In keeping with the directives from the Canadian Government, province of BC regulating officials and Archbishop Melissa, the Westside Anglican Neighbourhood Ministry (WANM) had to temporarily suspend its usual programs, but resumed them in August 2020.
We are delighted to announce that the WANM has allied with other community partners to continue serving the homeless and vulnerable community with a clothing and food drive. Please view the attached flyer for further details.
The Spring 2020 edition of the Neighbourhood Ministry Newsletter was published on April 6, 2020 and is available for download here.
Initiated in 2008 under the leadership of Deacon Pitman, the Neighbourhood Ministry (NM) continues to transform lives. It is a collaborative ministry offered by the parishes of
...to serve people living on our streets. Under the guidance of Rev. Dr. Pitman Potter, the Neighbourhood Ministry is in its 12th year of offering care, companionship and practical help to our most vulnerable neighbours living on the Westside streets and in marginalized conditions.
At its core, the NM continues its weekly street walks by volunteers who deliver packets of food & clothing to homeless individuals. Hundreds of packets are delivered each year.
In many cases, the Street Outreach teams find individuals who need help completing government paperwork for ID, income & disability assistance and housing.
In late 2016, two new services were launched: The Mobile Care Unit (MCU) and the Angels Program.
In partnership with the UBC schools of Medicine and Social Work, the MCU is a ‘travelling’ team that visits Kits Showers (Saturdays) and St. Augustine’s, Marpole (Thursdays) twice a month. The MCU Unit’s team of doctors, social work students and NM volunteers provide basic medical care and social services to homeless and needy people who may
face barriers to such care and support.
NM ‘angels’ are paired with clients who require extra support in accessing services for which they are eligible.
The Neighbourhood Ministry has been recognized by the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster as a GEM recipient (2012-2014), Care+Share recipient (2018-2019) and designation as a Related Group.
For more information about the MCU Unit or the Neighbourhood Ministry, please visit the Neighbourhood Ministry website at neighbourhoodministry.com
The latest Neighbourhood Ministry News, including information on several ways to volunteer for indoor or outdoor support, can be found in the Outreach News section, here.