COVID-19 PANDEMIC RESPONSE PLAN
VOLUNTEERS: We are currently updating our volunteer program for our MEAL DELIVERY PROGRAM – please stay tuned and check back.
In this time of uncertainty, we feel it is important to provide support and care to our vulnerable seniors in a positive environment in an effort to comfort and educate those who may be experiencing fear or panic.
We are writing to keep you informed that we’re following the COVID-19 developments very closely as our seniors with complex health issues are at higher risk of becoming ill. We continue to monitor the latest advice from our provincial and federal health agencies, and want you to know that we have plans in place to ensure best practices and protocols are being used.
Our number one priority is the health and well-being of our elderly residents and our team.
We have implemented additional measures to ensure their safety as well as the safety of our team, including:
- Introducing enhanced cleaning protocols, with particular focus on high traffic and high contact areas.
- Offering food delivery service to all residents to encourage social isolation
- Continuing to be a positive presence throughout this time
- Increasing communications and reminders with our residents, partners and employees on important health and safety measures.
Our Seniors & Veterans:
Although we will be making some adjustments, we are committed to caring for our seniors, so we will make extra efforts to let them know that we are here for them, we are supporting them and we will assist them during this difficult time. We will continue to visit them, educate them and provide vital services to them. We will work together as a team to spread love, not germs!
Thank you for your continued support during this time – we are believing for the best for our seniors and veterans and your thoughts, prayers and support are much appreciated.
President & Co-Founder
This year we have added a bi-weekly Breakfast Club at the Veterans Manor to promote good health and nutrition as well as increased social interaction in the mornings.
Our ReConnect, ReBuild and ReCenter programs are always growing as we evolve with the needs of our community. Please visit the Volunteers page if you would like to see a live calendar of our current programs.
We are hiring a part time Program Coordinator:
We are seeking to hire a part time Program Coordinator to plan and deliver community building programs to vulnerable seniors and veterans who are at risk of homelessness in the Downtown Eastside. They will recruit and coordinate volunteers, engage residents in programs and keep excellent data records. Our Program Coordinator will work closely with the Tenant Support Worker to help residents access the local community resources they need.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
- Set up and facilitation of programs (daily, weekly, monthly, special)
- Liaise with other mental health and health care providers, physicians, community workers, landlords and family members on behalf of clients
- Take inventory and coordinate supply orders
- General office and van cleaning
- Hosting and coordinating volunteers and partner organizations for programs
- Developing respectful and trusting relationships with clients
- Work collaboratively in a team and with partner agencies
- Linking clients to tenant support services
- Providing a safe space for guidance and support for the residents, including engaging them in participating in programs and accessing resources available to them
- Keeping up to date and accurate records regarding resident and program data, progress, success, feedback and potential development
- Assisting the Manager with organizing and coordinating, workshops, fundraisers and special events
Assets and experience:
- University degree and/or Community College Diploma in social services or related field an asset (but not required)
- Experience in community mental health, mental health and crisis intervention an asset
- Experience working with homeless individuals preferred
- Valid Class 5 driver’s license preferred (not required).
- Proficient use of Microsoft Office and Google Drive.
- Ability to work independently; self-motivated and disciplined. Ability to work with a team, cooperative, contribution-oriented.
Email cover letter and resumé to email@example.com
Each Legacy Chain is handstamped by someone transitioning out of homelessness and/or recovery programs and all of the proceeds go to support our community building programs for vulnerable seniors and veterans at Whole Way House.
It was inspired by Co-Founders, Jenny & Josh’s dad, Ron Konkin and his journey with terminal cancer. When he was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma, he said 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.
Whole Way House Society serves the residents of the Veterans Manor at 310 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC by providing Community Building Programs as well as one on one tenant support to 133 marginalized seniors and Veterans living in the Downtown Eastside.
In May of 2017, Whole Way House was proud to partner with the Veterans Memorial Housing Society through funding generously provided by BC Housing to provide the Supportive Housing Services at the Veterans Manor. Because of this partnership, we are able to receive new tenants from the Supportive Housing Registry waitlist, provide support and access to vital resources, as well as a safe and welcoming community.
The Veterans Manor was built in 1986 in response to the housing crisis during Expo ’86 and many Veterans were being evicted. It is owned and operated by the Veterans Memorial Housing Society, has 133 units (mix of single room with 2 piece bath and full bachelor suites), a beautiful rooftop garden and outdoor courtyard and 24/7 reception staff for security.
More info at the Veterans Manor website.
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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
The Daily Hive provides an in-depth feature of recent events and projects at Whole Way Hous, including Family Dinner, Monthly Hair Cuts, the “I Get To” Legacy Chain, UGM Alumni Super Smoothies, Emergency Medical Training, Family Birthday Parties, Art Sessions with Gerrard and the upcoming annual Family Picnic in the Park.
Source: Daily Hive Vancouver