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17/12 December

Make a difference

by Angelos Kyriakides Being homeless is hard enough, but during the cold season the stakes are higher than usual. Coastal rains make the situation worse by soaking many on the streets who have no easy way to dry themselves. Add to this our freezing temperatures and it’s not hard to see the challenges of being […]

17/12 December

Mayor met with faith leaders

by Jonathan Bird Last week, for the fourth time since first being elected in 2008, Mayor Gregor Robertson convened a meeting with faith leaders at Vancouver City Hall, to seek their assistance in addressing homelessness and affordable housing. Nearly two dozen senior clergy and nonprofit executives attended, representing Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh communities. The […]

17/09 September 2017

Surrey – snapshots of faith 1

by PETER BIGGS  [See Other Cities – snapshots of faith – Incl. SURREY 2] TABLE of CONTENTS (click to go to): • Background     • Whalley’s STRIP     • Refugees     • Cloverdale Pastors Surge     • Church leaders meet Mayor     • Seniors     • Friendship with Sikhs […]

17/08 August 2017

ACLN luncheon presents plan for Abbotsford’s homeless

By Debbie Cazander   At a recent Abbotsford Christian Leaders Network (ACLN) luncheon the issue of homelessness was discussed and city representatives shared plans to address some of the concerns in Abbotsford. ACLN executive member and pastor at Bethel Reformed church, Ron Opmeer, welcomed everyone and led in a brief time of worship. Salvation Army […]

17/05 May 2017

Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows – snapshots of faith

BY PETER BIGGS [See Other Cities – snapshots of faith] TABLE OF CONTENTS (click headings below): • introduction   • a bedroom community   • churches & unity    • hard ground to plant • homelessness     • woman care    • community services    • seniors   • Maple Ridge Christian School – 60th!    • Timberline […]

16/12 December 2016

Winter survival gear for homeless people

by Nicole Mucci Hundreds of homeless men and women have new survival gear for the wet winter ahead, thanks to a new project unveiled in Metro Vancouver for the first time. Chicago-based Citypak Project and Union Gospel Mission have partnered to distribute more than 750 ‘street proof’ backpacks, featuring a built-in rain poncho, compression straps […]


Cold weather alert…

Winter is approaching and we are gearing up for Extreme Weather. This year, Cyrus Centre has been asked by BC Housing to head up the effort in Abbotsford. We will be coordinating the local response between November 2016 and March 2017. At the request of BC Housing,I am asking if there are any churches willing to provide space for mats,and volunteers,between November 1, […]


Extreme Weather Help for Homeless in Abbotsford

      Being in the midst of the first storms of the season it is hard to imagine what life must be like for those who do not have a warm home to shelter in during the day and especially during the long hours of the night.  With many of us still having leftover […]

16/08 August 2016

Sisters Thrift Boutique

by Keri Vermeulen Sisters Thrift Boutique is celebrating their first anniversary at the new Guildford location this month. The trendy ladies’ fashion store is more than a collection of hip designer clothing at unbeatable prices. The store is also about care and friendship among all women, at different stages in life, coming together in true […]

16/08 August 2016

From the streets to home

by Melissa Wallace On the streets of Calgary, she was known as “Mama White”, the person you went to for everything from drugs to condoms or anything else. Now at 53, she’s still handing out items, but for a different purpose. Sandra Domenjoz wants to tell women they don’t need to settle for life as […]