About Us

About Kits House

A Little About Us

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. We are the only Neighbourhood House on the Westside and serves many different communities like Kitsilano, Dunbar, Arbutus Ridge and Point Grey.

Kits 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.

Vancouver’s Westside is a healthy, vibrant and connected community where everyone thrives.
Kitsilano Neighbourhood House creates community for all by connecting people, ideas, and opportunities.
  • 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.
  • Respect
  • Diversity
  • Collaboration
  • Compassion
  • Accountability
  • Democratic participation
  • Dignity
  • Humour
  • Interdependence
  • Leadership

What is a Neighbourhood House?

Neighbourhood Houses are non-profit organizations, which function as resource centres with the flexibility to meet changing community needs and challenges. They work towards improving the quality of both community and family life and differ from other social organizations as they are concerned with the community as a whole while working 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. Neighbourhood Houses build strong, independent communities, encouraging people to thrive. They are familiar and easily accessible; and effective in reaching people and helping them with their community aspirations, needs, challenges and problems.