In our community, about 30-40 people volunteer their time to come to the Jacob's Well space for one afternoon or evening a week, to participate in our friendship-building work, to share life and learn from the people of the DTES. Instead of calling them volunteers, we call them community members or team members, because joining Jacob's Well involves a deeper commitment than most volunteer positions. Due to the relational emphasis of our work we require a minimum one year commitment, although we sometimes make exceptions.
We believe that God calls the church to engage with those on the margins and we’re committed to equipping others in the DTES neighbourhood and beyond to pursue justice and friendship in their own contexts. As we are committed to investing in long-term friendships with our friends in the neighbourhood, we do not encourage drop-in volunteering. However, we do offer a number of options for learning in our community:
Life on the Margins Weekend Workshop
Twice a year we offer a weekend workshop where we explore God’s heart for people living on the margins of society. We wrestle with hard questions and draw out truths from both Old and New Testaments on justice, the gospel, and friendship across socioeconomic barriers, as well as sharing our experiences from life in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.
Next Workshop: March 22-23, 2019
Teaching + Immersion Learning
We offer groups visiting the Downtown Eastside the opportunity for immersion learning in our space. If you’d like to bring a small team to share an in-depth experience of our community over a week, we offer Immersion Learning in which we use teaching times, films, and hands-on practice to challenge and equip people to engage their lives with the marginalized, and to consider authentic ways to show God’s love in a broken world. Groups of 12 or less are welcomed to apply to join us for a week of study.
Can’t come to us? We can come to you! Contact us if you are interested in having a staff member visit your church or community to share about our work in the Downtown Eastside.