Open Your Heart – New Evolution of Wise Storytelling, project led by RainCity Housing and Support Society

The New Evolution of Wise Storytelling project, led by RainCity Housing and Support Society, created opportunities for marginalized communities in Vancouver to tell first person stories through local media outlets, supporting more accurate, cohesive reporting on complex issues of poverty, mental health, and/or substance use, and helping reinforce a sense of self-worth for those coming forward.

Impacting 200 individuals, the legacy of this project includes improved public awareness of mental health, reduced social exclusion and discrimination, and increased media literacy and socially-inclusive reporting in the media. The project lives on through the Open Your Heart app, an interactive application developed by project partner, Work at Play, and RainCity Housing, to illustrate the importance of support and acceptance.