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.
As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, Share maintains that commitment by remaining at the forefront to improve the lives of individuals and families who face hunger, are homeless or struggle to find affordable housing. Our start was humble, with just one shelter for single men and a daily, free hot meal. Today, we provide a spectrum of services—from the Outreach team on the streets and at the Vancouver Navigation Center, to emergency shelters and free nutritious meals, to the Backpack program feeding hungry children and subsidized housing for low-income individuals and families, to a matched savings program and permanent housing, and so much more.
We’ve 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. While we have been a fierce advocate for change, we’ve not done it on our own. Healthy communities thrive through partnership. By connecting multiple systems and movements, and bringing more players and voices to the table, Share has fostered and created a brighter and healthier future for generations to come.
It is with that in mind that we look forward to celebrating our 40th anniversary milestone with gratitude in our hearts. We keep working, every day. We can build a better future for everyone and we will do it together.
Thank you for 40 years of making our community home.