An introduction to this year’s appeal
Our brothers and sisters who are suffering during the coronavirus pandemic need our help. That’s why today I am asking you the faithful of Vancouver, for your generous support of this year’s Project Advance Appeal: Our Catholic Response to the Crisis.
To help those who are most vulnerable, the Archdiocese has established a Crisis Response Fund to meet our community’s needs. This year, we hope to raise $1.625 million through Project Advance, which would provide $825,000 for the Crisis Response Fund and $800,000 for our ongoing ministries of outreach and evangelization.
Your donation to Project Advance, united with thousands of Project Advance supporters across the Archdiocese, will help those who are most vulnerable and impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB
What does your donation support?
Archbishop's Crisis Response Fund
Beginning now, and throughout the coming months, this fund will provide supplemental support to various Catholic organizations that are helping with needs arising from the pandemic in the areas of: Mental Health, Domestic Abuse, Addiction Recovery, and Homelessness & Food Security.
Below, you will find how these various areas have been impacted, along with the Catholic organizations that are responding.
- According to Angus Reid Institute, 50% of Canadians, including youth and elderly have reported a worsening of their mental health.
- Mental health hotlines are reporting call volume increases as high as 1,000%.
- For seniors living independently in the community, increased social isolation leading to increased levels of depression and anxiety.
- Decreased availability of services in the community including support workers, community programs, transportation – having to pay more out of pocket for private alternatives e.g. meal and grocery delivery, taxis, etc.
- St. Paul’s Foundation – Supports compassionate, inspired care at all Providence Health Care hospitals and residences in BC.
- Columbus Residence – A non-profit offering services in intermediate and complex care, dementia care, and independent housing for seniors.
- Sanctuary Mental Health – A non-profit that prepares the Church to support mental wellness.
- Call volumes to domestic abuse hotlines are up 300%
- Shelters have been at full capacity throughout Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley making it difficult to seek a safe haven at this time.
- Because domestic abuse is about power and control (not necessarily anger), the order to self isolate in our homes gives many abusers the perfect opportunity to further isolate their victims from friends and family.
- Domestic Abuse Services – Assists anyone seeking safety or recovery from domestic abuse regardless of religious denomination, race, sex, or creed.
- Those battling addiction have been forced into social isolation
- Reduced access to supportive community programs necessary for recovery efforts like AA Recovery Groups, personal sponsors, volunteer programs, work programs.
- Talitha Koum – Talitha Koum empowers women with addictions to lead healthy and fulfilling lives by providing a home, a nurturing community, 12 step programming and life skills training.
- Sancta Maria House – Sancta Maria House provides a safe, structured, loving and supportive environment for women who are searching for freedom from drug or alcohol abuse.
- Luke 15 House – A safe home for men, inspired by God’s unconditional love where respect, hope, structure, and healing are found.
Homeless & Hungry
- Fewer beds and meal services are available to the homeless and hungry
- Single mothers and their children are among the most financially vulnerable during a short period of joblessness: more than half of them (56%) are at-risk of not being able to make ends meet even after selling their liquid assets and using other private sources of income.
- Men’s Hostel – Provides shelter for transient or destitute men, modelling the caring and compassionate spirit of Jesus Christ.
- Door is Open – Lessens the social alienation of the poor, the homeless, and the single room tenants of Vancouver by funneling the community resources available to us.
- St Vincent De Paul – Vancouver Central Council – To live the Gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect. justice, and joy.
- Missionaries Sisters of Charity – Our AIM is to quench the infinite thirst of Jesus Christ on the Cross for love of Souls.
- Agape Street Ministries – That all women who work in prostitution and or suffer from addictions will hear Jesus’ message of Love and open their hearts to His healing power
- Catholic Street Ministries – Develops young lay missionaries to reach out to the margins of society.
Ministries and Outreach
The crucial work of Ministries and Outreach continues as our parishes adapt to a new normal.
Pastoral care and support, sacramental outreach
Youth and Young Adult Ministry
Parish youth ministry formation training and support
Alpha, Discover Discipleship, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, PREP
Family Life Programs
Parenting and Marriage Enrichment, Theology of the Body
Refugee settlement, migrant farm workers and anti-human trafficking
Provides support to prisoners, former inmates and to families/victims impacted by crime
Supports ministry programs for Indigenous, Filipino, Chinese, and Hispanic peoples.
How to Give
Make your donation on our secure website and designate your parish as the recipient. You can make a monthly or one-time gift.
Please contact your local Parish office as they are prepared to take your donation in-person or by phone.
You can donate publicly traded securities, bonds or mutual funds as a tax efficient way of contributing to Project Advance.
To consider the Project Advance Annual Appeal now and in your future giving plans, please contact Henrietta Lam, our Gift Planning Officer at 604-683-0281, ext 50316.
Frequently Asked Questions
The theme for this year’s appeal is ‘Our Catholic Response to the Crisis’. This year, responding to the needs of our Archdiocese arising from the pandemic a Crisis Response Fund has been established. These funds will be allocated to Catholic organizations responding to these new areas of need.
The current plan is that Project Advance will officially launch in parishes during Fall 2020. Until then, donations will be accepted online, or by calling your parish office. We are not yet share as to what restrictions will be in place for the Fall so the format of launch is subject to those limitations. Regardless, your parish project that will be funded through the parish rebate will be communicated at the time by your parish.
Each parish in the Archdiocese is assessed a financial goal for Project Advance. Once that goal has been reached, all additional gifts (less the parish’s share of expenses) is returned to the parish for its own use. For example, parishes have used the rebate to pay down debts, expand their buildings, replace equipment, etc. To date, an astounding $98 million dollars has been rebated to our parishes. The Project Advance rebate is not subject to the cathedraticum tax.
Yes, using your credit card, you can make a one-time donation or monthly donation credited to the parish of your choice by clicking here now.
All other Project Advance tax receipts are printed in January and sent to the parishes so they can be distributed along with the parish receipt in February.
The transactions will be processed either on the 14th or the 28th of each month. You may indicate your preference on the pledge card. Otherwise your payment will be processed as soon as possible.
One-time Online Donation tax receipts are available immediately after the donation is processed. Donors are sent an email which includes a link as to where they can retrieve their receipt. Please note that installment payments are receipted at year end with the others. All other Project Advance tax receipts are printed in January and sent to the parishes so they can be distributed along with the parish receipt in February.
You should call both the parish and the Project Advance Office and let them know your new address. If you receive a reminder notice with an old address, please make the necessary changes on the reminder notice and return it to our office.
Call the Project Advance Office at 604-683-0281 and we will issue a replacement.
Yes, but we don’t encourage it for security reasons. It is impossible to trace a cash gift. Ask for a receipt whenever giving cash.