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We Are First United

Our vision is a neighbourhood where everyone’s worth is celebrated and all people thrive

Our story

We have been a presence of loving kindness in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for more than a century
First United Church Community Ministry Society (commonly known as First United) is an inner- city ministry of the United Church of Canada committed at its heart to the struggle for social justice, offering programs of advocacy, housing and healing in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES). In general, we serve adults with complex needs.
First United strives to be a respectful resource to the DTES and to those who are most in need of a welcoming place to be, to find support, and to feel safe. We have been operating in the DTES for over 130 years, and plan to keep our doors open to the neighbourhood as a place to find sanctuary and connection.

When one suffers all suffer,

when one rejoices all rejoice.