By sharing a weekly meal together, we build a true sense of family and belonging. Attendees not only enjoy healthy and nutritious meals, but have a chance to sit down together and socialize, build friendships and be a part of a loving family.
Building meaningful and supportive friendships that instill value and worth by having fun together. Join in on a fun night of trivia, a game of Monopoly, Jenga or dominos & enjoy meeting new friends.
We believe cooking and eating together is fun and really helps to ReConnect people and build relationships and friendships, which are so important because of the prominent loneliness and isolation in the DTES which can lead to hopelessness.
Acknowledgements: Chef David Robertson, The Dirty Apron
The purpose of the Super Smoothies program is to create a fun & welcoming environment that promotes social interaction, relationship building and ultimately a place where residents can get to know their neighbors. The smoothies are also a nutritious snack filled with nutrients and vitamins that are often lacking in the diets of our guests.
Currently, this program is run by the Alumni of the Union Gospel Mission Recovery Program, which is very inspiring to our guests. We offer friendship and support in order to diminish loneliness and promote health.
Acknowledgements: Alumni of the Union Gospel Mission Recovery Program
We are fortunate to receive beautifully baked bread from Swiss Bakery, artisanal scones & baked goods from The Dirty Apron & complimentary coffee from Starbucks so we love to have breakfast set out for anyone who would like to start their day in a positive place!
Adding a little love to the most important meal of the day! Daily 8am-10am.
We are so grateful to have local hairstylists volunteer their time and talents to offer complimentary hair cuts & beard trims once a month! We all have a little more pep in our step when we’re lookin’ fresh!
Every month we want to let our members know that we’re happy that they were born, so we will be having a birthday party! BALLOONS, CAKE, CARDS, SINGING, FAMILY & FUN! Our aim is that every person leaves knowing that they are special and loved. This is also a great excuse to get together and have a PARTY!
We enjoy hosting Arts & Crafts sessions with our members. This is a great opportunity to express creativity and have fun. We love to invite artists to teach an art project and also volunteers to host open art drop-in hour. If you would like to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to have you.
Whole Way House is open 7 days a week from 8am-8pm for the tenants of the Avalon Hotel to enjoy at their leisure. We serve 80 cups of free coffee per day and provide snacks when available. Books, games and movies are always available for their use and enjoyment.
By celebrating holidays such as Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas together, we aim to create special family memories with our guests. Holidays can often feel very lonely for residents of the Downtown Eastside and we want to provide a welcoming atmosphere to celebrate together, enjoy a delicious meal and be with friends and family that we love.
As many of our guests were asking for a church service, we now offer support by walking together to nearby Coastal Church Strathcona to attend the Alpha Course for those who are interested in learning more about Christianity and faith.
Acknowledgements: Coastal Church
The Annual Family Picnic in the Park and going to the PNE are examples of great ways to get out of our day to day surroundings and create great memories while having fun and experiencing new things.
We have partnered with schools & training programs to be able to provide complimentary counseling on a weekly basis and group workshops intermittently. Our aim is to offer a support system for the members of Whole Way House and a place where they learn the tools and skills to grow and heal emotionally.
We are very excited to launch our pet therapy program. We will be having puppy play time to start and continue to develop this program throughout the year. We are also hoping to have a fish tank with some great little friends.
Every Sunday a generous group of people drop off sandwiches & juice at Whole Way House. This program is in partnership with Lookout Society and is a great way to reach out to the tenants of the Avalon Hotel and provide a nice lunch.
In an effort to improve quality of life and provide natural beauty, we would like to build a small community garden and patio area on the terrace on the second floor of the Avalon. Thank you to the Home Depot Canada Foundation for your generous sponsorship for this project.
Acknowledgements: Home Depot Canada Foundation