About Neighbourhood Houses
Neighbourhood Houses are place-based organizations driven by and for the local neighborhood. We create welcoming spaces where everyone can attend, participate, lead and learn through programs, services and community building. We are a second home to many — and often build relationships that last a lifetime.
If you drop by a Neighborhood House for coffee, you might just end up joining a community BBQ, joining a Spanish conversational and teaching a ukelele group. We create ‘pathways of participation’ that allow neighbors to engage in a broad range of initiatives – in fact, the average Neighborhood House attendee is involved in at least six different programs!
Neighborhood Houses place an emphasis on empowering community members to envision, design, deliver and adapt the services that they rely on. More than half of our participants volunteer in some capacity, and up to a quarter are involved in some aspect of program leadership. We seek out and celebrate the skills, talents and passions of our membership, and we encourage our community to offer their skills wherever possible.
And last but not least, Neighborhood Houses are for everyone. We walk with our neighbors through every chapter of life: from birth to a celebration of life, and from the best moment of your life to the hardest. We create programs for people of all ages and all backgrounds. We create dedicated space for folks to connect over shared experience, and inclusive spaces where we can build meaningful friendships with people that are different from us. Most of all, we create communities filled with people that can rely on each other.
Come on down to Gordon House, and see how you can get involved!
Commitment to Anti-Racism
ANHBC issued the following statement after the killing of George Floyd. The principles expressed in the statement are to guide our work into the future.
ANHBC Neighbourhood Houses and Sasamat Outdoor Centre exist to strengthen neighbourhoods by bringing diverse people together to create positive change. Our work has always been centered around inclusion and equity,to build social connection and to break down discrimination through community building. There is hard work to be done across the globe including in our own backyard. It is not enough to be inclusive. We must be anti-racist, as well. We know we need to show up in more concrete and consistent ways to drive change to the systemic discrimination against Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities. We will use our position as neighbourhood builders to challenge systems and provide more resources and opportunities to racialized communities.We must push harder to contribute to a more just world.
Our commitment is to do the following:
We commit to creating brave spaces for community members to come together to have real conversations about racism – at individual and systemic levels.
This will include distinct conversations about anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, anti-Muslim racism, anti-Semitism, anti-Asian racism, and all other forms of xenophobia and discrimination.
We commit to looking at ourselves as a large organization to understand how we have benefited from colonization, to examine when we have stood up and when we have remained silent, and to fully recognize the harm that our silence has caused.
We commit to holding ourselves accountable and looking at how the diverse communities we work with are reflected in management, senior leadership and Board Governance.
This is not about tokenism – it’s about creating real change in our own organizational systems.
We commit to speaking out against injustice, while working to decolonize our practices.
The pain people are feeling right now is real. It is our responsibility to do our work with honesty, integrity, and dedication.Even when no one is watching.
Gordon Neighbourhood House uses food to nourish our community in a variety of ways, including the facilitation of intercultural exchange and dialogue, community capacity-building, and community development.