When Art meets Purpose

On April 19th 2017, The YWCA - Vancouver opened the doors of their new housing "Cause We Care House". This innovative housing community will assist many low-income single mothers and their children.

YWCA Cause We Care House Community nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona

In 2014, the YWCA - Vancouver and I partnered with the intention of planning a creative and meaningful project, that will support one of the organization's programs or initiatives. We were not sure which program will be chosen but we were excited to be working together and we knew this project will be something new to them and to me. After looking at many different programs, we decided to support "Cause We Care House". The project was a long time dream and it was slowly becoming a reality. An ambitious initiative that required the support of the City of Vancouver and many donors was taking shape. The idea of supporting the construction of this important housing resonated with me. We decided that the best way of reaching out to donors was by linking the stories of single moms to my art. YWCA was the liaison between the women and me. After an extensive research, interviews and meaningful conversations, I was ready to paint their stories.

At my studio, painting

After a few months and with a lot of support from YWCA Vanessa Wellington and Chantelle Krish, the project started to show its first images. There were many challenges but we faced them with communication and wisdom. In February 2015, I attended the Grounding Event at 730 East Hastings St., Vancouver.