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All Genders Wellness Centre
At the All Genders Wellness Centre, we aim to provide low-barrier wellness services to transgender and gender non-conforming people in a way that is respectful and celebratory of clients’ identity and self-expression. Our centre is volunteer run, and all of our practitioners are volunteering their time, so that we can offer free services to people who need them, regardless of factors like citizenship, health insurance, or residential address.

BCMA (The B.C. Muslim Association)
The BCMA is currently the largest Muslim organization in the province representing 75,000 to 80,000 Sunni Muslims.

CitizenU
citizenU aims to create an even safer, stronger and more inclusive Vancouver by tackling racism, discrimination and bullying head-on on all fronts (discrimination based on ability, age, citizenship, culture, ethnicity, faith, gender, health, language, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic circumstances, and/or social groupings) and by striving to build stronger, more positive relationships among our diverse communities.

Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House
DTES Neighbourhood House embraces people of all ancestries, genders, ages and descriptions, annually welcoming almost 9,000 DTES residents in a community where 70% of our neighbours are low-income, 700 are homeless and 5,000 underhoused.

Engaged Immigrant Youth
The Engaged Immigrant Youth Program is dedicated to working with school communities to support youth to stay in school and improve their chances of pursuing meaningful employment and educational opportunities.

Gab Youth (QMUNITY)
QMUNITY Gab Youth is a safe place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, intersex, queer, questioning (queer) youth 25 years of age and under and their allies. Gab provides information, support and referrals to queer youth as well as resources for family, friends, and professionals.

Hope in Shadows Calendar
Hope in Shadows is a project based around a photography contest for low-income community members of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

Inside Stories
“South Hill Vancouver is a neighbourhood like many others. A few of us who live in South Hill can say our ancestors were born here. Most of us come from across the planet. We live and work shoulder to shoulder, but do we really know the people living next door? If we heard our neighbours’ stories, would we relate to them differently?”

ISS if BC (Immigrant Services Society of BC)
ISSofBC is the largest, multicultural, immigrant-serving agency in western Canada. The society provides a variety of services to Lower Mainland immigrant and refugee communities,

Lifeskills Centre
Offers peer counselling, life skills development, prevocational skills training, and literacy rich programming, as well as educational classes, services, and support to street-involved adults with multiple barriers.

Lookout Emergency Aid Society  - LivingRoom Drop-In Centre
A drop in centre for the seriously mentally ill that provides social and recreational activities. Activities vary, but may include a camera club, chess, meditation, recreation outings and programs, skill development and education groups, including computer skills, as well as a monthly dance. Support programs such as dual diagnosis, education programs, and life skills are also offered.

Megaphone Magazine
Megaphone is a magazine sold on the streets of Vancouver by homeless and low-income vendors. Vendors buy the paper for 75 cents and sell the magazine to customers for $2. All money from the transaction goes into the pocket of the vendor.

MOSAIC
MOSAIC is a multilingual non-profit organization dedicated to addressing issues that affect immigrants and refugees in the course of their settlement and integration into Canadian society.

Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood house
"A strong neighbourhood is one in which its members get to know one another, take care of each other, and form bonds that transcend age, race, economic status, language, or physical or mental challenges."

NuYu Tpopular Theatre Project
NuYu is a youth program for immigrant and refugee youth that uses popular theatre as a tool for participants to connect with each other and explore their lives. In the training sessions, we play lots of games, talk about our lives, and create theatre scenes together.

Pathways
Pathways' funding is currently set to be cut by March 2012. It is an information and referral agency in the downtown eastside (DTES) of Vancouver, Pathways Information Centre opened its doors in 2003 as a community-based resource centre that now provides critical services to over 3,000 new people every year. Not your typical employment centre, Pathways employs a holistic approach to serve the needs of DTES residents who face many challenges and who are often chronically unemployed.

PICS (The Progressive Intercultural Community Services )
The Progressive Intercultural Community Services (PICS) Society is a registered non-profit society, charitable organization and United Way member agency that seeks to build a healthy and just society which values all cultures. PICS started as a volunteer based organization in 1987, and has expanded to include offices in Surrey and Vancouver to serve the multicultural community.

Prism Alcohol & Drug Services (VCH)
Prism Alcohol & Drug Services offers counselling and groups for substance-use-affected lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirit and queer people, and for trans people regardless of sexual orientation.

QMUNITY
QMUNITY is BC’s leading queer resource centre. Located on Bute Street in Vancouver’s West End we are a hub for the lesbian, gay, trans, bi and queer community.

Radical Access Mapping Project: Vancouver
Find out more about the Radical Access Mapping Project - and see the available accessibility audits done so far!

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program
The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program increases opportunities for men and women, inside and outside of prison, to have transformative learning experiences that emphasize collaboration and dialogue, inviting participants to take leadership in addressing crime, justice, and other issues of social concern.

The Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of BC (NCCABC)
(NCCABC) provides culturally appropriate services to aboriginal people and communities consistent with their needs. The service is accomplished through access to counselling and referral services to clients with substance abuse and detox support issues; advocacy services for aboriginal family and youth; facilitating and enhancing access to justice by assisting clients involved in the criminal justice system; provides services to Vancouver community court; providing community outreach; networking and partnerships; advocacy services; and providing training and workshops.

The Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC)
(NWAC) is founded on the collective goal to enhance, promote, and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of First Nations and Métis women within First Nation, Métis and Canadian societies. As a national organization representing Aboriginal women since 1974, NWAC’s mandate is to achieve equality for all Aboriginal women in Canada.

The Pacific DisAbled Women’s Network (Pacific DAWN)
Pacific DAWN is a network of self-identified women with all types of disabilities.

Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre (VAFCS)
Since 1963, the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society has been meeting the needs of aboriginal people making a transition to the urban community.

Yes In My Backyard Toolkit
This kit is intended for YIMBYs: people who understand the value of addressing homelessness, addictions, and mental illness in a proactive and positive way through safe and supportive housing, and who want to say “Yes in my backyard!”

YouthCo Aids Society
YouthCO is a social profit agency run by and for youth; all of our programming involves youth providing support and prevention/education services to other youth. We also follow a philosophy of harm reduction which means confronting the realities faced by youth in a non-judgmental manner and providing the information for them to make safer choices in their lives.