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Covid-19 senior support

Since 2020, we've organized COVID-19 community vaccination clinics with translation support and the distribution of face masks and rapid tests in partnership with Masks4EastVan. We also facilitate weekly phone-calls between youth and seniors to reduce isolation during the pandemic.


casework support

Led by our Outreach team, we provide case management to support seniors in meeting their basic needs around housing, health, and income. This service is available only to residents of the Downtown Eastside, Chinatown, and Strathcona area.

English description of our services on the last page of this Chinese & English flyer.


Chinese seniors hub

Chinese Seniors Hub aims to build strong communities among Chinese seniors through senior empowerment, peer-based outreach, tech support, recreational events, workshops, and healthy activities.

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nourishing hearts grocery program

Our dedicated volunteer team delivers fully subsidized, fresh, and culturally appropriate groceries to seniors living in Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside. Originally organized in partnership with hua foundation as a COVID-19 response service, this program was formerly known as "Chinatown Cares".


Language access to healthcare campaign

For Chinese seniors, going to a simple hospital exam can be a stressful experience. We are working towards advancing language access to healthcare through advocacy and community-based organizing.


seniors core

Seniors Core community meetings are organized with the support of our Chinese Seniors Hub team. Seniors meet regularly to discuss community issues and updates that affect their lives while also providing feedback and direction for our programs. The discussions at our meetings ensure that our work reflects the needs of the community.


Sticky Rice Collective

Sticky Rice is a collective, led by queer and trans youth, organizing intergenerational events and engaging in social justice leadership in Chinatown. Volunteers of all ages and identities are welcome to join. Sticky Rice volunteers also attend regular workshops addressing community issues such as medical advocacy and harm reduction.


medical accompaniment

With support from our dedicated volunteers and outreach workers, we provide informal translation and interpretation support for seniors' medical appointments.

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community art projects

In recognition of the empowering potential of artistic expression, Yarrow has organized various intergenerational community art projects to amplify the stories and experiences of our seniors and youth. Projects we've organized since 2019 include Speak My Language, Dreaming Hand-in-Hand Zine, and Chinatown Looks (forthcoming).

past programs

dreaming hand-in-hand

Dreaming Hand-in-Hand: An Intergenerational Chinatown Zine is a community publication project featuring the stories of youth and Chinese seniors about their hopes and dreams for the Chinatown. The zine was launched at a community art exhibition in March 2022 at Massy Arts Society. You can purchase a copy of the zine here.

Speak my language

Speak My Language is a storytelling media arts project for youth and Chinese seniors to share experiences of language and cultural barriers in accessing healthcare, explore individual and collective healing, and envision a culturally accessible healthcare system. The radio docs were launched at a community event in March 2020. You can listen to the radio docs here.

Chinatown Choose to move

Funded and supported by United Way of the Lower Mainland and UBC Hip and Health Centre, we provide coaching and opportunities for seniors with mobility challenges to exercise and improve their physical health. Seniors will participate in motivational meetings with their peers and have one-on-one meetings with an Activity Coach to track their progress. This program took place from 2018-2020.

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