Hundreds of people come through the doors of First United each day seeking comfort, care and a place to belong. Your donations of toiletries, new and gently used clothing, and other supplies provide vital support to our neighbours in need. The Community Help Desk could really use shampoo – the bigger the bottles the better!

We wish to thank all who have donated clothing and household items over the years. Your gifts have contributed to the well-being of many individuals on the Downtown Eastside. Unfortunately, we are unable to continue operating the Thrift Store and will instead be offering a new “Community Closet” service. We are delighted and ever grateful to continue accepting specific donations:

~ towels, blankets, & sleeping bags ~ men’s shoes (size 9-13) and pants (size 29-32) ~ shampoo, sunscreen, band aids, & sewing kits ~ shampoo

These donations can be delivered to the Gore St. Parkade (please use the buzzer for staff to assist you) between 9:00 and 3:30 M-F or left in the ERUC sanctuary entrance hall. For more info, please contact 604-681-8365.

For miscellaneous supplies and items necessary for our ongoing work, First United maintains a Wishlist on Amazon. This makes it easy for you to donate the supplies needed most in our community.

Due to the unique needs of the community we serve, as well as storage limitations, we can only accept items of use to our community. 


This summer St. George’s United Church (in Courtenay on Vancouver Island) is hosting a 6-day missions project for youth to serve in our local community, build relationships, eat together, grow and learn, and engage with others in new ways. The program is 6 days and involves staying over at St. George’s UC for 5 nights with GO Project staff, Rev. Ingrid Brown (Minister at St. George’s), and other United Church youth. Because of a generous grant, we can offer 9 participants a reduced program fee of only $185.00 for the week that includes lodging and food. See Pastor Tracy for more info! (


The Centre is open and offering over 40 programs this Spring, Summer and Fall! Check out their website: to see their Programs @ A Glance flyer and to watch for program and accommodation registration. You can also come and just be at the Centre without taking a program. Your participation and support will help Naramata Centre stay open. Come join us at the Centre this year!


Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk living in solitude, without phone, radio or television, and at the same time, through his writings, correspondence and visitors, a man deeply engaged in the world and its troubles, from racism to war. His books, best-sellers in many languages, continue to be widely read and discussed. Join in this lecture by Jim Forest, writer, Orthodox Christian lay theologian, educator, and peace activist. at the Vancouver School of Theology:  6 pm reception; 7 pm lecture.