our vision

Action is underway to replace our 100-year-old facilities and build a new Vancouver Harbour Light that is intentionally designed to better support clients and the community today and into the future.  This will transform a facility that constrains what is possible into one that unleashes individual and community renewal.

The new, modern, custom-designed Vancouver Harbour Light is being built purposefully to support clients in their journey to healthier, happier lives in society. Welcoming and safe for clients, staff and the community as a whole, the facility will support evidence-based programs and services, provide a wider range of community services and keep pace with the community renewal movement currently taking place on the Downtown Eastside.

Our Vision is to transform a community, one person at a time.

The new Vancouver Harbour Light will offer the opportunity to:

Support Development Of Life Skills Necessary For Long-Term Success Through:

  • Flexible spaces supporting clients as they grow skills for day-to-day living, conflict resolution, employment and more.
  • Dedicated vocational training program spaces that complement and expand on existing training programs.
  • Better access to a larger learning centre, a vital resource for people seeking to enhance literacy skills or upgrade their education.
  • A coffee shop providing barista and hospitality training.
  • Volunteer training space enabling clients to expand work skills and experience.

Strengthen Our Comprehensive Continuum- Of-Care Model With:

  • Multi-purpose and custom-designed spaces that enable professional staff to offer leading-edge, holistic care that responds to clients’ changing needs.
  • Dedicated space for spiritual guidance and healing.
  • Meals, shelters, counselling under one roof.

Center On Clients’ Diverse Needs And Meet Increasing Demand Through:

  • More addiction treatment spaces.
  • Space for Indigenous Peoples that respects traditions and forges cultural connections.
  • Better access for people with mobility challenges.

Connect To Community With:

  • Significantly expand our community meals program, allowing to serve up to 180,000 people annually.
  • More opportunities for community use of the facility, fostering bonds between clients and society.
  • Building design that better integrates into the neighbourhood and supports community renewal.

Be A Welcoming, Safe Place For Clients:

  • A brighter, more home-like feel.
  • Increased privacy and security for all clients, staff, volunteers and guests.
  • Informal gathering spaces that enable people to relax and belong to a wider community.
  • More natural light and fresh air inside, with access to green space outside.

Building Her Tomorrow

  • A dedicated space for women, reviving the Women’s Treatment Program, to offer services and support tailored to the unique needs of women.
  • 18 treatment beds and 4 fully self-contained transitional rooms with full private kitchen.
  • Wrap around services that include group and individual counselling, arts and recreational activities, educational and vocational training.
  • A generous sized lounge area, dedicated flex meeting and program room, 24-hour on-site support staff, counsellors’ offices, and medical room.
  • Private indoor and outdoor spaces for quiet time, self reflection, or social interactions.

The Building