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: $22 million
Funds to Raise: $8 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 604.335.9339.
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.
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 22 Nov, 2021
Category Blog, First Forward
“When you’re out on the streets, you know … it’s cold. Wet. You’re dirty. You wander the streets day and night just to try to stay warm. You feel like you’re useless. You’re worthless.” That’s what Angelo, a member of our community, said when he reflected on the three years that he, his wife Sandy, […]
Date 16 Nov, 2021
Category Blog, First Forward, Redevelopment
Sharing exciting updates on what’s next for FIRST! Check out our latest newsletter on our redevelopment plans and our brand new food truck. Don’t forget to sign up for upcoming Toast Talks! Click to view newsletter in new tab
Date 6 Nov, 2020
Category First Forward, Redevelopment
Jen St Denis from The Tyee covers our plans to redevelop our building at 320 East Hastings Street in her article “First United Church, a Downtown Eastside Institution, to Get a Huge Makeover”. “Today, First United’s programs range from a meal program, medical care, tax filing services, help accessing and appealing government benefits, legal help […]
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.