Listening and Helping

Real People, Real Lives



This digital storytelling project chronicles the lives of 12 people living on the Downtown Eastside over the course of a year.


Bladerunners

BladeRunners

BladeRunners helps street-involved disadvantaged youth build confidence and self-esteem. The program works with young people through cultural empowerment, life skills coaching and employment training. Thanks to BladeRunners, young people in Vancouver’s inner-city neighbourhoods are achieving success in the workplace, while learning to lead positive, productive lifestyles.


Central Kitchen

Central Kitchen

The Downtown Eastside Central Kitchen produces about 900 meals every day to help people struggling with poverty. The kitchen prepares healthy, nutritious food – and delivers meals to shelters and treatment centres across the Downtown Eastside. In addition to keeping people from going hungry, the kitchen offers employment opportunities for local residents. The Downtown Eastside Central Kitchen is helping improve the quality of life in the community.


Insite

Insite

Vancouver’s Supervised Injection Site (SIS) helps clients cope with severe addiction situations. For many marginalized people, SIS offers access to healthcare. Averaging about 200 overdose interventions per year, SIS helps save lives. Thanks to SIS – the only one in North America – people have a unique opportunity to get a start on achieving long-term sobriety.


Affordable Housing: Making It Work

Dunbar Apartments



Opened in September 2012, Dunbar Apartments in has 51 apartments for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and is managed and operated by Coast Mental Health.



Skwachàys Healing Lodge



Opened June 11, 2012. This new development provides 24 affordable apartments for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness as well as 18 healing lodge apartments for Aboriginal individuals and their immediate family who need to travel to Vancouver from rural and remote communities for medical services. The building also includes a fair-trade art gallery, a basement workshop space and culturally-appropriate services such as a sweat lodge and smudge room.


Rainier Hotel

The Rainier Hotel

For many people on the journey to recovery from addictions, the Rainier provides a safe space. The Rainier gives people a place they can build into a personal home – with furniture and a phone – amenities many residents have lived without for years. The Rainier provides an essential resource for people re-building their lives and re-integrating into the community.


The Savoy Hotel

The Savoy Hotel

“There’s something about the Downtown Eastside that gets into your heart.” The Savoy is there for people who are at the right point in their lives to accept help and start a process of personal renewal. Safe and comfortable, the Savoy offers a clean home for people making a new start on a brighter future.



The Dominion Hotel

The Dominion Hotel

Residents at the Dominion use their safe, secure accommodation as a basic first-step toward improving their lives. Once housed, individuals find it easier to get medical care, training and employment. It’s a case of one good thing leading to another.





The Pennsylvania Hotel

The Pennsylvania Hotel

The Pennsylvania Hotel has a long history in the community. Now it’s providing a safe home for 40 residents – and space for two medical clinics. People living at the Pennsylvania regain human dignity through living in a clean, secure home. They cook their own food. Thanks to their experience at the Pennsylvania, residents can segway to new housing options.


Woodward's

Woodward's

The Woodward’s building brings an incredible start to revitalization, as well as fresh energy for the Downtown Eastside. Serving as flagship for positive change in the community, Woodward’s will help restore commercial vitality to the neighbourhood. Thanks to the transformation of this historic building, many residents will enjoy high-quality housing integrated into the community.



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