Whole Way House - Building Healthy Communities in Housing

Whole Way House provides community building programs and tenant support services to low-income seniors, veterans, families and vulnerable residents to build healthy community in non-profit housing. 

We partner with landlords to help reduce the risk of homelessness, increase quality of life and rebuild a sense of belonging.

We currently operate in the Downtown Eastside, across Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey.

  • Vancouver Sun: New Pilot Project Brings Activities and Support to Isolated Low-Income Seniors
  • Sept 9, 2022
“I think Whole Way House came as a lifeline to many, many residents,” said Jen Evans, the agency’s team lead and tenant support worker at Granville House. “We replace the family that some of them don’t have.”

There are thousands of low-income seniors living independently in non-profit housing units in B.C., but most do not come with support. Some lose their homes as they age because they don’t have anyone to help them organize financial affairs, keep their places clean, or stay healthy, said Jenny Konkin, Whole Way House president.

“When they moved in, they were able to live independently, but as they’re aging they might be losing some of those abilities. But there’s no system in place to support them, and so we saw seniors were falling through the cracks,” she said.

FULL ARTICLE HERE

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.

How we work

ReConnect by building meaningful relationships where we can combat loneliness and isolation in a safe and supportive community
ReBuild a sense of belonging and purpose through opportunities to contribute, education and training
ReCenter around a meaningful and purposeful life through one on one tenant support services and connecting to community resources

who

Whole Way House is a registered Canadian charity serving vulnerable seniors and veterans who are facing marginalization, disabilities, addiction issues and/or mental health issues in the Downtown Eastside. It was co-founded by Jenny and Josh Konkin in 2013.

what

Our vision is to serve vulnerable residents by creating a safe and welcoming environment where we can build meaningful relationships and a community that instills worth, value and dignity.

why

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.

Whole Way House is Hiring!

Do you have a heart to serve and a strong work ethic to go with it?
Are you kind and compassionate?
Do you want to make a difference in your community?
Do you want to be a part of a dynamic team?

We are always looking for great people to join our team! Full Time and Part Time Positions Available:

Job Description Program & Tenant Support Coordinator (Cantonese/Mandarin Fluency)

Job Description Program & Tenant Support Coordinator – Team Lead

Make an impact! Support those who are vulnerable and marginalized and help build a healthy community. Please email your resume and cover letter to inquiries@wholewayhouse.ca

📣Our BIG ANNOUNCEMENT 📣

It’s finally time to share that we are expanding… Like A LOT!!!
Starting April 1 we will be expanding our community building programs and support services into 8 (yes EIGHT) buildings to support low income seniors, veterans, vulnerable residents with disabilities, those in transition from recovery, homelessness and incarceration, as well as FAMILIES and single moms and we want you to be a part of it!!
In order for us to make long-term, lasting changes, we believe in building healthy communities, from the inside out!
Your donation will provide vital supplies like:
•Welcome Home Care Packages (sheets, pillows, kitchen essentials)
•Games and kids toys
•Essential home and hygiene items
• Safe transportation to banks and medical appointments
•Snacks, Family Meals, Birthday Cakes and more!!!
With you as our partner, we can make a difference in the lives of hundreds of people and make this a year of hope!

Would you join us in our campaign to raise $222,000 in 2022? Make your donation today and let’s see what we can do in 2022!

Housing Partnerships

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We partner with non-profit housing organizations to provide on-site programs and support services

Veterans Manor (VMHS)

Low-income housing for senior and veteran men at risk of homelessness in the DTES
In partnership with BC Housing

601 East Hastings (UGM)

Two year transitional, abstinence-based housing for vulnerable residents after recovery in the DTES
In partnership with Union Gospel Mission

Maurice McElrea Place (UGM)

Permanent, affordable, abstinence-based housing for vulnerable residents after recovery and/or with disabilities in the DTES
In partnership with Union Gospel Mission

Alexander House (AHS)

Affordable housing for low-income seniors in the DTES
In partnership with BC Housing and Coastal Church

Chelsea Tower (NCS)

Affordable housing for low-income seniors in Mount Pleasant
In partnership with BC Housing

Chelsea Terrace (NCS)

Affordable housing for low-income seniors in Burnaby
In partnership with BC Housing

Granville House (AHS)

Affordable housing for low-income seniors in Vancouver (Granville Bridge)
In partnership with BC Housing and Coastal Church

The Orchard (UGM)

Permanent, affordable, townhouses for low-income families and single moms in Surrey
In partnership with Union Gospel Mission
Hear from the residents about the impact our community building programs and tenant support services are making in their lives and in their homes.

President named Top 40 under 40

We are excited and extremely proud to announce that our very own Whole Way House President Jenny Konkin is a winner of Business in Vancouver’s 2018 Forty under 40 Awards! 

Jenny has had a tremendous impact on the Vancouver community by working tirelessly to help vulnerable adults to feel more connected and less lonely in our city.

Jenny has an astounding entrepreneurial spirit and she uses these gifts to benefit the at-risk and vulnerable adults in our own backyard. Jenny constantly does more, with less, by being resourceful, strategic and employing sheer tenacity. She has the qualities of a true leader.

Join us in congratulating our strong and committed leader as she received this impressive recognition from the business community! Read her full story below.

(Every year Business in Vancouver highlights the achievements of BC’s young entrepreneurs, executives and professionals by finding 40 outstanding professionals worthy of the Forty under 40 distinction.)

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

Get involved

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

Sponsorship

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.

Donate

All donations go directly to funding our programs and activities. All donations will receive a charitable donations receipt.

Volunteer

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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