Gardening, Running, and Ground Breaking

It’s been a little busy at RainCity Housing lately, which is strange. The so called summer months are typically quiet in our part of the world, the onset of summer tending to slow things down a tad. Not so this year.

First up – the amazingly beautiful wall garden at Princess Rooms! We banded together with the Environmental Youth Alliance again and after some clever water engineering and some elbow grease, Princess Avenue is now that much prettier. Most of the plants are edible, and will end up in the fabulous meals provided inside via the Princess Rooms meal program. Never mind a 100 mile diet – this is a 100 meter one! Oh, and we’re working hard with our partners at Hollyburn Properties to make sure this will be a sustainable project.

Second – The Scotia Bank Half Marathon. You’d think spending a few hours at a booth in Stanley Park would be boring. You’d be wrong. The first runners crossed the finish line before the commentators were even ready. After that it was one big endorphin high that permeated the booth village. People refuelling on bananas and cookies, asking with sincere interest “What does RainCity do?” or telling us “What you guys do is great! Keep it up!” Check out the pics on our facebook page. We can’t wait to participate again next year, and Bill, our communications guy, says he’s doing the half. We’ll hold ‘em to it.

Last and definitely not least – the 215 West 2nd Ground Breaking! Where else can you experience a Coast Salish blessing, shovels, hard hats, speeches from Minister Rich Coleman, Mayor Gregor Robertson and other dignitaries, and live music? At a RainCity Housing Ground Breaking!

This particular ground breaking was extra special as we’re partnering with Katherine Sanford Housing Society. We like partnerships, as they go a long way in making communities stronger.

BC Housing will be providing the bricks and mortar monies and some staffing monies, the City of Vancouver provides the property, and BC Housing will be providing staffing monies as well. You can visit our facebook page to see photos (we hope you ‘like’ them) and the video generously shared by BC Housing.

Now that we’ve checked all those off the ‘to do’ list, what’s next?


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