Monday, May 1, 2017

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

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 2016, I attended the Grounding Event at 730 East Hastings St., Vancouver.

First Nations ceremony, Grounding Event, Feb 2015.


With Madeleine McAllister- Westside Grand Gallery, YWCA- Vanessa Wellington and Westside Grand Gallery owner at the Grounding Event, Feb 2015.


With YWCA- Chantelle Krish, Grounding Ceremony, Feb 2015.

After the Grounding Event, we were ready to show donors, staff, family and friends the completion of "Home Is Love" art show. We hosted the opening night reception on February 12th 2015 at the Westside Grand gallery, Vancouver.

YWCA-CEO Janet Austin and Jazmin. Opening Reception Feb 2015

YWCA-Chantelle Krish and Jazmin. Opening Reception, Feb 2015

Jazmin giving a speech to donors, staff and friends. Opening Reception, Feb 2015

On April 2017, the building came to completion. The project – at 720 and 730 East Hastings St. – is a joint initiative that features a branch library, community and family programming, and safe, affordable housing for low-income single mothers and their children. The City of Vancouver made the largest contribution towards a new Vancouver Public Library branch. The City’s financial support includes land value of the site and design and construction of the new library. This housing will accommodate and assist many low-income mothers and their children.

YWCA- Vanessa Wellington and Jazmin, Cause We Care House, Grand Opening April 2017

Donors visiting the new premises with Jazmin, Cause We Care House, Grand Opening April 2017

With the support of the YWCA staff and donors, I was able to be part of this meaningful project.
"The stories you believe to be true are the ones your life will become" with love, Jazmin
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