Can art & artists fight stigma against mental illness – Yes they can!
View our new video featuring Kettle artists – their work will be at Art Against Stigma, Nov 17-20. Opening night is Thurs, 5-7pm. Thanks to the artists & Ken Friss the filmmaker!
Thanks to Chris Wheeler for producing this fabulous Kettle Society 40th Anniversary Video
Listen to Nancy Keough on the Bill Goode show September 24th speaking about the need for The Kettle Center’s expansion (scroll to the 7.25 minute mark).
The Kettle Friendship Society – Video
The Kettle Friendship Society – Slideshow
After Hours — Patrice Leslie with Nancy Keough Part 1
After Hours — Patrice Leslie with Nancy Keough Part 2
Here is a copy of an article as it appeared in The Province newspaper
Streetohome breaks ground in Vancouver to build 141 apartment complex for the homeless
April 12, 2012
Vancouver’s homeless problem is on the road to improvement, partly through the work of Streetohome Foundation. Representatives from the provincial and city governments were on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony in the 1000-block Burrard Street this week. When completed in July 2013, the 16-storey building will contain 141 apartments for homeless adults and youth while providing a range of services to help them permanently get out of shelters and off the streets. The Burrard project is one of eight the foundation has on the go, Streetohome president and CEO Dick Vollat told The Province on Thursday. Four of the eight projects are in various stages of construction. “Burrard Street is one we are really excited about because it’s addressing youth homelessness, which has increased since the last homeless count,” said Vollat. “There are 30 beds there specifically just for youth.”
Family Services of Greater Vancouver and the Kettle Friendship Society will manage the building jointly.”Family Services will run the youth drop-in centre,” said Vollat. The bottom two floors of the building will house Directions Youth Services Centre, which will provide a wide array of services.It will also include a Vancouver School Board learning centre. “They have a really nice support network for the kids so they can actually get out of the cycle of homelessness,” said Vollat. “The last Metro [Vancouver] homeless count that was done in 2011 showed that there was roughly a 29-per-cent increase in youth homelessness [from 2008]. “I think when we start seeing these housing units open, and we start seeing them getting populated, we’ll have a better idea of how we are impacting the youth homelessness,” said Vollat.
The Kettle Friendship Society will provide the majority of the tenants, adults, with access to group and individual support, training on household management and meal preparation, and skills training in money management and community living.
The Streetohome Foundation was created by the Vancouver Foundation, in partnership with BC Housing, an arm of the provincial government, and the city of Vancouver. “This is the tenth project to break ground under an agreement between the province and the city of Vancouver to build 14 new social housing developments on city-owned sites to reduce homelessness in Vancouver,” said a press release on the BC Housing website.
Regarding 1134 Burrard, it said, “The province will provide approximately $28 million in construction financing, annual operational funding for support services and $2.5 million for the construction of the youth centre. “The City of Vancouver provided the land, valued at approximately $6.3 million, and will waive municipal fees and development cost charges. “In addition, Streetohome Foundation provided $2.8 million towards this project,” said the release.
Housing Minister Rich Coleman said, “ Burrard Street brings us another step closer to reducing homelessness and helping people create new opportunities to change their lives.”
Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said, “Ending street homelessness by 2015 remains a crucial goal for the city of Vancouver, and we’ve made good progress in recent years with an 82-per-cent reduction in street homelessness since 2008. “This project at 1134 Burrard is a great example of how our partnerships with the province and groups like the Kettle Friendship Society are creating vital new supportive housing for many of Vancouver’s most vulnerable citizens,” Robertson said in the release.