We want to celebrate with you!


This year’s Neighbourhood House Week is May 2 – 8th, and we want to celebrate with you, even if it can’t be like it was before!

A brief History of Neighbourhood Houses

Neighbourhood houses have been around Metro-Vancouver since 1938, for more than 125 years. They began as part of the Neighbourhood (Settlement) House Movement, helping create spaces for community-building and cultivate a sense of connectedness and belonging in the cities we live in.

Kits House’s history started in Vancouver’s Westside in1894 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!


Celebrate Neighbourhood Houses with us!

This year we are celebrating Neighbourhood House Week in three ways and would love for you to join us!

Building Community Virtual Event

On behalf of the Neighbourhood Houses across Metro Vancouver and the Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC, we are proud to invite you to the first virtual Neighbourhood House Week Celebration! The evening Zoom gathering will be a time for celebrating the Neighbourhood House Movement, our collective history, present and future. It will be an interactive event open to all neighbourhood house family, featuring celebration, discussion and prizes!

When: Thursday, May 6th | 6:00-7:30pm (5:45pm gathering)
Where: Zoom
Who: Neighbourhood House Family
RSVP: by April 29, 2021 HERE
Contact Event Organizers: communications@anhbc.org


Neighbourhood House Story Contest

Share your story that stood out as a meaningful memory this past year which symbolizes all Neighbourhood Houses’ message of fostering connections with your community and be entered to win one of three $100 VISA gift cards!

Entering your story will get you one ballot submission into the prize draw, and if you submit a photo you will get a second ballot entry.The three prizes will be draw at random.

When: Contest runs Apr 14 – May 4 (5pm), 2021

Who: open to all neighbourhood house staff, neighbourhood house volunteers and neighbourhood house participants

Contest contact: gabby.guevarra@southvan.org

Submit your story HERE

Rock Painting at Kits House

This year we’d love to welcome you to stop by from your walk in Kitsilano to join us for rock painting in celebration of Neighbourhood House Week! The rocks you paint will be displayed in the Kits house garden for all other neighbours to enjoy.

Paint words of encouragement to help neighbours keep fighting through Covid, paint a picture of what community means to you, write out your nam – it’s up to you! Alternatively, feel free to paint your rocks at home with your own supplies and drop them off!

When: Monday May 3 – Friday May 7th, 2021
Time: 2:00pm – 6:00pm
Where: Outside Kits House
Covid precautions: Only 2 tables for painting spaced 6 feet apart, sanitizing supplies, tables and chairs before and after each use, we ask that you have your mask on, please keep distance if someone is already sitting in one of the two painting stations.