Gordon Neighbourhood House evaluates the impact of our work together using a variety of methods.
Here is a snap shot of some of the fun we had in March 2017:
100% of attendees surveyed believe that WEFN provides a safe and inclusive community space forfamilies, provides opportunities to connect with neighbours, and gain knowledge of community resources within the Downtown Peninsula.
“We are very thankful and grateful for this program. It really works to create and maintain our community.”
“We have made many new friends in the neighbourhood. West End Family Night gives us the chance to stay connected with them.”
“Great opportunity to meet and connect with neighbours from all walks of life.”
“I’ve met new people, my kids made new friends, and we’ve tried new foods.”
One of the Out of School Care parents was dropping her child off during a Community Food Hub. She made a comment of how full of energy the space felt on a Friday. She said Gordon Neighbourhood House was welcoming, felt community oriented, and supportive.
“I just wanted to drop a line and say how wonderful it’s been, having the chance to be in conversation with some of your staff and start to think about ways to be in partnership together. The Food Fit program that Chantille got up and running, and some other recent discussion we’ve had with Joey and Doris around food/growing programming and the Seniors Lounge have us really excited. Thank you so much for connecting us all and for your openness to these types of partnerships! We’re getting really great feedback from tenants, about Food Fit in particular, and can see some great potential impacts with the other ideas as well.”
—Affordable Housing Community Partner
Neighbourhood House Week
May 8-14 is Neighbourhood House Week!
Neighbourhood House Week is an international initiative to celebrate and recognize the work that neighbourhood houses around the world carry out.
In Vancouver, the first Neighbourhood House, Alexandra House (now Kitsilano Neighbourhood House), was established over 100 years ago and now there are 15 neighbourhood houses serving communities throughout the Lower Mainland.
Check out the website for programs and events across the city to join in on the celebrations.
Chantille speaks about ending poverty in BC
The BC Poverty Reduction Coalition hosted a speakers series called Value BC: Equality, Justice and Prosperity for all. Chantille spoke on the panel about her own experience as a single parent living in Vancouver and the work of Gordon Neighbourhood House in pushing for a poverty reduction plan for BC.
Craig Speaks at the Metro Vancouver Alliance Assembly
Craig Long, member of Gordon Neighbourhood House's Community Advisory Board, spoke at a packed Assembly with over 800 people in the audience! Craig framed the issue of income justice and spoke about the work that we do at Gordon Neighbourhood House with our community.
Gordon Neighbourhood House is a member of the Metro Vancouver Alliance: a coalition of over 50 civil society organizations, faith communities, unions, and community groups.
Farmer Joey and the volunteer farm team have been busy bees taking care of our 4 farm sites.
So far, we’ve planted spring crops such as radishes, carrots, pac choi, greens, spinach, broccoli and peas! Watch out for produce from our farms popping up in the community lunches and at the Friday Hub produce market.
Our Community Herb Garden program is also up and running. Last month, Farmer Joey hosted a volunteer work party to clean up and plant in 3 of our 10 herb boxes located in the West End. New volunteers learned how to take care of their assigned box, and as a team we planted thyme, oregano, mint, lemon balm and lavender plants, as well as chive and parsley seeds.
The herbs are open for anyone in the neighbourhood to harvest and enjoy.
Farewell to Paul M. Taylor
The community, volunteers, and staff of Gordon Neighbourhood House gathered to say good bye to Paul. A good time was had by all, in usual Paul usual fashion there was good food, music, and a lot of laughter. Thank you to everyone who attended. We miss you Paul! (and we know you're reading this)
Did you meet your best friend at Gordon Neighbourhood House? Maybe three of you became best friends (three musketeers perhaps?) Or maybe you connected with someone you never would have met otherwise. We would love to hear them.
Please contact us at Agata@gordonhouse.org or fill out the form by clicking the link below with your story of connection that started at Gordon Neighbourhood House.
Donations of $25 and more are eligible for a charitable tax receipt.
We thank you for your support of our work! #togetherwegrow
It’s Time to Buy Your Membership: All Welcome!
Memberships support the growth of our organization, and allows us to connect with our members about upcoming programs and events. It’s your organization – become a member today! Don’t delay, sign up for a membership at the front desk!
Members of Gordon Neighbourhood House are also eligible for the 50% off sale at our Thrift Stores, both Broughton Street and Davie Street location.
Memberships are $5 for adults, $7 for family and are free for kids 13 and under. No one is denied a membership for lack of funds.
Important News May 9th – Provincial General Election Voting Day
Gordon Neighbourhood House will be an official voting place on May 9th (Tuesday).
The Community Lunch, Seniors' Lounge, Yoga, and Qi Gong will be cancelled.
Every Tuesday 10 AM to 11 AM
May 2nd only class begins at 9am
No class May 9, GNH is a polling station that day
Every Tuesday, 1 PM to 4 PM
Last Tuesday of every month: May 30 1:30 PM
Crafty Neighbours Knitting Group
Every Wednesday 1 PM to 3 PM
Memorial Lunch for Linda Dobson
Tuesday, May 16
First come, first served.
Free to Gordon Neighbourhood House members
Starting in the middle of May, there will be renovations starting upstairs; the seniors’ lounge and Crafty Neighbours will go “on the road”. Don't worry, the Attic will stay open! Stay tuned for more information.
You can also check out the Seniors’ Brochure at Gordon Neighbourhood House for a full listing of events, activities and programs.
Transgender Inclusion 101 Workshop
Last month Gordon Neighbourhood House offered a Transgender Inclusion 101 workshop, inviting staff and volunteers within the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC to participate. With over 25 participants, presenters from Prism Services, Nikki & Colandria, provided a space for open dialogue, learning, and personal reflection. The objective of the workshop was to enhance awareness, compassion, and competencies when working with trans folks. The workshop outlined definitions, statistics, allyship, and creating an inclusive space for all.
For more information on education, resources, and referrals, please contact Prism Services at www.vch.ca/prism, or 604-658-1214.
Upcoming Meeting Dates & Events
Pay What You Can Yoga
Every Tuesday from 6:30pm-8pm
Steering Committee Meeting
Thursday, May 4th from 7pm-8:30pm
Let's Grow! Herb Workshop
Sunday, May 7th from 2pm-4pm
West End Games Night
Friday, May 26th from 7pm-11:30pm
Cooking With Peter (Spring Vegetables
Monday, May 29th from 6:30pm-8pm
West End all candidates meeting hosted by Young Ideas and GNH's
Community Advisory Board
Nourish Bowl Success
We’ve been serving up our new Wednesday lunch Nourish Bowls for the past seven weeks, and they’re a delicious hit!
Nourish Bowls are a hot meal in a bowl, typically with a layer of cooked grains, mix of raw and cooked vegetables, protein, and sauce or garnish. The flavours change weekly – in the last few weeks we’ve made Korean Bibimbap, Carrot Chickpea Stew, Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls, Orzo Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower, and Turmeric Coconut Curry with rice.
Thank you to the amazing kitchen volunteer team, the UBC Land and Food Systems student team, and all the lovely lunch folks who have been sharing their feedback.
Come and try our Pay-what-you-can Nourish Bowl every Wednesday at 12:30pm!
FoodFit Wraps up!
The FoodFit program hosted at Nicholson Towers ended in April and we would like to congratulate all the participants on successfully completing the program.
The group met every week for 3 months, talking, cooking, and exercising at each session. The lunches they shared and prepared together sparked great discussions along with lots of fun and laughter.
"I love this program. I look forward to it each week."
"I didn't realize it would be so easy to make healthy changes."
One highlight was when Joey joined them for their session on herbs and cheerfully led the walk (on a VERY rainy day) to our community gardens where folks learned how to grow herbs and how to prune them to take home to use.
Thank you to Laura Murray and Sarah Lone for facilitating FoodFit, and to Community Food Centres of Canada for funding this joint program with other Neighbourhood Houses in Vancouver (Cedar Cottage, Kitsilano, Frog Hollow, and South Vancouver).
Stay tuned for another session in the Fall!
Kid’s Community Kitchen
Community Food Centres of Canada Good Food Summit 2017
After driving (yes, driving) from Vancouver to Toronto, Paul and Chantille attended the Community Food Centres of Canada Good Food Summit where Chantille presented on a panel about Gordon Neighbourhood House's Food Philosophy. They had fun posing for food justice with Sarah Lone (Kitsilano Neighbourhood House) and Barb Wong (Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House). The time is ripe for change!
Staff Community Kitchen
Community Lunch Menu
As part of our food philosophy, we are committed to celebrating seasonality and locally grown food. Check out our daily menu at the Neighbourhood House, or give us a call to find out what's for lunch that day.
Monday, May 1st PWYC
Inspired vegan dish made from fresh Gordon Neighbourhood House farm harvest
Tuesday, May 2nd $5
GNH Garden Greens salad & Stewed chicken with rice and beans
Thursday, May 18th $5
GNH Garden Greens salad & Roast chicken legs with barley
Monday, May 22nd PWYC
GNH closed – Victoria Day
Tuesday, May 23rd $5
GNH Garden Greens Salad & Beef stew with polenta
Wednesday, May 24th PWYC
Nourish Bowl -- Korean Bibimbap w/ Rice
Thursday, May 25th $5
Harvest soup & Pork ribs with roast veggies
Monday, May 29th PWYC
Inspired vegan dish made from fresh Gordon Neighbourhood House farm harvest
Tuesday, May 30th $5
Harvest soup & Pork in black bean with egg noodles
Wednesday, May 31st PWYC
Nourish Bowl – Orzo Pasta Salad Bowl
Is Gluten a no go? Are you allergic to shellfish? Lactose Intolerant? Halal Meat? We strive to accommodate your dietary restrictions. Please let us know a week in advance and we'll do our very best to accommodate you.
Did you Know that Volunteers Live Longer?
Want to build skills and experience? Meet your neighbours? Give back to your community?
Check out the volunteer opportunities available at Gordon Neighbourhood House. Fill out an application and let us know how you’d like to get involved, and when you are available. We’d love to hear from you!
We acknowledge that Gordon Neighbourhood House is on the unceded, occupied, ancestral and traditional lands of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.