City Leaders Roundtable: Deb Bryant, CEO, Assn of Neighbourhood Houses of BC

Thursday, June 16th, 4:00 – 5:00pm
South Vancouver Neighbourhood House, 6470 Victoria Dr
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Several of the focus groups of pastors and Christian ministry executives we conducted during January and February pointed to their local neighbourhood house as a sign of hope which churches would do well to emulate or partner with. A Neighbourhood House is a “welcoming place where everyone, all ages, nationalities and abilities can attend, participate, belong, lead and learn through programs, services and community building.” Seven of the eleven Houses in Vancouver, plus an outdoor centre near Buntzen Lake, reside under the umbrella of The Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC, one of the oldest charities in the province. (There are four more independent Houses in Burnaby and North Vancouver.)

In our Roundtable with Deb Bryant, CEO of the ANHBC, we will

  • get an overview of the association’s history, values and range of services
  • hear Deb’s hopes and heartache for the city
  • discuss how congregations might work with local Houses on community initiatives.

Although the mainstream neighbourhood/settlement house movement is secular, Christian social reformers played vital roles in launching it in England, the US, and Canada during the late 1800s to help the rural and foreign poor who were migrating to cities in search of work. The movement strongly impacted social policy and urban development in the first half of the Twentieth Century (see brief histories here and here). And its influence can be seen today among Christian missions such as Catholic Worker Houses and the New Monastics.


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