Shelter to Home

Shelter to Home
Highlands United Church provides furniture and household items to North Shore people transitioning from homelessness to independent living. To donate furniture and household items in good condition, call (778) 331-8465.

Shelter to Home began in 2008 in response to a request from the outreach worker at the North Shore Lookout Homeless Shelter. Tom had left the shelter and was living in a rooming house with absolutely nothing, and with no money to buy items needed to make his room into a home. An appeal to the Highlands United Church choir resulted in “Tom’s” room being furnished with a bed, easy chair, dresser, bookcase, bedding, dishes and cutlery, pots and pans, a kettle, a toaster and coffee pot. A few days later another client asked for help. And so Shelter to Home was born.

Each year the program assists about 100 clients, most of whom have not returned to the Shelter.

As the word spread, clients have come to Highlands from the Canadian Mental Health Association, Harvest Project, Goodman House, Sage House, a BC government program called Moving Forward, the social workers of Lions Gate Hospital and BC Housing. Donations from individuals and grants help to cover the cost of a storage facility, furniture pick-up and delivery.

How can you help?

Donate items in good condition, including:

  • beds
  • dressers
  • bedside tables
  • couches
  • loveseats
  • chairs
  • coffee tables
  • end tables
  • kitchen tables and chairs
  • TVs and stands
  • lamps
  • linens
  • pillows
  • dishes
  • cutlery
  • coffee pots
  • kettles
  • toasters
  • pots and pans
  • hotplates
  • kitchen utensils
  • towels
  • wastebaskets
  • anything else needed to set up an apartment

For details on donations to the Shelter to Home program, click here (pdf-sm111KB PDF). Read the North Shore News article to find out more.

If you’d like to help by making a financial donation to help cover the cost of storage and moving, it would be greatly appreciated. Cheques should be payable to Highlands United Church and designated Shelter to Home.

If you’d like to volunteer to:

  • develop and maintain a website
  • help with assessing, transporting and sorting donations
  • monitor our donation phone line
  • work with outreach workers and clients

We’d love to have your assistance! Contact Ruth Kershaw to find out how you can help.