The Healing Path $3,500
The Healing Path initiative was founded by a member of the Vancouver Police Department in partnership with the Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre and with endorsements by Reconciliation Canada, to increase awareness about the complex relationship between the police and the Indigenous community. Beading, and in particular the order of beads, holds great significance in Indigenous culture. The goal of the Initiative is to create and distribute 3,000 culturally significant hand-crafted beaded necklace and pins. These are to be worn by police officers, members of the Indigenous community and the general public to visually signify the person’s willingness to participate in dialogue and sharing of culture and experiences intended to heal these relationships moving forward. Ultimately, the Healing Path initiative will create important interconnectivity by bringing police and Indigenous communities together.
We Care Blankets $15,000
According to the 2020 Metro Vancouver Homeless Count there were 2095 Vancouver residents that were identified as homeless. 547 people were living on the street, and 1548 people were living in sheltered locations. For those sleeping on the streets of Vancouver, comfort and warmth can be difficult to find. In addition, one of the most requested and sought-after items at shelters are blankets. The VPD We Care Blankets program will fill this need by providing nearly 800 brand new, comfortable fleece blankets to some of our city’s most vulnerable citizens. The blankets are provided to VPD officers and stocked in VPD patrol vehicles to be handed out to citizens who need them most.
DVACH Health and Safety Kits $11,550
This program provides the VPD Domestic Violence and Criminal Harassment Unit (DVACH) with free Health & Safety Kits to give to high risk domestic violence and elder abuse victims fleeing violent and abusive relationships. These kits are specifically intended for individuals where the abuser has control over every aspect of the victim’s life. By working closely and developing relationships with high risk victims, the DVACH Unit is able to identify individuals and their children who need these Health & Safety Kits the most and provide them with some essentials during a time where they are often injured, in crisis, highly fearful, confused and disoriented about justice system involvement. Each kit includes a 911 cell phone, a whistle, transit passes, gift cards for groceries, fuel and personal toiletries, and now also includes personal protective equipment in light of the COVID 19 pandemic.
Her Time $31,000
Gang Education and Prevention programs have primarily been conducted with a male-focus, yet young women are also victims of gang violence and the tragedies that come with involvement in gang life. Her Time was created to provide young women with a voice and to allow women to actively participate in taking control of their lives. Her Time has reached over 40 schools, 11 community groups and more than 9,000 girls and women in eight BC cities. Proactively, the program provides young women with the tools, resources and knowledge about the dangers of gang lifestyle. Reactively, the program offers women currently involved or at high-risk to becoming involved in gang life the opportunity to connect with the detectives who will provide assistance with an exit strategy.
Seniors Food Hampers $2,500
The VPD Finance department has partnered with the VPD Elder Abuse Unit to identify and provide basic necessities to some of Vancouver’s senior citizens who need it most. With a focus on seniors who live independently, this program will provide vulnerable seniors with fundamental items throughout the year such as healthy groceries and essential toiletries to ensure that their basic needs are being met. Now more than ever, these already vulnerable seniors are exceptionally isolated due to the COVID 19 pandemic. This program aims to offer critical support during isolation, develop positive relationships and provide some of life’s necessities.
Women’s Personal Safety Team $18,493
The VPD Women’s Personal Safety Team is a truly unique program supporting women’s safety in our community. The program enhances women’s security, self-protection and confidence by providing the tools to prevent and defend from asocial violence, including education, training and resources. The Team teaches women of all ages, demographics and abilities and recently pivoted the program to offer virtual sessions due to the pandemic. Since inception in 2012, the Women’s Personal Safety Team has impacted more than 6,400 females, including 2,000 teens and 4,400 women.