First United Church

Homeless shelter clients, staff 'frustrated' with city enforcement

Homeless shelter asks: No room at the inn for Mary and Joseph?

Vision Vancouver councillor introduces motion calling on province to fund emergency shelters this winter

Vision Vancouver Councillor Kerry Jang will move a motion at City Council next week calling on the Provincial Government to provide ongoing funding for the City’s HEAT shelters, reinforcing the...

First United Church, Union Gospel Mission, Citywide Housing Coalition, and Kerry Jang on state of homeless during cold wave

Since the cold snap hit,  First United Church and Union Gospel Mission have each seen an increase in numbers. The number of guests at First United Church increased from around 250 to 300...

Brian Heinrich and the Lutheran Urban Mission Society in Vancouver’s DTES

This is part one in a three part series...

Grounded TV profiles Paint Your Faith Vancouver, Peeta, Faith 47, Indigo, and Titi Freak

Brought to you by Wondercafe.ca and First United Church, the Paint Your Faith project  hit the city of Vancouver with a 13’ x 130’ mural at 55-57 W. Hastings Street, across from...

What does faith mean to you?

As humans, we are a magnificent complexity made up of many dimensions of energy. One of these dimensions has been called many names: Creator, the Great Mystery, the spirits, the sacred, all that is,...

Four exceptional artists collaborated to create a new mural for the Downtown Eastside

On April 28, 2010, at a press conference in which Reverend Ric Matthews announced plans to build a $31 million home for the homeless on the First United Church site at Gore and Hastings Street in...

First United uses mural in Downtown Eastside to launch new initiative

First United Church will use the completion of an East Hastings street mural to launch an exciting new Initiative. "This is the time for bold and courageous leadership to address homelessness and we...

Haida Totem Pole Dedication at First United Church in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

First United Church is called “home” by a diverse community of over 250 people from the downtown eastside. A new symbol of faith has appeared there. It is a traditional Haida totem pole unveiled as...

Stand to End Homelessness Now: “Share the Gold” Campaign

Ric Matthews of First United Church spoke eloquently at the rally for a National Housing Program at the Vancouver Art Gallery this past Sunday. This interview with Ric gives a more detailed look into...