Christmas For A Cause is a benefit Christmas concert that raises both funds and awareness for homelessness in Vancouver. Now in it's 7th year, CFC has raised over 15,000$ that has been split between First United and Union Gospel Mission. This website is for anyone who can't attend the concert but still wants to donate to the cause. Every penny counts and every single cent raised will be donated to our charities. Please feel free to donate as much or as little as you'd like.
We've been so blessed by your kindness in the past years and we are so grateful for the differences you've made in the lives of those who live in our lower east side.
Amanda and Joel
First United Church Community Ministry Society is an inner-city ministry committed at its heart to the struggle for social justice, offering programs of advocacy, hospitality, housing and healing in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
With a staff of seventy, and the assistance of numerous volunteers, First United provides low-barrier, essential services and programs to the most vulnerable and multi-barriered population of Vancouver. We do so within a framework of four pillars:
· Social justice—legal and systemic advocacy, education/practicums
· Hospitality—free meals, clothing, personal care services, harm reduction, office services
· Housing—shelter, affordable/supported apartments, bin and cart storage, referrals
· Healing—pastoral /spiritual care, support groups, First Nations ministry
We are a sanctuary, a place of rest, replenishment and support for all who walk through our doors. Our ministry cares for and supports the whole person within this four pillars framework. Our philosophy is to accept people where they are at and assist them in making the changes they want in their lives. Our work is to make hope possible.
Union Gospel Mission
UGM is an urban relief organization based in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. With seven locations throughout Metro Vancouver and the city of Mission, UGM is positioned to help those who need it most. The heart of the Mission is to demonstrate God’s transforming love, ease the burden of the most vulnerable, rebuild the lives of the broken and offer dignity to those who feel cast aside.