In The Community
This year the West Vancouver Foundation celebrates 40 years of bringing people and projects together to create impact in West Vancouver. In 2019 we have granted to over 80 organizations and individuals. Find out more about some of the impact the collective generosity of our donors has made in the community.
Hollyburn Family Services
Seniors at Housing Risk Program
Funds: Ian & Rosemary Mottershead Fund
Grant Program: Community Grant
Hollyburn Family Services Society’s Seniors at Housing Risk Outreach program supported a senior couple both of whom had complex health issues and were at grave risk of losing their housing. They were living in a 2 bedroom apartment and paying more in rent than their combined incomes allowed. They were constantly in financial stress. In addition, the gentleman was recently re-diagnosed with cancer after several years of remission. He was the primary caregiver to his wife who has advanced Parkinson's. The wife lost much of her speech, further complicating the situation as the wife had been the voice of the immigrant couple with her proficient English. The couple’s adult son, who lives out of town also acted as a care-giver, advocate, driver, and companion when he could. It was hard not to see the love shared by the family but it was also noticeable that the husbands own health was declining as he cared for his wife.
Once we learned the complexities of this family's situation, we were able to work collaboratively with Vancouver Coastal Health to increase home care supports for the family. This eased some of the burden on the husband and the son. We helped the family access an adult day respite program, a free eyeglasses program and offered emotional support while addressing their housing instability. Through an existing partnership with a housing provider, we were able to provide the couple with a subsidized one bedroom apartment. This saved the couple hundreds in rent every month. They can now focus on their health without the stress of housing and financial instability.
Joy, Hollyburn Family Services
Children of the Street Program
Taking Care of Ourselves, Taking Care of Others Workshops
Funds: Howard Martin Fund, Kershaw Fund, Carpenter Fund
Grant Program: Community Grant
Funding from your Foundation helped us give children and youth living in your community the information and practical tools needed to learn how to keep themselves, and their peers, safe from all forms of sexual exploitation.
Again this year, the West Vancouver School District asked us to present our workshops to all elementary school students. In total, we provided 37 workshops in your community. (1,300 children and youth living in West Vancouver were reached.)
This past school year, the number of children and youth coming forward with disclosures increased by almost 20%, the prior year our disclosure rates increased by more than 271%! While this is concerning to most people, it's important to note, when we receive a disclosure we always make sure they young person receives the support they need to move forward with their lives.
"I liked everything. From top to bottom. I like how they did a skit for one of the examples. They're very detailed and they gave a lot of examples to us." quote from a 12-year old female workshop participant.
We wish to thank you again for standing with us to help keep kids in your community safe from all forms of sexual exploitation.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Grant recipients share inspiring stories about the impact a WVF grant had on their programs.
Lighthouse Park Preservation Society:Thanks to the WVF grant covering part of the costs of newsletters, talks, walks, prizes and brochures we are able to communicate with so many people in a professional manner.