First United is situated ay 320 East Hastings, Vancouver B. C. It has been serving the downtown eastside for over 100 years.
The mission to-day is a place for the addict, the mentally and socially challenged and the homeless. At the Mission they receive physical, emotional and social support. This includes sleeping in the pews during the day, having a shower, receiving free clean clothes and food. The staff is assisted by volunteers from the Churches and community in the Lower Mainland.
We at North Lonsdale United help in the following ways:
We supply canned and dry food. There is a bulletin board in the front Narthex which lists the food they would appreciate as a donation. If it is inconvenient to bring food. There is a glass jar on the table with the name First United .This is for donations of money which is spent on cases of food. Any amount will be gratefully received.
Sandwich making takes place once a month. Our Congregation makes 20 loaves filled with protein. This usually takes place on the 3rd. Tuesday of every month. We start at 9am.and complete the job by 10:30. This is a great way to start the day. If you are interested please contact Frances McKilligan at 604-980-2151 or Kay Furniss at 604- 929-4585.
Once a month we travel to First United to help serve a meal to approximately 150 needy people. This is a great experience to see and feel what goes on at the Mission. You may volunteer once or whatever suits your schedule. Please call Ann McBride 604 929-1837.
We collect used supplies for men and women. This would include clothing, towels, bedding, socks, underwear, razors, sweaters, blankets, sleeping bags, backpacks, jeans, jackets, coats, gloves, warm hats, running shoes, boots, work clothes. Any item in good condition is appreciated. There is also a need for shaving cream, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, band-aids, large laundry detergent. Please deposit these items in the downstairs top cupboard next to the stairs. Other items are welcome such as books and magazines.
The Mission is always in need of money. A tax receipt will be issued for donations of $10 or more. Please make cheque payable to United Church Mission and mail to 320 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, B. C. V6A 1P4. or hand them to Frances McKilligan.
Visit on line www.firstunited.ca