Canadian Peace Initiative
This initiative works towards establishing a federal-level Department of Peace, while creating a culture of peace at home and abroad. We advocate for non-violent conflict resolution, and the revitalization of Canada’s role as a global peace-builder. This group meets via Skype on the fourth Monday of the month. Email vancouvercpi(at)yahoo.ca or find more information at canadianpeaceinitiative.ca
In from the Cold
Make an difference in the Downtown Eastside by serving a hot meal at First United Church on the second Friday of every month from 3:30-7:30 pm. Volunteers cook a meat or veggie stew, set-up, and serve those in need of a nourishing meal.
On the second Friday of the month, volunteers from Canadian Memorial prepare and serve a nutritious beef stew dinner topped off with a dessert of chocolate cake and ice cream. Live music, laughter and stories punctuate the evening and everyone leaves the event feeling full and cared for.
More information about First United Mission can be found at www.firstunited.ca
Please download the stew recipe Stew_Recipes_In_From_the_Cold and place stews in the ice cream buckets provided at the church office. We ask that the stews and/or cookies be dropped off to the Centre for Peace kitchen on the day of the serving.
If you think this is something you would like to get involved with, please contact Heather McKelvie at 604-773-7744.
Street Meals is an outreach ministry that has been supporting street-involved youth in Vancouver with a hot meal and sandwich program since 2000. Street Meals provides food, clothes, and scholarships to street-involved youth.
In partnership with Directions Youth Services Centre, operated by Family Services of Greater Vancouver, our volunteers provide lunches for the Street Youth Job Action program. We also contribute goods and products, such as soap, socks, sleeping bags, and regular deliveries of milk etc., and a whole range of items which have been identified as needed by the staff at Directions.
To get involved, call Joanne Hausch, 604-454-7446.
What is the Canadian Memorial Street Meals Scholarship Fund?
In 2008 we established the scholarship fund to provide financial assistance to students who are training for a career in youth services. This education will prepare youth to assist street-involved and at-risk youth to move forward in life, with the appropriate support, resources and direction. We have established a scholarship fund to help students to further their academic goals, but also to encourage them to give back to their clients who so need professional help and support. Note that preference is given to students with a past history of street involvement or high risk and who are currently enrolled in a program that will lead to a degree or certification in youth services.
Want to gain insight into what it is like to be young and on the street? Vancouver homeless youth have chosen to speak out and answer these questions, firsthand. Their stories, as filmed by the youth themselves and without interpreters, are now available on a ground-breaking new website,www.inourshoes.ca.
The Township Project
Assist in fundraising to support a micro-finance project that lends money to women living in South African townships who want to start their own small business. Jocelyn Pritchard.