How The Kettle Society started…

When the Riverview Hospital downsized in 1970, many people living with mild to severe mental health issues were left without resources and support in the community. In response to this, a group of 20 individuals prepared a brief addressing the need to develop a support service for people who were, or had been, receiving psychiatric treatment in the community.

The mandate of this group was to provide support as a complement to existing treatment facilities by attempting to enrich lives, broaden personal and social horizons, and encourage participation in community life. Since 1976, the contributions of hundreds of members, board of directors, staff, volunteers, and community partners helped to create The Kettle Society.

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  • 1976

    The Kettle is formed

    The Kettle is formed

    January 23, 1976
  • 1977

    First Centre opened at 944 Commercial Drive

    First Centre opened at 944 Commercial Drive

    January 23, 1977
  • 1988

    Centre moved to 1993 Commercial Drive

    Centre moved to 1993 Commercial Drive

    January 23, 1988
  • 1989

    Kettle acquired four unstaffed homes to offer supportive housing

    Kettle acquired four unstaffed homes to offer supportive housing

    January 23, 1989
  • 1994

    Purchased a building for the new Centre (an old egg factory)

    Purchased a building for the new Centre (an old egg factory)

    January 23, 1994
  • 1996

    The new Drop-In Centre opened at 1725 Venables Street

    The new Drop-In Centre opened at 1725 Venables Street

    January 23, 1996
  • 1997

    Opened Peggy’s Place, Canada’s first 10-bed transition home for women

    Opened Peggy’s Place, Canada’s first 10-bed transition home for women

    January 23, 1997
    http://www.thekettle.ca/what-we-do/supportive-housing/
  • 2000

    Homeless Outreach Program created

    Homeless Outreach Program created

    January 23, 2000
  • 2001

    Supported Employment program (SEED) created

    Supported Employment program (SEED) created

    January 23, 2001
  • 2003

    First Art Against Stigma art show

    First Art Against Stigma art show

    January 23, 2003
  • 2008

    First Kettle Camping Trip

    First Kettle Camping Trip

    January 23, 2008
  • 2014

    Kettle on Burrard opened

    Kettle on Burrard opened

    January 23, 2014
  • 2016

    The Kettle celebrates 40th anniversary

    The Kettle celebrates 40th anniversary

    January 23, 2016
  • 2017

    ID Bank opened

    ID Bank opened

    January 23, 2017
  • 2018

    Kettle Choir performs in first ever professional opera piece, Requiem for a Lost Girl

    Kettle Choir performs in first ever professional opera piece, Requiem for a Lost Girl

    January 23, 2018
  • 2019

    Kettle programs serve nearly 5,000 people, almost 26,000 meals annually, and provides support for over 400 housing units

    Kettle programs serve nearly 5,000 people, almost 26,000 meals annually, and provides support for over 400 housing units

    January 23, 2019

Why “The Kettle”?

The newly formed group of volunteers needed to come up with a name. While tea was being prepared, the members brainstormed, shouting out ideas. “Kettle!” Someone yelled, to indicate that the water was boiling on the stove.

After the ideas were gathered, the suggestions were read back. Much to everyone’s amusement, “Kettle” made the list. Upon further reflection, the volunteers realized that a kettle was the perfect symbol. In a culture where so much revolves around socializing over a cup of coffee or tea, it represented exactly what the group was about: friendship, caring, family, belonging, and sharing.

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Through The Kettle’s development, its core principles and philosophy haven’t changed. They’ve kept an ongoing commitment to the clients and the community it stands for..”

– SEED worker

Vulnerable people need our help.

COVID-19’s global outbreak has impacted all of our lives. It’s been devastating for each vulnerable person who doesn’t have a warm place to self-isolate, a safe place to sleep, family to support them or a hot meal.

Your compassion can transform the lives of people living with mental illness, substance use, poverty, and/or homelessness. Your support will provide life-changing services to people at their most vulnerable moments.

They need us now more than ever.

We promise to honor your generosity and use your donation in the most effective way possible.
Please use the secure form below or connect with us via email at give@thekettle.ca to donate.

$35

provides new socks & blankets for five vulnerable people.

$240

or $20/per month

provides six healthcare workers with the goggles, disposable gown & mask they need.

$50

provides one month of free showers for one vulnerable person.

$500

or $42/per month

provides someone who is at-risk of homelessness with temporary accommodation.

$120

provides one day of food for thirty malnourished people

$1,500

or $125/per month

provides fifty hygiene kits (that provide vital necessities) for our homeless outreach.