5288 Joyce St
Certifications & Awards
- Lead: Collingwood Neighbourhood House Society
- Developer: Concert Properties Inc.
- Funder: City of Vancouver; Government of British Columbia; Government of Canada
Key Sustainability Features
Social Capital and Community Relationship Building
- Promoting citizenship and social sustainability
- Volunteer network of 500
- Improving health of Still Creek
- Revitalization of Renfrew Ravine
- Organic seed swap and composting
Program and Service Delivery
- Food Security Program assisting people to grow and share food, and providing meals to those in need
- Multicultural Services including ESL training and settlement assistance
- Family Services, including childcare and parent-support programs
- Youth Services, such as employment assistance and anti-violence initiatives
- Senior's Services
- Support for Resident Leadership initiatives
- Collaborating with other program and service providers
Arts and Cultural Development
- Beautification of public spaces
- Improving connection between SkyTrain stations and community
The Collingwood Neighbourhood House (CNH) is located in
The mission of the CNH is to provide leadership, programs, and services in response to the social, educational, economic, health, cultural, and recreational needs of residents of Collingwood, and to promote the well-being of residents and the community as a whole. CNH programs and services include: multicultural services, including ESL training and settlement assistance; family services, including childcare and parent-support programs; youth services, such as employment assistance and anti-violence initiatives; and senior’s services.
The values and beliefs of the CNH are focused on self-reliance, cooperation, respect, social justice and equity, citizenship, and diversity.
A Food Security Program was established to help residents to grow and share food. The program includes community gardens, a bi-weekly community breakfast for those in need, and the Grow-a-Row Program, where residents donate produce from their gardens to people with food security issues. With the help of dedicated youth, community volunteers, a local landscape architect and members of CommunitySTUDIO (a service-oriented, community design group from UBC’s Landscape Architecture Program), CNH has created a rooftop vegetable garden.
In addition to social sustainability, the CNH is also concerned with environmental sustainability. The Renfrew Ravine Committee aims to restore the ravine’s natural environment. The CNH is also involved in the revitalization of Still Creek. The CNH actively encourages and develops community leadership through various programs, such as educational gardening seminars that teach residents how to grow and compost organic food, and organic seed swaps are part of the Food Security Program.
In the Collingwood community family programs are very important. These include childcare and parenting assistance services, such as Nobody’s Perfect, and a free program for parents with children up to five years of age. Other major programs include computer courses and resume services, a legal aid program, youth, adult and senior’s programs, aboriginal development projects, and arts and cultural development. Multicultural services, including ESL and the Buddy Program, which matches recently-immigrated students with high school mentors, are also offered.
Tours: While drop-ins are welcome, an appointment is necessary to view the childcare services and the rooftop garden. To view the Collingwood Neighbourhood House at its liveliest, visit week-day and week-end mornings.
This post was imported from the 'Greater Vancouver Green Guide', it's part of the 'Green Guide Portal' to the Green Building Brain.