History

Richmond Family Place HistoryView a Powerpoint presentation of Richmond Family Place's history.

Richmond Family Place was established in 1979 with the purpose of offering support to families in the Richmond community. The society's earliest supporters included the City of Richmond, the Women's Resource Centre, Jewish Women International (B'nai Brith) and the Richmond Jaycees.

The goal and mission of Richmond Family Place was the same then as it is today - to acknowledge and support those parents who are rearing our most precious resources - the children of Richmond. Richmond Family Place was the first fully inclusive family focused program in Richmond.

 

Newspaper Article

Richmond Review, Friday, March 28, 1980:

IN PREPARATION for the construction of Richmond Family Place, sod was turned in Minoru Park by, from left, Richmond MLA Jim Nielsen, Mayor, Gil Blair, Jim Lysher, President of the Richmond Family Place Society and past President of Richmond Jaycees, Sharon Handelsman of B'nai B'rith and Naomi Lis of the Richmond Women's Centre.

Construction is expected to start by April 1st, with opening scheduled for late June. The provincial government and municipality are assisting with establishment of the new facility for families.

Logo Design

Richmond Review, Wednesday, April 23, 1980:

WINNING LOGO to identify the Richmond Family Place was designed by Alex Caldwell, centre, who received a $50 gift certificate from merchants of Richmond Square presented by Larissa Riddle, the Square's Promotion Manager. Holding the Family Place letterhead with logo is Brenda Greenberg, who said the winning entry was chosen for "its good representation of the concept of a family place." The centre is being construction in Minoru Park on Gilbert Road, the logo is at right.

 

Construction

 

Wednesday, July 30, 1980:

Work is underway for the new drop-in centre, Richmond Family Place, near Minoru Chapel.

Opening

Friday June 27, 1980:

A WELCOME spot for Richmond people to relax in Minoru Park near the Minoru Chapel, Family Place will have facilities for care of children while parents talk together, have coffee or just sit; where seniors can meet others of their own age or any age and the welcome mat will always be out. Nearing completion Family Place Society is looking for badly needed furniture and substantial toys as well as appliances and other necessities. Anyone who can help out is asked to phone 271-1767, -271-1798, 274-8881 or 271-9851.

Ribbon Cutting

Richmond Review, Wednesday, October 1, 1980:

NOVEL RIBBON for cutting to open the long-awaited Family Place in Minoru Park near Minoru Chapel, is clipped with scissors by three who represent the young generation for whom Family Place is largely designed (along with their parents). The new building is a joint effort of the municipal and provincial governments, the Jaycees and other municipal benefactors who have contributed some furnishings. From left, doing the honours at the official opening Sunday were, Valerie Levitt, Lori Lis and Allison Handelsman

The Family Place Thrift Store was established in 1985.

In 1999 RFP was given a 3-year lease extension to continue operating at its Gilbert Road location

In 2000 RFP received a United Way grant to conduct a poverty report card for Richmond which found 20,000 Richmond residents living below the poverty line.

In 2002 RFP received a grant from the Vancouver Sun Children’s fund to establish programming in East Richmond and a grant from Vancouver Coastal Health SMART Fund to provide a parenting peer support program ‘Parent Connections’. Family Place began discussions with the City about the need to expand.

December 2006 Richmond Family Place concluded a deal with the City of Richmond to relocate to DeBeck House

In 2007, RFP secured the Mobile Childminding program, received a $40K Hub grant from the Ministry of Children & Family Development to establish a neighbourhood hub at Grauer Elementary, received a one-tIme only grant from United Way to provide a weekly dad &child breakfast program (which is now provided by ongoing fundraising ), started a 2nd social enterprise project – birthday party rentals and held the 1st pub night fundraiser which made $3,000.

 

Debeck House Opening

MLA Linda Reid and Mayor Malcolm Brodie at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On December 8 2007 Richmond Family Place moved to Debeck House at 8660 Ash St; located a mere 2km from our previous Gilbert Road location. After 28 years at Gilbert Road, Debeck House was able to provide Family Place with much more space for our programs and services.

2008 The Richmond Early Years Bridging Project began

In 2009 Richmond Family Place implemented a weekly play and learn dinner program for families, established summer programs at Grauer and Anderson elementary schools and won the Distinguished Service Award Commitment to Quality from the BC association of Family Resource Programs

2010 saw Family Place's first golf tournament fundraiser which raised just over $4,500.  Richmond Family Place established outreach locations at Brighouse Library and Steveston Community Centre thanks to a grant from the Vancouver Foundation and the Richmond Early Years Bridging program enhanced its mandate to include refugee families with children 6-12.