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Coldest Night of the Year 2024 Recap

Date 28 Feb, 2024

Category Blog, Events

This year’s Coldest Night of the Year was a massive, record-breaking success, and it’s all thanks to this wonderful community who came out to walk in the rain, fundraise, and donate to support the Downtown Eastside. Thanks to the collective effort of everyone who participated, we raised a total of $112,725—and counting! That’s the most […]

BC Government Commits to Protecting Renters from Bad-Faith Evictions

Date 22 Feb, 2024

Category Blog

On Wednesday, BC’s Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin delivered the throne speech and drew specific attention to an issue that we’ve been working and advocating on for over a year: protecting renters and ending bad-faith evictions.  Though details on implementation were not provided, the speech promised that action will be taken in this legislative session. Last […]

Thank you for making this an amazing Christmas!

Date 5 Jan, 2024

Category Blog

A message from Amanda Burrows, Executive Director: I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to you—our community of values-aligned supporters—for joining us this Christmas to make an impact on the Downtown Eastside. I’m delighted to share that this has been our biggest Christmas campaign ever, and it’s thanks to you. Together, for our programs […]

Thank You Thursday: Fourth Annual Shelter Gala Highlights

Date 30 Nov, 2023

Category Blog

We hosted our fourth annual GivingTuesday Shelter Gala this week, and it was an incredible day of celebrating the resilience and strength of our neighbours in the Downtown Eastside. We’re so happy to share that we’ve received over $62,000 in donations for our GivingTuesday Shelter Gala! GivingTuesday is such a special day here at FIRST […]

Canada supports 103 new affordable homes in Vancouver at 320 E Hastings

Date 9 Nov, 2023

Category Blog, First Forward, Redevelopment

FIRST UNITED Executive Director Amanda Burrows (centre) pictured with Vancouver City Councillors Lenny Zhou, Rebecca Bligh, Lisa Dominato, Mike Klassen, and Christine Boyle, Lu’ma Native Housing Society President Dave Baspaly, and Vancouver-Mount Pleasant MLA Joan Phillip. Photo by Maxine Bulloch. Vancouver, British Columbia, November 6, 2023 Construction is underway on 103 units for Indigenous residents and […]

A Year of the FIRST Food Truck

Date 3 Nov, 2023

Category Blog, Programs & Services

“We’ve had community members tell us, ‘It’s amazing that you’re still able to provide food while your building is being redeveloped,” shared Cristien Donhuysen, Program Manager.  It’s been over a year since we’ve launched our FIRST Food Truck, which provides free meals to Downtown Eastside community members every weekday at lunchtime. Through the food truck, […]

Calls for Justice This Advent Season

Date 3 Nov, 2023

Category Advocacy, Blog, Programs & Services

This Christmas season, we invite you to participate in Advent through the theme of justice—specifically to begin the work of Call for Justice 18.17 from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Call 18.17 states: “We call upon all governments, service providers, and educators to fund and support the re-education of […]

Fall Newsletter, Advent and Christmas Calendar, and One Year of Our FIRST Food Truck

Date 1 Nov, 2023

Category Blog, Programs & Services

Sharing exciting updates from FIRST! Check out our latest newsletter with stories from Spiritual Care, Meals, and some photos of our building demolition. First United Fall 2023 Newsletter

2023 Homeless Count Results: Our Solutions

Date 6 Oct, 2023

Category Blog

By Amanda Burrows For the first time since 2020, we have an idea of the prevalence of homelessness in Metro Vancouver. The 2023 Homeless Count in Greater Vancouver Report was released yesterday at the 2H Forum 2023, with dismaying results: in the region, the number of people identified as experiencing homelessness increased by 32%, and […]

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Date 29 Sep, 2023

Category Uncategorized

Tomorrow is National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and we invite you to join us in both reflection and action for reconciliation. Three years on from the first marking of this day, unmarked graves continue to be discovered, and long-told stories and truths are validated. Validation though formal investigations should not be necessary. Survivors should […]

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28 Feb, 2024
Coldest Night of the Year 2024 Recap
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22 Feb, 2024
BC Government Commits to Protecting Renters from Bad-Faith Evictions
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5 Jan, 2024
Thank you for making this an amazing Christmas!
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