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Our Vision

Jacob's Well is a faith based non-profit located in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.
We seek mutually transformative friendship and equip others to do the same in their own context.

Jacob’s Well is a “living room space” in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.  It is a place where community members gather to give and receive friendship and support. It is where friends become family. We come together to celebrate the good and lament the bad. At Jacob’s Well we support each other as we laugh and cry.

Jacob’s Well is a faith-based non profit. We welcome all who come to our door. There is room for everyone at our table. Jacob’s Well is a small place, making big differences, in our community member’s lives.

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Our Values

Hospitality 

We welcome everyone to join us.
We pursue community, radical inclusion, and table fellowship
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Friendship/Mutuality 

We do life together.
We aim for interdependence, collaboration, and shared creativity.

Spiritual Formation 

We want every person to find space, to seek and participate, as they are able.
We practice rhythms of prayer, worship, visitation, celebration, and equipping.

Pursuing Justice

We strive to impact change in the ways that systems and practice are at odds with a higher standard of good.
We seek restored, right relationships between each other, God, and the world.

Downtown Eastside (DTES)

The Downtown Eastside (DTES) is the oldest neighbourhood in Vancouver, and is also very complicated.  The neighbourhood is home to about 18,500 residents, many of whom face the difficult realities of poverty (poorest off-reserve postal code in North America), addiction (4700 injection drug users with high rates of HIV and Hepatitis C), mental illness (at least 1 in 5 residents diagnosed, many more undiagnosed), and inadequate housing (4000 underhoused in SRO buildings, at least 800 homeless).  It is also a neighbourhood where all kinds of people feel welcome and included, no matter how they look, where they’ve been, or what they’re struggling with.  The DTES is full of beautiful, creative, kind, hospitable, resilient people who bear the image of God.  Jacob’s Well is located right in the heart of this neighbourhood.  We like it here, and we think it’s where Jesus might hang out if He were in Vancouver today.

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