Half a Century of Helping Society's Most Vulnerable
Fifty years is a significant period of time by almost any measure: the majority of many lives, half a century. It is also the span of time that St. James has been caring for vulnerable people in Vancouver. Ours is an organization with a rich history and legacy in our community.
In 1961, May Gutteridge and other founders of our society had a simple but powerful vision of strengthening the whole community by making life better for the most vulnerable within it. May’s powerful personality and leadership galvanized people and brought them on board St. James to work toward a common mission.
Much has changed since 1961. The City of Vancouver, itself celebrating an anniversary this year, has undergone continuous, rapid development, and St. James has changed along with it. Today, Vancouver is a world-class city with a reputation of being one of the most liveable cities in the world. St. James is working toward making that reputation true for everyone, including the most vulnerable. We commit to continuing our work of the last 50 years into the future, to support those in our community who need support, toward a better future for all.