Frequently Asked Questions

Can I volunteer?
Where do you get your funding?
What do you DO at Jacob’s Well?
Can I bring a team to help out for a few hours or even a whole day?
Are you a registered charity?
When can I drop by to see what you are doing?
Who runs Jacob’s Well?
Can I donate second hand items?
Is Jacob’s Well a church?

Answers

Can I volunteer?

For more information on volunteering please look here.

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Where do you get your funding?

For more information on our finances please look here.

What do you DO at Jacob’s Well?

For more information on what we DO please look here.

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Can I bring a team to help out for a few hours or a even a whole day?

Our goal at Jacob’s Well is to build long-term friendships with people, and as you might imagine, this is very hard for a short-term mission team to help with.  Most teams come wanting to serve us, but when cleaning and repairs are needed in our space, we like to reserve them for our own community members, so they have a chance to build friendships over shared work.

Having said that, we’d really love to meet your team.  We think it is a really healthy thing for teams to spend some of their time in the DTES in a posture of learning and receiving from people who live in the DTES, rather than spending all of their time focused on giving and serving.  This can help combat some of the power imbalances present in the DTES, where the folks who live in the DTES are always receivers, dependent on people coming in from the outside, and the people who come from outside the DTES are always the givers.  If your team is willing to come with a receptive, learning posture (rather than expecting to be useful and serve us!), we would be more than willing to host your team for 1-2 hours of discussion and teaching about the neighbourhood, our community, and the theology behind what we do and who we are.  You might also get the chance to interact with members of our community over coffee.

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. For more information on Immersion Learning click email info@jacobswell.ca

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Are you a registered charity?

Yes and therefore we can issue tax receipts  Our BN# is 884667916-RR0001.

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Can I drop by to see what you are doing?

Because we are sometimes out visiting people, it’s a good idea to arrange a time with us in advance.  Please contact us by phone 604-681-4898 or email info@jacobswell.ca to set up a good time to stop by.

We want to be clear, though, that we don’t operate on a drop-in volunteer basis.  We welcome you to come once or twice to get a feel for our community, but after that, if you still want to hang out, we ask that you consider joining our community for a minimum of a year.  We’re trying to build a community of people who are here every week, so they can build long-term friendships and be held accountable to our values, and so our friends can trust that the people they’re getting to know at Jacob’s Well are people who will be around for a while.

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Who runs Jacob’s Well?

A competent leadership team several interns, and many community members create a thriving community at Jacob’s Well.

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Can I donate second hand items?

We have a limited number of second hand item needs. For a list and ideas of where to give your other things please look here.

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Is Jacob’s Well a church?

Good question. Although we share many practices of church, we are not a church. We are a parachurch community that draws together people from many different denominations so that together, we can practice loving and being loved by people in the DTES.  We encourage our community members to participate in a local church, and to share what they are learning at Jacob’s Well with their congregations.