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Mission Possible


Mission Possible transforms lives through meaningful work. We walk alongside people facing barriers to employment by providing supportive, transitional work experience and community for those who are ready to enter the workforce.

It can be difficult to build a sustainable livelihood for people overcoming homelessness, poverty, substance use, or other barriers like physical or mental disabilities.

Through our Employment Readiness Program and two social enterprises, Mission Possible transforms lives by helping people experience a renewed sense of dignity and purpose.

Our Values

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We are fully committed to our mission, work tirelessly to achieve it, and turn challenges into opportunities through innovation.

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We affirm the skills and abilities others have and give them the opportunity to exercise those through mutual accountability.

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We believe in second chances, are sensitive to trauma and possess a strong desire for everyone to experience dignity and belonging.

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We are confident about what we know, honest about what we don’t, and resist a savior complex. We have no room for egos.

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We help others access the resources they need and recognize our own role in contributing to our mission.


Our History


Mission Possible has been transforming lives through meaningful work for more than three decades. We help people navigate the complex maze of challenges to find lasting change—whether those obstacles be major life trauma, low income, living with disabilities, homelessness, substance use or other barriers to employment.

What began as a faith-based humanitarian agency in 1992 has since evolved into a full-scope community economic development agency—a charity focused on creating lasting change rather than exclusively meeting basic needs.

A cornerstone of this focus is our innovative Employment Readiness Program, which is built to bridge precarious life situations with stable employment. The program provides coaching, training and on-the-job work experience through two social enterprises, called MP Maintenance and MP Neighbours, which employ an average of 90 people per year. These transitional jobs foster self-learning and confidence while paving a path to future success—allowing people to transform their lives and experience a renewed sense of empowerment and purpose.








Our Staff

Matt Smedley

Matthew Smedley

Chief Empowerment Officer
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Jasmine Allen

Director of Partnerships
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Chris Ward

Director of Opportunities
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Tara Chang-Swanson

Director of Programs
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Ida Wang

Manager of Administration

Please direct any inquires to the appropriate team!

General Inquires - office@mission-possible.ca
Employment Readiness Program - erp@mission-possible.ca
Fundraising and Communications - development@mission-possible.ca
Becoming an Employer - hire@mission-possible.ca
MP Maintenance Services - info@mpmaintenance.ca
Power Breakfast - pb@mission-possible.ca

Our Board of Directors

Our Supporters


You make the difference. Mission Possible relies on the generosity and trust of people like you to propel our life-changing programs forward.

With your support, we can offer coaching, training, meaningful and low-barrier transitional employment, a weekly meal program, and other opportunities to empower lives in the Downtown Eastside.

Thank you for rallying around the community and helping transform lives through meaningful work.
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Our Food Security Partners


To find out how you or your organization can become involved, click here to discover what support Mission Possible needs now, or contact our team at development@mission-possible.ca

Annual Reports

Mission Possible Annual Report 2022-2023

As inflation swells, the cost of living skyrockets in Vancouver, and social assistance fails to meet people’s needs,...
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Mission Possible Annual Report 2021-2022

This past year, we saw 43% more people begin work in our social enterprises - and with great tenacity, propel their...

Mission Possible Annual Report 2020-2021

Mission Possible has always trusted that working, works. Never has that wisdom been tested more than last year. The...