$4.3 million goal achieved, supporters raise $1 million in six weeks to double beds at Powell Place

VANCOUVER – Dec. 21, 2012 – In less than six weeks, passionate supporters rallied to raise over $750,000 to ensure that more women will have a safe and secure place to stay during times of crisis at Powell Place in the Downtown Eastside.

In the spirit of holiday giving, the community stepped up and gave generously to the campaign led by philanthropist Cindy Beedie, whose family has pledged $375,000 in matching gifts, to rebuild and expand Powell Place emergency shelter for women.

“I am touched by the overwhelming support shown to this project from the community”, says Cindy. “We couldn’t accomplish this without the support of the community and this shows that the women of the Downtown Eastside are cared about and valued.”

Scheduled for completion in early 2014, the expansion will double Powell Place’s current capacity from 26 to 52 beds and will provide support to more than 300 women every year. The expansion will increase women’s access to healthcare, counseling and permanent housing.

“What a wonderful holiday gift to the women of Vancouver,” says Trudi Shymka of The Bloom Group. “Being able to expand Powell Place is a dream come true for those of us who see every day how much need is out there.”

In total, the expansion, scheduled to break ground fall 2013, will cost $4.3 million which includes funding from BC Housing and the City of Vancouver. We thank all our donors, particularly early supporters like St. Mary’s Kerrisdale Anglican Church, Rudy and Patricia North, Central City Foundation and Face the World Foundation. Special appreciation goes to Ryan & Cindy Beedie and Todd Yuen, Vice President, Industrial Development with the Beedie Group, for his tremendous support.

Powell Place provides women with a safe and supportive place to stay while they cultivate the life skills that empower them to manage the complexity of their challenges and focus on next steps to move forward and build resilient lives. Many women who stay with us have experienced abuse, poverty, mental illness, and/or addiction. They are survivors.

At Powell Place, we do not judge. We accept all women regardless of their circumstances. The Bloom Group’s Powell Place and Springhouse are two of the few women-only shelters in Vancouver. Our all-women staff provides 24/7 services that are inclusive, accessible and based on respect.

For interviews with Cindy Beedie or Trudi Shymka, or for further information, please contact:

Fen Hsiao
Marketing and Communications Manager


To learn more about Powell Place and the capital campaign or receive PowellPlace e-news visit www.expandpowellplace.com.