The Volunteer Spirit is Born –The Early Years (1996 to 2000)
The Multicultural Helping House Society – Expanding the Reach (2001 and present)
With new programs and expanded community reach, the FCSSS was renamed to the Multicultural Helping House Society (MHHS) in 2001. Along with it, the Bamboo network – a 100% volunteer-coordinated effort with mentors – was established. In 2003, MHHS inaugurated its main centre on Fraser and 32nd Avenue as a one-stop shop to serve its clients. The 3 story building hosts temporary accommodations for newly landed immigrants, respite housing, as well as staff offices, rooms for meetings, counseling, and training/workshops. The expanded support services include settlement, job assistance, and programs for the youth, seniors and families.
Once the Society’s services outgrew its facility, a second office was established by 2009. The second site hosts the Fast Track employment services program, workshops for EI clients, skills development programs, job creation partnerships, targeted wage subsidies and self-employment assistance.
With financial support coming from all three levels of government – Federal, Provincial and municipal – the Society expanded its main center in 2010.
By January 2011, the Society inaugurated of its expanded offices. It continues to draw interest from clients and volunteers, and goes on to evolve its programs to suit the needs of the community it aims to serve.