We’re redeveloping our site into an 11-storey building purpose-built to suit the needs and interests of the community. The first four floors, operated by FIRST, will provide safe and inclusive community amenities with three times more space for our low-barrier services and programming. The seven floors above will offer safe, secure homes for Indigenous peoples operated by the Lu’ma Native Housing Society. Regardless of circumstance, all people deserve the dignity and care that a safe, purpose-built space can provide.
Revitalizing the corner of Hastings and Gore is a community-informed neighbourhood rejuvenation that centres reconciliation and healing. We cannot do this important work without you.
Secured Funds: $23.7 million
Funds to Raise: $6.3 million
If you would like to make your gift by cheque, please make your cheque(s) payable to First United and write “First Forward” in the memo. Print and mail this form along with your cheques to:
320 East Hastings Street,
Vancouver, BC, V6A 1P4
Please include a void cheque (paper or digital) for bank transfers.
For gifts of $3,000 or less, you can e-transfer. Add First United as a recipient and send your e-transfer to:
• In the “memo” field, please indicate that your e-transfer is a donation to First Forward
• Use the following as your security question:
Question: What is the purpose of this transaction?
Send us an email at [email protected] letting us know that you’ve made a donation by e-transfer and include your full name and address so we can issue your charitable tax receipt. For gifts of more than $3,000, please send a wire transfer.
Need to make a bank transfer for an amount larger than $3,000? No problem. You can make a wire transfer using the following information:
Our legal name: First United Church Community Ministry Society
Our address: 320 E Hastings St, Vancouver V6A 1P4
Swift Code: ROYCCAT2VIC
Bank address: 400 Main St., Vancouver V6A 2T5
Account number: 07120-1009059
Then send us an email at [email protected] letting us know that you’ve made a donation by wire transfer and include your full name and address so we can issue your charitable tax receipt.
If you would like to make a donation by phone using a credit card, our campaign team is happy to help. Give us a call at 604.336.3047.
Whether it’s a gift of charitable annuities or a future contribution through a bequest, our campaign team can help. Give us a call at 604.335.9319.
Donations are tax deductible, and we welcome one-time donations or pledged gifts over a period of several years, with pledge payments completing in 2024. Interested in making a pledge?
For information about corporate giving opportunities or our recognition program for gifts over $10,000, please contact us.
When we found FIRST UNITED, it was an absolute blessing. Without their help, I don’t know if we’d still be here. If you can see it in your heart to give, you should know that your help could change someone’s life. I know it changed mine.”
—Angelo, FIRST UNITED Community Member
Enthusiastic support from both the public and private sectors has propelled First Forward. Check out some of our pivotal achievements.
FIRST receives pledge of a $10M leadership gift to kick-start the redevelopment project.
The First Forward Cabinet is formed, and the fundraising campaign begins its quiet phase.
United Church congregation St. Andrew’s-Wesley commits $1M to move First Forward.
Wheaton Precious Metals makes a $1M corporate contribution to First Forward.
Date 13 Jun, 2022
Category Blog, First Forward, Redevelopment
We’re excited to announce that the demolition of our building at 320 East Hastings is now officially underway! This spring, our remaining staff, programs and services were moved to satellite locations in the Downtown Eastside. Last week, shelter residents were relocated to our newly renovated, state-of-the-art shelter on Alexander Street and by Thursday afternoon, […]
Date 11 May, 2022
Category Blog, First Forward, Redevelopment
It’s finally here! After years of planning and weeks of meetings, inspections, and renovations, we’re prepared to begin demolition on our building at 320 East Hastings Street. On May 24th, staff will clear out of the building for the last time as crews enter to begin their remediation work. It’s with a mix of emotions […]
Date 5 Jan, 2022
Category Blog, First Forward
We have some truly outstanding news to share with you: over the past six weeks, we ran two parallel campaigns for critically-needed donations: we had to raise $450,000 for our ongoing programs and services, and $500,000 for the redevelopment of our new building. It was an ambitious undertaking, but one that we felt optimistic about because our community […]
We’re grateful for the dedication and support of our First Forward Cabinet members, who are as committed as we are to moving FIRST into its new home in 2024.
Congratulations to FIRST UNITED and Lu’ma Native Housing Society for successfully working together to bring new affordable and inclusive supportive housing to East Vancouver. I know the whole neighbourhood will benefit from this supportive space for people to live in community
—Niki Sharma, MLA Vancouver-Hastings, Parliamentary Secretary for Community Development and Non-Profits, B.C.
We’re grateful for the generous contributions of individuals, organizations, and foundations to this project. Thank you for helping us to move First Forward!
You can’t put a price on dignity. But you can help us build a space that embodies it.