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Community Ministry

The Community Ministry oversees advocacy and outreach services for the community surrounding Wilson Heights United Church.

For dates and times of scheduled programs, see the events calendar.

Community Advocacy
Seniors Ministry
Community Meal and Food Drawer
Community Garden
Other Programs and Services

Community Advocacy

The Advocacy Program at Wilson Heights is part of the congregation's commitment to fighting poverty, hunger, and loneliness in our community.

The service is provided in partnership with the Vancouver-South Presbytery of the United Church of Canada. Our advocacy services are provided, free of charge or obligation, to the community at large.

All services provided by an Advocate are completely confidential.

Advocacy is an invaluable service for people who cannot afford lawyers, yet must resolve legal matters, such as residential tenancy evictions, welfare appeals, and applications for CPP and other benefits, which require familiarity with the law, government bureaucracies, and community social services.

It is the Advocate's job to promote your interests. No matter is too large or too small. And if the Advocates can 't help you, chances are that they know who can.

One Community Advocate at Wilson Heights has office hours three days a week, while a second Advocate is available on Fridays only. To book an appointment with an Advocate, call 604-325-9944, Extension 225.

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Seniors Ministry

The Wilson Heights community includes an active group of seniors that meets monthly to plan programs and outings. In the past, these have included luncheons, guest speakers, singing, and trips to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Gardens, the Planetarium, and Steveston.

Community Meal and Food Drawer

Wilson Heights United Church members and volunteers provide a hearty meal free of charge monthly, on Thursday evenings. We also maintain a small supply of emergency food items for those who come to the church in need.

Community Garden

Behind the church building, there are six individual plots and a larger, shred plot for those who wish to plant a garden. From the shared plot, we draw much produce for donating to First United Church Mission and for offering to those in need in the neighbourhood. The children of the congregation also have a plot that they plant and nurture.

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Other Community Programs

The Community Ministry also oversees the following:

Social Justice Group – Meets monthly over a potluck lunch to discuss social justice concerns. The group also participates in actions related to these concerns.

Partnership with First United Church – Makes regular donations of food, clothing, and money to First United Church Mission, a community serving residents of the Downtown Eastside.

Refugee Committee – Supports families newly landed in Canada. The committee is currently supporting a family from Afghanistan.

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