Our Support for First United Church (First United Community Ministry Society)

Lynn Valley United is a long-time mission partner with First United in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.Committed at its heart to the struggle for social justice, First United is a place of welcome for people experiencing homelessness and poverty in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Offering programs of advocacy, housing, healing and hospitality, this community space supports and celebrates the inherent strengths of all people, of all walks of life. More information about their programs can be found at www.firstunited.ca

COLDEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR 2019

Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 23, 2019 for the Annual Coldest Night of the Year walk for the homeless, hungry and hurting in Vancouver. We love to celebrate this event with our partner congregations, please email [email protected] for details. If you are interested in participating please click here for more details

PRAYER REQUEST – WORKERS AND VOLUNTEERS ON THE DOWNTOWN EASTSIDE
A recent article has drawn attention to the strain and trauma being borne by ‘frontline’ workers who respond to overdose calls day and night. Here at First United our staff responds to ODs daily. Even if the user survives, the experience can take its toll on first responders, who are often not EMTs, but rather folk who work or volunteer in the neighbourhood. If the user passes away despite interventions, the trauma to responders can be significant. Please pray for these brave, stalwart folk who are giving so much.Opiod Crisis Front Line Workers

IN KIND DONATION CHANGES

As of December 2017, First no longer operates a Thrift Store so please check their website for current mission needs before making clothing donations. LVUC does not currently have a volunteer willing to drive donations to First on a regular basis (please contact us if you are that person!), so in kind donations can be taken directly to First or deposited in the bin kept at Highlands United Church. (Judith Clark is willing to drop these off.)

Financial contributions made through the First United website before the end of 2017 are being matched by some of their strongest supporters. https://firstunited.ca/cominghome/