Ms. Li lives alone in Vancouver’s Chinatown and needs Cantonese-English interpretation at her monthly hospital appointments. Tiffany is a high school student who wants to learn more about her culture from her elders and give back to the community. For people like Ms. Li and Tiffany, Youth for Chinese Seniors is the bridge between the generations to build a community in Chinatown that creates sustainable, long term change. We are raising $12,000 so that we can open a seniors drop-in centre and continue to ensure that low income Chinese seniors have access to the resources they need.
Why a seniors drop-in space in Chinatown?
Seniors can directly talk to an outreach worker in their language for necessary services
Provide one-on-one support including interpretation, translation, medical accompaniment, and assistance with government benefits
A free, public space to reduce the problem of isolation among immigrant seniors
A meeting and social hub for youth and seniors in the heart of Chinatown to build a foundation for an intergenerational community
Development in Chinatown is causing spaces to disappear, a space designed for and with local Chinese senior residents is critical in this moment
Right now, we are at a pivotal moment. We are building our capacity so that we can provide more services and programming, creating a seniors drop-in space in the heart of Chinatown, and growing our community so that we can reach even more seniors and youth, and we need your support.
$30 will let us hold one of our weekly senior meetings where we discuss how to combat issues in the neighbourhood.
$50 will support a senior in applying for Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement.
$100 will make sure a senior gets the interpretation they need at their monthly medical appointments.
$500 will ensure that we can hire a senior to coordinate peer-led activities.
Youth For Chinese Seniors is doing vital work to bridge intergenerational community in Vancouver’s Chinatown, and this project will help us reach even more seniors in 2018. Donate if you can, and be sure to spread the word. Every dollar makes a difference for our organization.
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In a Chinatown facing rapid gentrification, Chinese seniors are losing community businesses that meet their basic needs. There is already a lack of culturally appropriate care services as seniors age in place. They are facing barriers to accessing necessary services and resources, because of their gender, race, language, age, immigrant status, and class. With a seniors drop-in centre, we will have a community gathering space to address these barriers.
Youth for Chinese Seniors have been serving low-income immigrant seniors in Chinatown and the Downtown Eastside since 2015. With a single staff member and the support of over forty volunteers, we provide outreach to isolated seniors, interpretation and translation services, advocacy, and diverse programming that builds bridges between generations. We combine service provision and grassroots organizing, with a core belief that service work is political and that as a community, we have the tools we need to take care of one another. We empower seniors and youth to work together to improve their communities and tackle the difficult problems of oppression and violence. Our vision is of a Chinatown that is intergenerational and thriving, with accessible and culturally relevant services and an environment that cherishes our seniors and youth. Together, we can make this dream come true.
So far, in 2017 we:
Held a Chinese Seniors Health Fair with over 200 seniors and 15 service organizations in attendance
Facilitated 30 weekly senior meetings where we discussed local issues impacting their lives
Created 3 intergenerational community building events led by our youth volunteer team
Provided outreach, interpretation, and accompaniment services to 40 seniors
Started our new peer-run recreational and social activities led by Chinese seniors
Led 3 street safety workshop created by seniors and youth, speaking to issues of racism, pedestrian safety, and theft
Hosted 5 intercultural community kitchens
Worked with many different organizations in the community, such as the DTES SRO Collaborative, Carnegie Community Centre, Strathcona Community Centre, Second Mile Society, Youth Collaborative for Chinatown, Chinatown Action Group, and more