made it difficult for her to make friends, resulting in social isolation. Financial pressures forced her to seek help from The Salvation Army’s food bank and separation anxiety from leaving family and a country she loved was, at times, overwhelming.

“When I arrived in Canada, I didn’t focus on being successful,” says Angela. “I just tried to get through.”

More Than a Cooking Lesson

“Sally Ann’s Kitchen exists to help vulnerable people such as new immigrants and single moms overcome obstacles such as poor nutrition, budgeting and meal planning,” says Joseph Fong of The Salvation Army’s Vancouver Community and Family Services. “Many participants live in the Downtown Eastside, an area noted for a high incidence of poverty.”

In October 2013 the program’s first set of 12 graduates were presented with certificates. Ranging in age from 20 to 60, the diverse group of women learned that they don’t need a lot of money to eat well.

Five cycles will be held in January, March, April, June and July with the goal of creating a Healthy Eating Food Swap.

“A food swap is a way to exchange homemade food and spice up your recipe file,” says Fong. “It also provides an opportunity to build friendships in your local community with people you can count on for support.”

Angela’s Road to Success

From learning how to cook from scratch in a cost-effective manner to knowing how to read labels and shop for healthy ingredients, Angela says the program has helped her outweigh the struggles of starting over.

“I know how to make 12 new dishes such as black bean soup and green curry chicken,” says Angela with pride. “More than that, I’ve made new friends, improved my language skills, have a sense of belonging and feel useful again.

“Sally Ann’s Kitchen has had a huge impact on my life.”  Click here for original article.

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2014 Camp Sunrise Dates and Fees

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Women’s Camp, May 30 – June 1, $140.00 OR June 5 – 8, $160.00

Adult Fellowship Camp, June 12 – 17, $245.00 for 6 days, or $125.00 for 3 days

Jr. Music & Performing Arts Camp, June 29 – July 5, $340.00 ($310 for second child)

Teen Camp, July 21 – 26, $250.00 ($220.00 for second child)

Holiday Camp A, July 7 – 12, $315.00

Holiday Camp B, July 14 – 19, $315.00

Holiday Camp C, July 28 – August 2, $315.00

Holiday Camp D, August 4 – 9, $315.00

Moms & Tots Camp, August 11 – 14, $295.00 (includes Mom and child; $190.00 per additional child)

Sr. Music & Performing Arts Camp, August 17 – 23, $340.00 ($310.00 for second child)

Men’s Camp, September 19 – 21, $130.00

Youth Together Camp, September 26 – 28, $100.00

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Thank-you for Contributing to the Success of Our 2013 Christmas Campaign!

web DarrylKing 2013 -7670The staff at The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services thanks all its volunteers, donors, and sponsors who supported us during the 2013 Christmas Campaign.  We wish you all a joyous and Happy New Year full of blessings.  We look forward to working with you again!

A Special thanks to: Darryl King Photography, Gamma Phi Beta (UBC), Ames Tile, Deans Knight Capital Management, Teck Resources, The Yellow Pages Group, Ipsos Canada, CIBC Mortgages & Lending, TD Bank, 3DS – Dassault Systèmes GEOVIA Inc, Amec, Amica West, Canadian Bible Society, Cavalia Odysseo, Central One Credit Union, CIBC Collections, Coastal Church, Cotto Enoteca Pizzeria, Crofton House School, CTV Bell Media, The Donnelly Group, Dr. Bernstein Diet & Health Clinic, Everest Wholesale, Fontile Kitchen & Bath, Guild Yule LLP, GWIL Industries, Hootsuite Media Inc., ILAC, Jassal Chiropractic, Lululemon, Maple Grove Elementary School, Merck Canada, MonkeyMedia Software, Mulgrave School, Onni Group, Port Coquitlam Royal Purple #10, RCMP Burnaby, Rheanew Business Solutions, Shaughnessy Golf & Country Club, She’s Fit, Sleep Country Canada, Steve Nash Fitness Club, Suncor Energy Products Partnership, Sutton Group 1st West Realty, The David Suzuki Foundation, The John Howard Society, The Naden Band Concert, The Printing House, Trevor Linden Fitness Centre, Turning Point, Urban Body Laser, The Vancouver Aquarium, Shaughnessy Daycare, The Bar Method, Arthur Murray Dance Studio, Avigilion, Martin Luther Evangelical Lutheran Church.

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Upcoming Parenting Workshop Series

Parenting Workshop Series (For parents of children ages 6-12)

1. Praise and Encouragement – Nurturing children through words and actions

2. Positive Discipline – Providing natural and logical consequences

3. Problem Solving – Learning a process and holding family meetings

4. Dealing with Feelings – Understanding and coping with emotions

Presenter: Crystal, Master of Counselling Psychology Student @ Adler School of Professional Psychology

Dates: January 28 – February 18 (Tuesdays @ 10:30AM – 12:00PM)

Location: The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC

Fee: FREE

Call 604-872-7676 to register!  Childcare will be provided.

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Anger Management Dates Announced!

Anger Management: 7 Sessions to Identify Triggers and Manage Angry Feelings

Women’s Group: February 5 – March 19, 2014 (Wednesdays @ 1-3PM)

Men’s Group: February 6 – March 20, 2014 (Thursdays @ 1-3PM)

Location: The Salvation Army Belkin House, 555 Homer Street, Vancouver, BC

Fee: $50.00 (Sponsorship may be available)

Registration: An intake interview is required.  Call Ming or Joseph at 604-872-7676 to book an appointment.

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Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen – 2014 Dates Announced

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Come learn new cooking skills, nutritional information, budgeting tips, food safety and meal planning in a fun, supportive and relaxed environment!

What: Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen

When: Cycle 2 = January 16, 23, 30, February 6; Cycle 3 = March 6, 13, 20, 27; Cycle 4 = April 24, May 1, 8, 15; Cycle 5 = June 5, 12, 19, 26; Cycle 6 = July 17, 24, 31, August 7

Time: 12:30PM – 3:00PM

Where: 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8

How Much?  FREE

Please call Jessica or Joseph at 604-872-7676 to register.  Priority is given to Single Mothers; childcare will be provided.

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Adopt-A-Family 2013 Sponsor Application & Information Package Now Available

With your help, we are able to provide Christmas gifts and Christmas dinner to low-income families living in Vancouver. By adopting a family, you will have the chance to bring Christmas joy to your assigned family face to face, by delivering food and gifts to their home.  If you wish to receive the Adopt-A-Family 2013 Sponsorship Package, phone 604-872-7676, or email your request to aaf@salvationarmyvcfs.com, or download a copy from our Divisional Website.  We thank you all for your continued generosity in sharing the joy of Christmas. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Thank-You Vanguard College!

IMG_19241A BIG Thank-you to the students of Vanguard College who volunteered at our Community Drop-In Breakfasts during the week of October 21-25, 2013.  They also did a fantastic job cleaning around our facility!  For more information on Vanguard College, please visit http://www.vanguardcollege.com/.

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Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen Celebrates its First Round of Graduates!

image2CONGRATULATIONS to the 12 first round graduates of Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen for a successful completion!  For information on how you can sign up for future Community Kitchen classes, contact Kelly or Joseph at 604-872-7676.

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Salvationarmyvcfs.com is Now Online!

IMG_0451The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services is proud to announce the launch of its brand new website, which took place at 4:00PM on Friday, October 18, 2013.  Thanks to all who have dedicated time and talent to making this site marvelous over the last 6 months.  Without you, it would not have been possible!  Visit http://salvationarmyvcfs.com/contributors/ for more details.

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Thank-you Telus for Creating Salvationarmyvcfs.com!

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A HUGE thanks to Pasha Shurikov and Cynthia Lee of the Telus Business Transformation Leadership Development Program for the hard work and commitment you have demonstrated in the development of this site over the past six months!   VCFS is extremely grateful for this contribution to its ministry and looks forward to the opportunities it brings.

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Flu Clinic: October 25th, 2013 @ 9:00AM-10:30AM

Make prevention contagious!

For some people the flu can be serious, or even life threatening. Protect yourself and your family—get the flu shot at a clinic near you.

Oct.25: 9-10:30, Salvation Army, 3213 Fraser Street

Nov 1: 12-3, Hillcrest Community Centre, 4575 Clancy Loranger Way

Nov 2: 10-2, Raven Song, 2450 Ontario St

Nov 5: 930-11:30, Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athletes Way

Nov 6: 9-12:30, Kensington Community Centre, 5175 Dumfries St

Nov 8: 10-2, Mount Pleasant Community Centre, 1 Kingsway

Nov 12: 9-12, Cavell Gardens, 2835 Sophia St

Nov 14: 11-4, Kingsgate Mall, 370 East Broadway

Nov 30: 10-2, Raven Song, 2450 Ontario St

Jan 8: 3-6, Raven Song, 2450 Ontario St

For more information, visit www.health.gov.bc.ca/flu/ or call 811.  Wear short sleeves & bring your BC CareCard.

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Canadians Along with their Partners Set to Provide Local Families with Holiday Cheer

IMG_03902Canadians team up with Safeway to donate 100 family-sized turkeys to local families

(Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium – Vancouver, B.C.) – The Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club will once again join with Safeway, Avis Rent-A-Car and The Salvation Army to provide 100 family sized turkeys to local select families in need on Friday, October 11th beginning at 12:30pm located at 3213 Fraser Street (at Kingsway).

Vancouver Canadians owner Jeff Mooney will join President Andy Dunn and a number of staff from the Canadian’s, Salvation Army, Safeway and Avis Rent-A-Car to help lift spirits this Thanksgiving.

Who: Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club, Safeway, Avis Rent-A-Car & The Salvation Army

What: 6th Annual Canadians Thanksgiving

Where: 3213 Fraser Street (at Kingsway)

When: Friday, October 11th, 2013 from 12:30pm through to 1:30pm

 Notes: This event is not open to the public as families have been pre-identified by The Salvation Army to be those in need of assistance.

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Upcoming Parenting Workshop: Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Join other moms and tots in an encouraging conversation and learn how to nurture your children through words and actions.

Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Time: 10:30AM-12:00PM

Fee: FREE

Presenters: Crystal & Amy, Master of Counselling Psychology Students of Adler School of Professional Psychology

Reservation: Call 604-872-7676 to reserve a seat.  Childcare will be available.

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You’re Invited! Kensington-Cedar Cottage Connect

IMG_18481If you are homeless or at-risk of being homeless, please join us during Homelessness Action Week to receive information on resources available to you.  Lunch will also be available, and Welcome Kits to the first 100 recipients.

Date: Saturday, October 19, 2013

Time: 12:00PM-1:30PM

Where: St.  Margaret’s Cedar Cottage Anglican Church, 1530 22nd Avenue East, Vancouver, BC

This event is brought to you by The City of Vancouver, The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, Plea Community Services, St. Margaret’s Cedar Cottage Anglican Church, Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House, and The John Howard Society BC.

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2013 Breakfast Hiatus Dates Announced!

Due to our Annual Christmas Assistance Program; the last Community Drop-In Breakfast of 2013 will be held on Friday, November 15th.  Therefore, there will be no breakfast meals  provided from Monday, November 18, 2013 through to Wednesday, January 1st, 2014.  The Community Drop-In Breakfast will resume on Friday, January 3rd at 9:00AM.  We thank you for your support and understanding!

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2013 Christmas Luncheon Date Announced!

A FREE Community Christmas Lunch & Celebration will take place on Friday, December 20th, 2013 from  11:00AM-1:00PM in the multi-purpose room.  See you there!

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2013 Christmas Singles Pickup Dates Announced!

Adult Christmas goodie-bags will be distributed to individuals on Monday, December 16th until Wednesday, December 18th from 9:00AM-3:00PM.  Identification is required.

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2013 Christmas Assistance Dates Announced!

The Christmas season can be a challenging time for low-income families living in Vancouver.  Therefore, we wish to alleviate some of this stress by ensuring that children receive gifts on Christmas morning.  With the help of the community and other organizations we are able to provide these families with toys and a Christmas dinner.  For registration details, see below:

Registration: Monday, November 18th – Friday, December 6th  (Monday – Friday, 9:00AM-3:00PM)

Eligibility Requirements:  i) Must be residents of the city of Vancouver, BC, ii) Must be a family, i.e. parent(s)/guardian(s) with at least 1 child who is 18 or under, and iii) Must receive social assistance or possess a low-income.

Upon registration, you will be required to present:  i) Valid identification for each family member, i.e. CareCard, BCID, Driver’s License, Birth Certificate, Status Card, etc. (no photocopies), ii) Proof of income, i.e. last 2 cheque/assistance stubs, and iii) Proof of address, i.e. current phone/hydro/credit card bill.

Merry Christmas!

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Craftsman Collision: Making A Dent Food Drive – Fall 2013

DSCF10082A BIG thanks to Craftsman Collision, Save-On Foods (2308 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC), and PriceSmart Foods (2880 Bentall Street, Vancouver, BC) for obtaining over 2,100 food items and $550.00 during the Craftsman Collision: Making A Dent Food Drive on Saturday, September 14, 2013.

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Open Wide Community Dentistry Clinic Day

A BIG thanks to UBC Dentistry and CDI College for providing free dental work to over 50 clients on September 13-14, 2013!

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Thank you for Supporting the Backpack and School Supply Drive!

McPhersonsThank you for supporting The Salvation Army throughout our Backpack and School Supply Drive.  With your help, we were able to provide backpacks and supplies to over 5000 kids in need across British Columbia!  We appreciate your support – thank you for making a difference in your community.

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Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen – LAUNCH DATE ANNOUNCED!

communitykitchenCome learn new cooking skills, nutritional information, budgeting tips, food safety and meal planning in a fun, supportive and relaxed environment!

What: Sally Ann’s Healthy Eating Kitchen

When: October 3, 10, 17, 24 (Thursdays @ 12:30 – 3:00PM)

Where: 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC

How Much?  FREE

Please call Kelly or Joseph at 604-872-7676 to register.  Priority is given to Single Mothers; childcare will be provided.

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Anger Management Groups Beginning October 2013

Anger Management – 7 Sessions to Manage Angry Feelings

Women’s Group: October 16 – November 27 (Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00PM)

Men`s Group: October 17 – November 28 (Thursdays, 1:00-3:00PM)

Location: The Salvation Army Belkin House, 555 Homer Street, Vancouver, BC

Fee: $50.00 (Sponsorship may be available)

Registration: Intake interview is required.  Call Ming or Joseph to book an appointment at 604-872-7676.

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2013 Back-To-School Supplies Registration Begins

IMG_7889Registration for Grade 1-12 students living in Vancouver and Burnaby to receive backpacks containing essential school supplies has now begun.  Call 604-876-7676 for eligibility requirements and to schedule a pick up.  Distribution ends September 13, 2013.

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2013 Backpack & School Supply Drive

2013-backpack-drive_corps-pp2013 Backpack & School Supply Drive (July 15 to September 11)

You can help children and families in your community by sending over 5000 kids in need to school with a new backpack filled with school supplies!

1. Donate $$$ at participating Staples

2. Drop off supplies at Fitness Town or Starbucks

3. Text GIVEBC to 45678 to donate $5.00

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2013 Camp Sunrise Schedule

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Teen Camp (Ages 13-19) June 30-July 5, Cost: $235.00

Jr. Music & Performing Arts Camp (Ages 7-12) July 6-13, Cost $325.00

Holiday Camp A (Ages 7-12) July 15-20, Cost $300.00

Holiday Camp B (Ages 7-12) July 22-27, Cost $300.00

Holiday Camp C (Ages 7-12) July 29-August 3, Cost $300.00

Holiday Camp D (Ages 7-12) August 5-10, Cost $300.00

Mom’s & Tot’s Camp (Mom + Infant Ages -6) August 12-15, Cost $280.00

Sunrise Music & Performing Arts Camp (Ages 13-19) August 17-24, Cost $325.00

Visit http://www.campsunrise.ca/ for more information.

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Men’s Anger Management Graduation, June 2013

img_0309CONGRATULATIONS!!! To the 7 men who successfully completed our Anger Management Program which ran every Thursday from May 8 – June 19, 2013 at Belkin House. We wish you all a bright and happy future!

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That Was an “Easy” Breakfast

img_0301A BIG thanks to the 9 volunteers from Staples Advantage who prepared and served over 120 meals at today’s breakfast.

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Telus Gives Again!

img_0208A BIG thanks to another wonderful group of volunteers from Telus who prepared and served over 100 meals at today’s breakfast.

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Telus Day of Giving

telus-day-of-givingA BIG thanks to the 9 volunteers from Telus who helped prepare and serve 120 meals at today’s breakfast.

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The Advantages of Staples

10-05-2013-staples-advantage-volunteers-at-breakfastA BIG thanks to the 7 volunteers from Staples Advantage who helped prepare and serve over 100 meals at today’s breakfast.

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2013 Volunteer Appreciation Lunch

img_0117A BIG thanks to all of this year’s volunteers. We hope that today’s lunch displayed our gratitude for your efforts.  A SPECIAL thank-you to our 2013 ALL-STAR volunteers, Peter and Margaret.  We are blessed to have you playing on our team.

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2013 Camp Applications Now Available

cropped-sign2Sign-up has begun for children ages 7-12 to attend Holiday Camp D, August 5-10, 2013.  Call 604-872-7676 for more information.

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Happy Easter from VCFS

70 guests attended our 2013 Easter brunch.  In addition to the delicious French toast was an Easter play starring the staff of VCFS which featured the music of Elsie Quick and The Partners In Hope Band.

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