2023 • APRIL


A perPETual issue: Seniors and Pet-friendly Housing Challenge

If you're a pet owner, you know that your furry friend is like family. But for homeless seniors who rent in Vancouver, finding a home that welcomes pets can be a challenge. 

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Age is Just a Number Gala is Back!

SSSBC is excited to bring back the Age is Just a Number Fundraising Gala. Save the date and join us for an evening of art and inspiration. More information will be available soon. We are looking for Sponsors! Do you have a business and want to partner with us?

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A Taxing Situation:

Greta's Story

Greta struggled to make ends meet and lost her home. To make matters worse, her GIS payments had stopped since she had not completed her 2021 taxes. Read how SSSBC's Tax Assistance Program came to her rescue.

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SHINE Trends 

It's been nearly three years since SHINE BC was successfully launched. SSSBC has found seven common challenges and trends that will inform our ongoing SHINE programming.

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Let's Connect & Prepare Together!

Calling all New Westminster landlords, building managers, and tenants! We are looking for one more multi-unit residential building to facilitate an Emergency Preparation workshop!

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SHINE Expansion:

Don't Take Our Word for It!

SSSBC's Housing Navigation Programs continue to receive glowing reviews! Read what our program participants and non-profit partners say about the incredible value the SHINE BC Program brings to everyone involved!

A Happy Housing Client!

Special Thanks!

A thank you to the Lady of Mercy Young Leaders group for donating gift bags containing housing items for seniors in THP!

SPARC BC provided 10 housing welcome kits with linens, appliances, and cleaning supplies for homeless seniors transitioning to a new home.

The Coast Capital Savings funded Seniors Rapid Access Program continues to provide temporary, rapid access shelter space for seniors in need. Thank you!

BC Housing funded a technology upgrade project to increase and enhance our service delivery. Our appreciation to BCH for recognizing this urgent need!

A thank you to United Way British Columbia for providing much-needed funding for grocery shopping services for seniors!

We are grateful to the Cities of New Westminster and Vancouver for their continued investment in our programs and services!

Thanks to New Horizons for Seniors (Province of BC) for continued funding for LinkAges, our intergenerational literacy program!

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On February 22nd, 2023, SSSBC staff celebrated Anti-Bullying Day by proudly displaying many shades of pink while reflecting on their own experiences with bullying. Learn more about Pink Shirt Day at www.pinkshirtday.ca.

IPledge Campaign

Last November, SSSBC decided to create our own campaign about Ageism. The "I Pledge" campaign is a way to spread awareness about ageism in our community. Our February pledge features Board Member Mercedes Wong. For more information, visit the World Health Organization's site. If you are inspired to submit a pledge, comment on our Facebook page!

Volunteer Voice

Roquelina makes morning support calls to seniors who live on their own and might not have relatives living nearby. She says:

"When I started volunteering, I realized that I wasn't only helping the Seniors I was talking to, but they were helping me too! Listening to their stories and learning about their challenges and how triumphantly they deal with the obstacles of everyday life has taught me to look at my challenges in a different light. They are always so cheerful and with a smile! I have learned a lot from their resilience!

SSSBC thanks Roquelina for her four months of service with us!

Board Announcement!

Join us in welcoming new board members Anthony Kupferschmidt and Naveed Nadri to the SSSBC Team! We look forward to your expertise and guidance in the coming years.

Anthony Kupferschmidt

"For the past eight years I have had the honour of working in partnership with SSSBC, a leading agency supporting older adults that is helping to unite and strengthen the senior-serving not-for-profit sector in BC. Now I am excited to contribute to an organization I believe in as a new Board member."

Naveed Nadri

"I am honored to have joined the board of directors of the Senior Services Society of BC. As someone who deeply values the contributions and experiences of seniors in our community, I am passionate about supporting this organization's mission to connect adults 60+ with individual support and housing navigation services. I believe that everyone deserves to live with dignity in a safe, comfortable, and healthy home, and I am committed to working with the Senior Services Society to achieve this vision. I'm also excited to collaborate with fellow board members and organization staff to ensure that seniors in British Columbia receive the support and care they deserve."

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