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.

Fundraising initiatives are underway to support our programs and services.

Vision

Vancouver’s Westside is a thriving, healthy, safe and vibrant community.

Mission

We are dedicated to strengthening our community through leadership, collaboration, and opportunity.

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

We value:

  • respect, compassion and cooperation as the basis for meaningful interaction
  • each individual resident, staff member, and business owner and the interdependence amongst us all
  • the role that diversity plays in healthy communities
  • individual and collective strengths as the foundation of all community development
  • individual and collective leadership as the catalyst for social change
  • a working environment that supports work life balance and one that provides opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential
  • health and wellbeing for the individual, family and community
  • democratic participation by all citizens as the foundation of health and safe communities
  • sustainable and equitable approaches to community development
  • accountability to all for the work we do on behalf of the community, and
  • the role of humour and play in nurturing us all.

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

Please note new membership fees effective April 1st:

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 offices at 3683 West 4th Ave (at Alma) 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

Brief 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.

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.

Strategic Plan

This plan describes a vision for the Westside Community and the role of Kitsilano Neighbourhood House (KNH) in achieving it. This approach ensures that the ultimate focus of our work is outside the house itself and clearly centred on our community.

The plan was created through a collaborative board, management and staff process. It involved research, group learning processes, visioning, strategy development, and team building at many levels. Various versions were reviewed and additional input sought. This document represents the ideas of everyone involved with KNH.

KNH Strategic Plan

Annual Reports

Redevelopment Plan

Wish List

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.