Compassion. Community. Connection.

Whole Way House is dedicated to creating a safe and welcoming environment where we can build meaningful relationships and a community that instills worth, value and dignity.

Special Announcement: Coastal Church is currently matching all donations! Support Whole Way House programs today and see your donation doubled.
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4th Annual Family Picnic In The Park

4th Annual Family Picnic In The Park

Prospect Point Picnic Area at Stanley Park
August 28, 2016 ❤️ 5:00 - 7:30pm

We will have games like bocce and soccer, and a silent auction fundraiser. We encourage people to bring a blanket or lawn chairs, as well as their friends for a fun family picnic in the park. Earls will be cooking up their famous BBQ ribs, burgers, coleslaw, corn on the cob and even slicing up some juicy watermelon!

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Help us ReConnect, ReBuild and ReCenter in the Downtown Eastside. Support our community programs: Family Dinner, Games Night, Hair Cuts, onsite Workshops & Counselling, Art Sessions, and more.

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The I Get To Legacy Chain

June 6, 2016

Each uniquely hand-stamped necklace helps ReBuild confidence, value and dignity by providing a low-barrier, part-time job to a Whole Way House member and supports our Community Programs while honouring the I Get To Legacy left by Co-Founders Jenny & Josh's father, Ron Konkin.

When Co-Founders, Jenny & Josh's dad Ron Konkin was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he changed his perspective from "I have to" to "I get to" and these necklaces are a great reminder to leave a legacy of gratitude and generosity.

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happening right now

Happy August Long Weekend everyone! Hope you get some sunshine ☀️, family time ❤️, and maybe even some park time ⚽️🏈 Here's a great memory from #WWHFamilyPicnic - we hope we'll see you at Stanley Park on Aug 28 with Earls Restaurants on the grill, games and prizes for the whole family and an awesome Silent Auction fundraiser with prizes from Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel The Westin Bayshore Mary Konkin Photography Nita Lake Lodge Army and Navy Ask for Luigi and so many more!

Whole Way House
July 30, 2016

Woohoo! Thank you Nita Lake Lodge in Whistler for your generous donation for our Silent Auction at Family Picnic in the Park! Don't miss out- tickets are by donation at we'd love to see you there! #WWHFamilyPicnic #silentauction #givingback #fundraiser #staycation #getaway

Whole Way House
July 26, 2016

David Jung sent us this photo to show us what he did with his "I Get To" Legacy Chain! Love it- such a creative and personal twist! What do you think? #igetto #leavealegacy #support #dtes #community #vancouver You can always order your Legacy Chain at and all of the proceeds will go to support our community programs, while providing work for someone in the Downtown Eastside.

Whole Way House
July 24, 2016


Whole Way House is a Vancouver-based charitable society serving the residents of the Avalon Hotel. It was co-founded by Jenny, Josh and Mary Konkin.


Our vision is to reach the people in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside by creating a safe and welcoming environment where we can build meaningful relationships and a community that instills worth, value and dignity.


We believe that when a person feels loved and valued, they are able to find purpose in life and be a part of something greater. We offer friendship and support to those who are often lonely, isolated, rejected and forgotten.

Learn more about the history and people behind Whole Way House.

Our story

Jenny Konkin, President & Co-Founder of Whole Way House

We had so many big ideas of how we were going to save the Downtown Eastside and fix all the problems! We thought if we could just get enough clothes and food, everything would be fine. But when we got here, what we really saw were issues of loneliness and isolation. — Jenny

our mission is to

ReConnect with people by building meaningful relationships

ReBuild a sense of community, belonging and purpose through education and training

ReCenter around a meaningful and purposeful life through a re-integrative clean-housing support system

get involved

There are several ways to support the many programs and activities that take place at Whole Way House!


We rely on the generousity of local businesses to support our programs. Learn more about how your organization can sponsor a program at Whole Way House.

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All donations go directly to funding our programs and activities. Donations over $25 will receive a charitable donations receipt immediately upon payment.

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Volunteers are the life blood of any non-profit organization! Find out how you can get involved as a volunteer and make a meaningful difference in our community.

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in the news

We're thrilled to have our stories featured in media outlets across the lower mainland, and even beyond! A complete archive of Whole Way House in the media is available here.

Vancouver Courier

Cooking class puts empowerment at top of menu

December 8, 2015

Naoibh O'Connor from the Vancouver Courier chronicles Chef David Robertson's and Whole Way House's cooking class for residents of a SRO in the DTES.

Source: Naoibh O'Connor, Vancouver Courier

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Restoring Dignity To Those On The Downtown Eastside

August 20, 2015

Alumni Kris sits down on the BT couch with Whole Way House Co-Founder Jenny Konkin and host Riaz Mehgi to share his touching story of feeling important and accepted for the very first time in his life.

Source: CityTV

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