It’s not just what we do at church. It’s about what we do outside of church, too. How do we live our lives to bring justice to our community, peace to the world?
Highlands is committed to concerns outside of the immediate congregation.
Locally, this means working in partnership with community organizations – keeping informed of the needs of other organizations in North Vancouver, providing volunteers and financial support where appropriate. We are involved in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside community through—
We have ongoing partnerships with—
Highlands is active in the community—the Edgemont community, the North Shore community, the Downtown Eastside. From teaching ESL to new Canadians to making dinner at the North Shore Lookout Shelter, Highlands is at work.
Edgemont Business Association
Highlands is an active member of this association and we are represented at their meetings by Betty Chapin. We are a full sponsor of all Village events, and host one Friday evening Summer Concert in Edgemont Village, as well as the annual Light Up the Village event that heralds the beginning of Christmas!
Capilano Community Services Society
Capilano Community Services Society (CCSS) is a registered non-profit society serving the three municipalities on the North Shore. CCSS serves a large number of North Shore residents through targeted outreach
- Youth Programs,
- Seniors’ Hub Programs, and
- the Red Cross Health Equipment Loan Program.
Several people in the Highlands congregation serve on the CCSS Board, which keeps a close link to the Highlands congregation. CCSS has offered us the use of their 15-passenger bus for some of our events and we are very grateful for their generosity.
The WISH Drop-In Centre Society is a registered non-profit society operated by women for the exclusive use of female survival sex workers. WISH offers up to 120 women each night—
- nutritious, hot meals
- showering facilities
- make-up items
- hygiene items
- on-site nursing care
- referrals to detox, treatment and shelters
Developmental Disabilities Association
Through the work of our Flea Market we have a strong connection with the Developmental Disabilities Association, which comes to the church to pick up items weekly throughout the year and after our annual Flea Market sale every fall.
The church building, with its many rooms large and small, allows us to reach out to groups and provide meeting space for many organizations whose goals are in line with our vision. Some of these groups include:
- Steady Feet
- Mood Disorder
- Grief Recovery
- Tai Chi