Vancouver based The Kettle Friendship Society is a non-profit organization that provides housing, support services as well as employment services annually to 3,600 people. The Kettle provides a mental health drop-in centre, a transition house for women, an onsite medical clinic, 26 programs and more than 200 units of supported housing.
The Kettle drop-in centre is open 365 days a year and offers a women’s lounge, hot showers, laundry facilities, a tuck shop, a clothing store, a computer room, recreational activities, cooking classes and special events. There were more than 45,000 participants in the centre’s life skills training and leisure social-recreational activities last year and they served more than 22,000 meals to 2,500 individuals, including holidays.
These services are possible only with the help of partners, including local family owned developer Boffo Properties. As a neighbour of The Kettle, Boffo Properties has supported The Kettle over the past few years, through donations in-kind and fundraising events.
Today, Boffo Properties is helping The Kettle address an urgent need for more space, including housing to accommodate increasing demand for community services. That includes plans for an expanded facility at 1725 Venables Street, given their nearby drop-in centre exceeded its capacity since opening 13 years ago. More space means more room to store donations, meet with clients on sensitive issues, and to simply sit down and have a meal. More space will also be used to highlight cultural contributions of Kettle clients, such as an art show or a music group.
The expansion means The Kettle will be able to better serve the community and further contribute to the well being of those in need. The goal is to build a new market residential and commercial component that will finance The Kettle facility, including its non-market supportive residential units, at no cost to taxpayers.
Any future redevelopment will contain a mix of much needed non-market and market housing, with a careful eye on design to sensitively accommodate both needs.
“Looking ahead, The Kettle will participate in the City of Vancouver’s upcoming community planning process for the Grandview-Woodland area and explore their plans for expansion in conjunction with the community plan.
For more information on the society and why the expansion of its drop-in facility is so important, visit The Kettle Friendship Society website.
And to learn more about the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan process visit the City of Vancouver website http://vancouver.ca/home-property-development/grandview-woodland-community-plan.aspx