History and Growth

 

Partners in Hope grew out of the vision God gave to the founder to give witness to “Immanuel — God is with us” among individuals society classes as worthless, expendable, or useless. As we have come together God has taught all of us more about His unconditional love for us, our value and purpose in God’s plan, and God’s commitment to be with us always and to help us overcome any problems with His power and wisdom.
Stories abound — some we’re happy to tell and some we’re glad are being forgotten as we move forward as individuals and as a people together.  Here are some brief highlights of our development:

  • Summer, 1994 — Elsie Quick begins informal outreach work among street prostitutes, addicts, and prison population in Vancouver
  • Winter, 1994 — A small group Bible study of 4 begins
  • Spring, 1996 — Elsie relocates to Vancouver Eastside and expand meetings to three a week; short term residential help for individuals on the couch in the living room; twice a week fellowship meals
  • Summer, 1997 — Women of Hope, a residence for women, begins with Lorna McLachlan and Elsie Quick on the main floor of a rundown house in East Vancouver (Many hours of renovations given by friends of Partners in Hope, particularly St. Simon’s church.)
  • Winter, 1997 — Participants at recovery meetings become so numerous that the meetings are moved to a larger centre at First and Commercial.
  • Winter, 1997 — We begin to offer rides to friends who are interested in accompanying us to church and offering a meal together after church.
  • Winter, 1997 — First residents enter “Women of Hope”
  • Summer, 1998 — Partners in Hope Recovery Society is incorporated and registered with the governments of British Columbia and Canada as a not-for-profit society.
  • Fall, 1998 — Expand residence by 4 more rooms; Co-operate in hosting a Sunday Afternoon Fellowship

 

  • Summer, 1999 — Rather than give a hand out, we begin a food co-op with 6 participants
  • Spring, 2000 — Move women’s residence to new facility;
  • Spring, 2000 — We increase the number of 12-step meetings to locations in the  downtown core, Mount Pleasant, and Grandview areas of Vancouver
  • Winter, 2001 — Set up a men’s house in a 3 bedroom apartment under the leadership of Steve Nagle
  • Spring, 2002 — Purchase a facility to house women, food co-op, office, and meeting place for fellowship activities
  • Fall, 2002 — Expand men’s house residence with another 2-bedroom apartment
  • Spring, 2003 — Expanded network of co-operation and services through drop-in center resources and Partners in Hope website. Recent statistics record more than 1500 visits to the website and more than 600 to the listings for jobs and housing
  • Fall, 2003 — Food co-op more than doubles in weekly participants (average 50 – 60+) and volunteer involvement
  • Fall, 2003 — Five support groups each week (average combined attendance approximately 90) as well as well as participation in two church communities each Sunday (average combined attendance 40 – 50)
  • Winter 2003 — Christmas Outreach in the Downtown Eastside on Christmas Eve with carolling and sharing of gifts

 

  • Winter 2003 – 2004 — Men’s House in Vancouver closes for now
  • Winter, 2003 – 2004 — Explorations for a house in Newfoundland to provide a safe environment for men leaving corrections as they re-integrate into the community
  • Spring, 2004 — Prison ministry expands to three facilities in the Lower Mainland
  • Summer, 2004 — We celebrate 10 years of active ministry in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver
  • Fall, 2004 — “Purpose Driven Life” Course attracts many
  • Fall, 2004 — Website use rapidly increases as individuals make contact for employment and housing assistance

 

  • Winter, 2004 – 2005 — Volunteer corps grows to more than 70
  • Spring 2005 — We welcome our first full-time intern to minister in the Downtown Eastside
  • Fall, 2005 — Immanuel Church is planted in our neighbourhood with many former addicts and alcoholics participating fully in the life of the church
  • Fall, 2005 — Support group meeting in the Downtown Eastside triples in size until the room is full with more than 40 people each week

 

  • Winter, 2006 — Christmas outreaches extended to include prisons and drop-in centres as well as folks in the Downtown Eastside. Gifts were prepared and distributed for more than 700.
  • Winter, 2006 — Monthly prayer vigil at the corner of Main and Hastings where former addicts pray to take back the neighbourhood for God on the corner where they used to buy and sell drugs.
  • Winter, 2006 — New 12-Step meeting begins in Nanaimo, BC
  • Winter, 2006 — We welcome our first group of interns from Gateway Training Centre to learn about ministry with recovering addicts and alcoholics
  • Spring, 2006 — Food Co-op operates at a new capacity with several hundred individuals registered in the data base
  • Spring, 2006 — Website welcomes it’s 11,000th visitor
  • Fall, 2006 — Men’s Group planted in Vancouver near the Nanaimo Skytrain station in the home of Richard Campbell

 

  • Spring, 2007 — We welcome a new outreach worker, Mun Hee Kim from Korea for full time service
  • Spring, 2007 — Catherine Morris from Church Army comes to give leadership to Women of Hope
  • Winter, 2007 — Womens’ Bible Study launched at the home of Lorna McLachlan and quickly grows so they have to move to a larger facility

 

  • Spring, 2008 — Missionary Kent Morgan joins the Partners in Hope team
  • Spring, 2008 — Partners in Hope opens an “overflow apartment” at 8th and Fraser where house graduates and outreach workers reside
  • Summer, 2008 — Winnie Ollerhead interns with us from Church Army
  • Summer, 2008 — Increased outreach to the Downtown Eastside headed by Mun Hee Kim
  • Fall, 2008 — New website launched with a searchable housing database that attracts thousands each month
  • Fall, 2008 — “Journey Into Hope” — a new course offered on Monday mornings at the Salvation Army’s Family Services building at 3213 Fraser Street
  • Fall, 2008 — Elsie presents at Affordable Housing Conference – a great oportunity to work closer with others in the community.

 

  • Summer 2009 — The house receives much appreciated new applicances.
  • Summer 2009 — Youth group from Everett Washington came to visit ready to work around the house and work they did!
  • Spring 2010 — Elsie takes an extended trip to China, connecting with ministry friends and speaking in a variety of locations.
  • Summer 2010 — The house received a much needed renovation and paint.

 

  • Spring, 2011 — The last Food Co-Op package was delivered March, 2011.  After 12 years, we look at new ways to meet needs and let this service end.
  • Spring, 2011 — The last Sunday lunch meal from the women’s house was shared.
  • Spring, 2011 — The women’s house on 21st Avenue is closed after so many years and great memories. But a new chapter in Partners in Hope begins.
  • Summer, 2011 — Partners in Hope move to a new office on Clark Drive – now open regularly 4 days a week, and phone accessible every day.
  • Fall, 2011 — In co-operation with Mountain Valley Mission in Squamish, began efforts to reach out to locals who are looking for recovery and new life in Christ.

 

  • Spring, 2012 — In co-operation with Union Gospel Mission, Vancouver, began to facilitate a gathering of women from the DTES seeking support and encouragement
  • Spring, 2012 — Acknowledging that we meet individuals where they are gathered rather than looking for them to come to where we are, we closed the office on Clark Drive.  Outreach persons visit several drop-in centers on a regular basis, make outreach contact in alleys and parks, and visit with individuals on a one-to-one basis.  Office duties are carried out at 210-2299 E 30 Avenue.
  • Summer, 2012 — Much writing and organizing of curriculum materials to ready them for distribution to groups and churches who are looking for ways to reach out to those in their communities who suffer from the effects of brokenness and destructive lifestyles.
  • Summer, 2012 — Began a monthly celebration prayer and praise gathering to bless and encourage more “going out to make disciples” as Jesus commanded us in the Great Commission.
  • Fall, 2012 — Upgrade and relaunching of various digital platforms for sharing information.