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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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

It can take courage to step out and receive something from someone else. It can often take time before our guests feel comfortable enough to join us for Family Dinner, Games Night or even a hair cut but with gentle encouragement and consistent open invitations, we see residents come out of their shells and join in the community. We are so grateful for our loyal volunteers who show love time and time again and help us build a family here. #showlove #unconditionallove #reconnect #rebuild #recenter #community #dtes #vancouver #vancity #volunteers #givingback

Whole Way House
January 16, 2017

Sunday suppers๐Ÿด & dirty aprons ๐Ÿฅ˜ with #chefdavidrobertson at the @dirty_apron #cookingclub #rebuild #community #lifeskills #accomplishment #greatfriends

Whole Way House
January 15, 2017

King of the castle ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿถ #tobypinnedjake #puppytime #dogsbringjoy #puppylove #unconditionallove #goodtimes #vancouver #dtes #showlove #community #gamesnight

Whole Way House
January 13, 2017


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.

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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. โ€” 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.

Breakfast Television

How The Whole Way House Is Changing Lives

August 24, 2016

Breakfast Television host Riaz Mehgi sits down with Whole Way House Co-Founder Jenny Konkin and Kris to discuss the "I Get To" program and how it empowers members of the Downtown Eastside community to work creatively with their hands, while building confidence, skills, value and purpose in their lives.

Source: Breakfast Television

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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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