Vancouver’s Downtown South is one of the neighbourhoods most impacted by rapid gentrification. When new properties are developed in Downtown South, existing seniors may end up displaced from their homes and forced to become homeless. The fortunate ones may get in to live in social or non-market housing.
Our Downtown South Neighbourhood Helpers Program was launched in 1995 as a response to this gentrification. Through this project, we hope to locate seniors in need of community and offer them a chance to help one another by connecting them with each other.
We tend to work with English-speaking, low-income seniors over 50-years-old who live in the West End, Downtown, or Yaletown areas. We also assist individuals who are 45-years-old who deal with a disability or facing serious financial issues.
The Downtown South Neighbourhood Helpers program also offers the following:
- Coffee time. Residents living in SRO Hotels and Non- Market housing meet together, twice weekly, for coffee, snack and build community.
- Community meals. Residents and volunteers prepare a healthy meal once a week, for persons in need at various hotels.
- One-to-One support. Seniors with particular needs receive one-to-one support on a daily basis, such as sharing a meal, conversation or picking up something at the store.
- Hospital Visits. Seniors and local residents receive regular hospital visits as well as advocacy while in hospital.
Health Clinics. Free flu shots, blood pressure checks as well as HIV and Diabetes testing are available on a seasonal and quarterly basis. This reduces the risk of serious health issues for local seniors.
To get in touch or get involved with the Downtown South Neighbourhood Helpers projects, contact Vicky at firstname.lastname@example.org.