Creations for Crabtree Corner: local jewellery designer supports YWCA Crabtree Corner
Benée Rubin is a long-time resident on Vancouver’s Eastside and feels a deep connection to the community and its residents.
Benée wanted to use her talent as a master goldsmith and designer to help the women and children in her own neighbourhood. As an enthusiastic supporter of the YWCA, and a single mother herself, she knew Crabtree Corner was the perfect fit.
“I was so moved when I visited Crabtree Corner and I just knew I had to do something to help the women and children,” said Rubin. “I don’t think there’s anything that says East Van better than the decades old East Van Cross. The idea of interpreting it for my Creations for Crabtree Corner was natural.”
A community like no other
Crabtree Corner is unique because it houses a range of programs and services under one roof and is run by many dedicated staff and volunteers who have come through the program themselves. Women may start by dropping in to the community kitchen for a free, nutritious meal, and move their way up the building, accessing child care, housing, support groups and violence prevention services.
On any given day, you’ll see women and children come and go, visiting with staff and volunteers or giving back to their communities through volunteering.
The goal of Crabtree Corner is to help marginalized women and families living in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside feel safer and less isolated, be healthier and more empowered to make positive choices.
Show your support!
Benée Rubin’s East Van Cross jewellery collection is available for sale online. For each purchase you make, 10% of the proceeds will go towards Crabtree Corner’s programs and services.
Mark your calendar
Join us on November 17th for the launch of Creations for Crabtree Corner from 6:00pm-8:30pm at the Catalog Art Gallery (2061, Second Floor at 88 West Pender Street – International Village Mall). For more information and to rsvp, please visit Benée’s facebook page.