About Us

About Kits House

Kitsilano Neighbourhood House (‘Kits House’), member of the Association of Neighbourhood Houses BC, is a registered non-profit, charity organization dedicated to meeting the needs of those most vulnerable as well as providing an opportunity for everybody in our community to get together and be engaged. We offer many different programs like volunteer-led English Conversation Circles, weekly hot lunches for seniors, childcare and much more. Kitsilano Neighbourhood House is the only Neighbourhood House on the Westside and serves many different communities like Kitsilano, Dunbar, Arbutus Ridge and Point Grey.

Vision

Vancouver’s Westside is a healthy, vibrant and connected community where everyone thrives.

Mission

Kitsilano Neighbourhood House creates community for all by connecting people, ideas, and opportunities.

Statement of Diversity

  • Our community welcomes people of any age, race, or religion.
  • We see value in every person, regardless of physical ability, mental ability, or economic standing.
  • We welcome the experience and knowledge of people from other places. Many languages and cultures are heard in the community at Kitsilano Neighbourhood House.
  • People of any gender and sexuality are welcome in our community.
  • Our staff, board, membership and volunteer community reflect the diversity of our neighbours.
  • Any person who transmits or receives our services can expect to be treated with respect.
  • Our dedication to diversity means that all people are part of our community; therefore, we act to promote the inclusion of everyone in our House.

Our Values

  • respect
  • diversity
  • collaboration
  • compassion
  • accountability
  • democratic participation
  • dignity
  • humour
  • interdependence
  • leadership

Membership

Did you know that we rely upon your membership as part of our funding? By renewing your membership annually, you are supporting Kits House and all the programs you know and love. In order to enjoy our programs and services, membership is required. Enjoy your membership for longer by purchasing after January 1st and before April 30th. Renewals are due before April 30th. Our annual membership entitles you to:

  • Voting privileges at our Annual General Meeting
  • Our annual report
  • Monthly e-newsletters
  • Invitations to community events

Family Membership- $20 Individual & Volunteer Membership – $10 Your Kitsilano Neighbourhood House membership automatically includes membership in the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC (ANHBC), of which Kitsilano Neighbourhood House is a part. You will receive notices of Annual General Meetings/Special Meetings of ANH and have the opportunity to vote in the ANH Board of Governors. For more information please visit the ANH website. For all membership inquiries, call 604-736-3588 or visit the Front Desk during office hours Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00pm. Please note, we accept cash or cheque only.  Thank you for your continued support!

Fee Subsidies

Kits House is committed to making sure financial barriers don’t affect people’s ability to participate in programs. We are introducing a fee subsidy application form and process for our programs starting April 1st, 2014. Subsidy can be requested both for program fees and for membership. 1. Access the Subsidy Application Form by visiting our main site at 2305 West 7th Ave Monday-Friday 9am-5pm OR printing the form below. 2. Return the form to Front Desk prior to the program start date. You can register for the program at this time. 3. You will be contacted by our Family Support Worker within one week of receiving the subsidy request form. All information is kept confidential. Please contact Front Desk at 604-736-3588 or frontdesk@kitshouse.org if you have questions. Please note that Housing & Childcare fees are subject to different subsidy processes. Please contact the Program Staff for more information. Subsidy Application Form

Scent Reduction Policy

Kits House is not a scent-free environment; however, we do ask that everyone avoid the use of strong perfumes and heavily scented products while at Kits House. We ask for everyone’s cooperation in our efforts to accommodate staff, volunteer, resident, participant and visitor health concerns, and minimize unnecessary discomfort.

Kits House’s History

Kitsilano Neighbourhood House has a rich history on Vancouver’s Westside since 1894 when it was originally opened as Alexandra Orphanage and Non-Sectarian Home Society. This original site was located at 7th and Pine. The orphanage was eventually renamed “Alexandra House” in 1938. In 1972, the House moved to its current location, was renamed Kitsilano Neighbourhood House and still serves the six communities of the Westside.

Check out “A Place on the Corner” for some more Kits House History.

 

What is a Neighbourhood House?

A Neighbourhood House is a partnership between individuals, neighbours, government and private enterprise. It is familiar and easily accessible; it is effective in reaching people and helping them with their community aspirations, needs and challenges and problems. Neighbourhood Houses are non-governmental organizations, which function as resource centres with the flexibility to meet changing community needs and challenges. Neighbourhood Houses differ from many other social organizations because they are concerned with the community as a whole. They work towards improving the quality of both community and family life. Programs and services are designed to reach all age groups in a diverse population that is inclusive and reflective of the many different life experiences of the neighbours in any one community. Neighbourhood Houses build strong, independent communities. Neighbourhood Houses encourage people to thrive.

Privacy Statement

We collect personal information in order to maintain contact with you, to invite you to KNH, and ANH General Meetings and to provide you with information on future programs, services and events.

Complaint Resolution Process

Kitsilano Neighbourhood House is committed to working with children, youth, seniors, families and communities to provide supports and programs that meet community needs. In keeping with this all participants in all programs have the right to raise their concerns about any program decision or actions taken by Kits House.
What you can expect
• You will be treated with respect, listened to and acknowledged.
• Your concern will be kept in confidence and there will be no repercussions for bringing forward a concern in good faith.
• All staff will have a working knowledge of the complaint resolution process and a willingness to listen to your concern and find a resolution that works for all involved.
What we will do
• We will provide an opportunity for you to explain the complaint.
• We will respond to the initial complaint as soon as possible after it is received and not longer than one week from receiving the complaint.
• We will document your concern and the final resolution or decision.
• We will follow up until the issue is resolved.
• We will make sure the process is accessible and transparent.
How to bring your complaint to our attention
1. Work together with the Kits House staff involved to resolve the disagreement
2. If the disagreement is not resolved work together with the Program Manager
3. It is hoped that through these conversations, your concern will be addressed to your satisfaction. If a resolution has not been found you can contact the Executive Director by phone 604 736-3588 or email allens@kitshouse.org or in writing attn: Executive Director c/o Kits House.
4. If the Executive Director is not able to resolve the disagreement to the satisfaction of all parties, your concern can be referred to the current Chair of the Kits House Board (contact email on KNH website) and/or the CEO of the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC 604-875-9111 ext 107.