New Westminster

New Westminster Homelessness Coalition

The New Westminster Homelessness Coalition was formed in 2005 to bring together a range of people and organizations working to address homelessness in New Westminster. The NWHC now includes over 35 members representing service providers, community-based organizations and all levels of government.

2017 Homelessness Action Week Events

Tuesday, October 10
Connect Day at Holy Trinity Cathedral from 8 am until noon

Holy Trinity Cathedral, in cooperation with the New Westminster Homelessness Coalition Society (NWHCS), is pleased to announce that this year’s Connect Day will be hosted on October 10th, from 8 am until noon. As in years past, the venue for the event is Holy Trinity Cathedral’s lower hall (514 Carnarvon Street, New Westminster).

Connect Day, one of the major initiatives of New Westminster’s Homelessness Action Week, brings together service providers, citizens, and community agencies; connecting them with marginalized and at-risk individuals. All members of the community are welcome to attend, and there is no charge for services.

Attendees will be treated to both breakfast and lunch, along with access to the “Clothing Boutique”, haircuts, hearing tests, flu shots, and various health services.

Attending organizations include: Mainland Hearing, UGM, Purpose Society, Fraser Health, Elizabeth Fry, Lookout, UGM, Vancity, West Coast Genesis, Seniors Services Society, the New Westminster Police, Spirit of the Children, Quest Food Exchange, Disability Alliance, Aunt Leah’s Society, Judy Darcy (MLA) and Peter Julian (MP).

For more information, please contact Carole Neilson at 604-521-2511.

About Holy Trinity Cathedral

Holy Trinity Cathedral is a place where people come in search of fellowship and the presence of God. We worship together; we build community; and we serve our neighbourhood in New Westminster. Our doors are open to all who wish to join us.

Thursday, October 12
Charity Dinner and Auction – Columbia Theatre at 5:30 pm

The New Westminster Homelessness Coalition Society (NWHCS) will host their upcoming 10th annual charity dinner and auction at the Columbia Theatre on Thursday, October 12, at 5:30 pm. This year’s theme is “Living Together – A Sense of Community”.

All proceeds from the charity dinner will go towards the vital work of the NWHCS, particularly our I’s on the Street program. Individual tickets can be purchased for $75 each, while a table for 10 is available for $650.  There will also be a silent auction and a 50-50 draw. Please join us!

Guests will be treated to an evening of exquisite cuisine, including dinner and dessert, and music entertainment provided by local groups Blue Express and the New West Community Choir. The emcee this year is Stephen O’Shea of the New Westminster Arts Council, and guest speakers include Mayor Jonathon Cote, professor Joseph Moore of Douglas College, and I’s on the Street participant Myke Germyn. Along with a silent auction, cash bar, and other entertainment, the night promises to be a shining jewel in the New Westminster social calendar.

Click here to view/download the poster for this event (PDF)

For tickets, contact Martha Kerr at 778-847-4468 or via email at

October 2-14
Community Art Show at the Royal City Centre, 610 6th St.

Our inaugural art celebration showcases local and other artists who share a concern with, or lived experience of, the issues surrounding homelessness. The show is intended to draw in community members to enjoy some amazing creations and engender thinking and conversation around the challenges faced by our most vulnerable citizens.