Share had its beginnings in 1979 when a group of caring people came together with the common goal of caring for the homeless and hungry in the Vancouver area. These individuals made a commitment to helping men and women in need, those who are often unseen or forgotten, those who are someone’s daughter, grandfather, neighbor, cousin or friend.

We have grown tremendously over the past 40 years, through visionary leadership that has allowed our organization to sustainably grow, evolving our programs based on the needs of our community.

A Brief Timeline of Share Services & Programs

1979
Meals for homeless.

1982
Share Board established.

1983
Board of Directors formed.

1985
New Share House (at current location) & Hot Meals Program begins.

1993
Resource Center for street homeless, at request of City of Vancouver, downtown area (Esther Short Park).

1996
Share Homestead & Share Orchards Inn open.

1996
Fire destroys Share House.

1998
Share Outreach, pilot program begins.

1999
Opening of new Share House.

2000
ASPIRE/transitional housing program begins.

2002
Winter Shelter Program begins; est. as WHO in 2004

2003
Emergency housing, single women (Share Homes).

2004
Backpack & SummerSLAM Programs launched.

2007
In June, Share hosted a public outreach process to share our Facility Improvement Plan and seek feedback from the community about how best our organization should grow to meet the on-going needs of the hungry, homeless and low-income in our community.

2009
Share purchased a building on Andresen Road, which will become the Share Fromhold Service Center.

2011
Phase Two of our capital campaign process, with a portion of the Share Fromhold Service Center’s renovations completed, including the Northwest Natural Products/Gummy Vites Backpack Building Area.

2013
Share Fromhold Service Center officially opened as the new home of: Share ASPIRE staff offices, Share Outreach Program, Share Volunteer Center, Share Administrative Offices and Warehouse for Share’s Backpack & Holiday Cheer Programs, plus storage space for donations.

2015
Lincoln Place, a 30-unit Housing First apartment complex, opens. The building is owned by Vancouver Housing Authority and managed by Key Properties; Share manages programs offered to the residents and Community Services Northwest provides on-site mental health and substance abuse services. Lincoln Place is permanent supportive housing so people can live there indefinitely and receive on-going services.