Neighbourhood Ministry

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 serve people living on our streets. Under the guidance of Rev. Dr. Pitman Potter, the Neighbourhood Ministry is in its 10th 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), St. Mary’s, Kerrisdale (Tuesdays), and St. Augustine’s, Marpole (Thursdays) each 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.

More Information

For more information about the MCU Unit or the Neighbourhood Ministry, please visit the Neighbourhood Ministry website at

Latest News

Beginning in 2018, The Neighbourhood Ministry Mobile Care Unit is the grateful recipient of care+share funding from the Diocese of New Westminster.

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.