Emergency Funds for Fire Victims

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Donations for Fire Victims 

During the morning of December 20, 2017, residents of the Vancouver Native Housing Society were evacuated due to a building fire at one of our buildings in East Vancouver.

The Society will be accepting monetary donations in support of displaced fire evacuees to assist with emergency costs for temporary shelter, clothing, food, Christmas presents, toiletries and baby supplies.

Monetary donations will be disbursed to tenants based on personal and family needs.

Thank you for all of your generous donations. If you wish to continue donating physical items we will only be accepting NEW and UNUSED items for our tenants. As we have recieved an overwhelming amount of clothing we will not be accepting clothing donations at this time. 

Physical donations can be dropped off anytime at our Kwayatsut building:
                2465 Fraser Street
                Vancouver, BC
                V5T 0E5
                Open 24 hours a day, 7 days per week

Tenants affected by the fire can contact the Main Office or their Property Manager to let us know of their needs, in terms of donations and support.

Any contributions made above $25.00 will be issued a charitable tax receipt in the mail with the request of the donator. 

If you are requesting a charitable tax reciept, please email donations@vnhs.ca with your Full name, Full mailing address and a screenshot of either the email confirmation you recieved for making the donation or another form of verification of donation so we can confirm your identity/donation. 

As our priority is ensuring our tenants are safe and have everything they need, we will not be able to issue tax receipts until the new year. We thank you for your patience. 

VNHS is grateful for all of the generosity and support offered to fire evacuees, from the following agencies:

Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) – for providing wonderful and age appropriate gifts for children and their families.

City Of Vancouver - Emergency Support Services team and the site staff at the temporary accomodations.

Red Cross

Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA)

BC Housing


David Chong

Fire Hall 1/Shfit B/Captain of E1 and Hall 9

Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Society

Sister societies who have offered housing options for fire evacuees - New Chelsea Society, Red Door Society, Sanford Housing Society, Mamelawat Housing Society, Lookout Society

The Butler Did It Catering Services

Army and Navy

Churches Chicken

Pacific Preferred Development (PPD) 

New Beginnings Baptist Church


Surpass Electrical

All caring community members in Vancouver and the Fraser Valley who have donated time, support, clothing and funds to the VNHS mission of providing the affected families with meaningful and valuable supports in our efforts to stabilize the affected families.

About Vancouver Native Housing Society 

Vancouver Native Housing Society provides safe, affordable and accessible housing for indigenous and at risk individuals and families in the Vancouver area. 

For more information please visit our website   www.vnhs.ca
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We will now be closing the GoFundMe page. Thank you to everyone who donated to help support our fire evacuees! We are all extremely grateful.

With your kindness and generosity we have been able to help support all of our tenants during this challenging time.

If you are still interested in making a monetary donation, please email donations@vnhs.ca or give us a call at 604-320-3312 ext 21. and we can further assist you.

For those who have requested a tax receipt: all receipts have been sent out in the mail. If you do not receive your receipt in the next few weeks please contact us at donations@vnhs.ca and we will make sure you get it!
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On December 25th we were able to put on a Christmas Lunch for our displaced tenants. It was so nice to spend some time together, eat, laugh and enjoy each other's company.

Even through these tough times, the love of the community shines through and holds us all up.

We thank The Butler Did It Catering for donating an entire turkey lunch, and everyone who donated money, clothing, gifts, toys and other physical items which helped us provide all of our affected tenants with Christmas gifts!

We also thank our staff who have been working day in and day out for our tenants, and we thank our tenants who have been so strong throughout all of this.
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Huge thank you to the brave fire fighters of Vancouver Firehalls #1 and #9 , their hard work ensured all of our tenants were safe and sound!

And thank you to Pacific Bread Company for quickly putting together some sweet treats for our firefighters!
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Again, Thank you all for the continued support!

Due to the overwhelming generosity and support from the community, and in light of the damage to the building, we have raised our goal to $50,000.00.

We have approximately 50 displaced tenants (families, children and elders) and we are more aware of the financial challenges to replace essential family belongings.

On behalf of the VNHS Board and Staff,
we raise our hands up.
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