Victoria & Area Community Resources

Please note this is a summary list of local organizations. For a descriptive list of resources, please e-mail programs@womeninneed.ca. To see the list arranged alphabetically, click here.

Or, browse the following categories:

Transition houses

Resources for First Nations

Resources for youth

Resources for seniors

Addiction

Childcare

Clothing

Counseling

Employment

Household goods

Housing

Legal advice and advocacy

Overnight shelter

Emergency Food

Locally Produced Food

Cooperatives

Victoria & Area Housing Resources and Referrals

Burnside-Gorge Community Association
471 Cecelia Rd
250-388-5251
info@burnsidegorge.ca
www.burnsidegorge.ca

Capital Region Housing Corporation
631 Fisgard St
250-388-6422
http://www.crd.bc.ca/housing/

Casa Maria Emergency Housing Society
12-1241 Balmoral Rd
250-386-7291
Subsidized housing for families who are in crisis/displaced.
clbc.cioc.ca/record/CLB2540


Community Living Victoria
3861 Cedar Hill Cross Road
250-477-7231
Employment services, housing and advocacy services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families including in-home assistance for parents with disabilities.
www.communitylivingvictoria.ca/index.php

Cool Aid
102-749 Pandora Avenue (admin office)
250-383-1977
Can refer clients to most services they need. Provides assistance with health care at community health and dental clinic (low-coast or free), has a community casual labour pool, downtown activity centre with internet access, coffee in the AM, games and other activities, REES (Research, Education, Employment and Support) Network- for people with mental illness & their family members which provides training, peer support, opportunities for education, community integration, and life enrichment.
http://www.coolaid.org

Co-Operative Housing Federation of BC, Victoria Office
330-1105 Pandora Ave
250-384-9444
islandinfo@chf.bc.ca
Provides info on co-operative housing, list of co-op housing units in Victoria, and support for existing co-operatives.
http://www.chf.bc.ca/index.asp

Cridge Centre for the Family
1307 Hillside ave
250-384-8058
mgoley@cridge.org
The Cridge Transition House for Women 250-479-3963 24 HR EMERGENCY NUMBER
Provider of: emergency shelter and second-stage program for women/children leaving an abusive partner, counseling and support for families in residence including children's and family counseling, supportive transitional housing (lower than market rents) for families transitioning from crisis and instability to self-sufficiency, seniors' housing, childcare, support/housing/community-building for people living with brain injuries, and respite care referral service for parents of children with disabilities.
http://www.cridge.org/

Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group
1240 Gladstone Ave
250-381-1552
info@fernwoodnrg.ca
Recreation programs, family support services/programs,housing referrals, childcare, Best Babies prenatal nutrition program.
www.fernwoodnrg.ca/

Independent Living Housing Society of Greater Victoria
101-367 Burnside Road East
250-383-2524
info@ilhs.ca
Provides homes and support to people with physical and/or cognitive disabilities that maintain and enhance independent lifestyles.
http://www.ilhs.ca/

Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria
930 Balmoral Rd
250-388-4728
info@icavictoria.org
Support, information, and referral for Immigrants and Refugees in areas such as Employment, Health Care, Human Rights, Housing, Education (adults and school-aged children), Canadian Law, Income Tax, Child Care & Family Concerns, Social Benefits, Citizenship, Community Resources, Dealing with Isolation and Culture Shock. Support groups available for immigrant and refugee women, men, seniors, and youth. Individual and family support for newcomers. Interpretation and translation services available. 
www.icavictoria.org/

Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter (KEYS)
2117 Vancouver St.
250-386-8282
keys@vyes.ca
Emergency overnight shelter for youth ages 13-18 with no safe place to stay- up to 5 nights with consent of legal guardian. Housing referrals, counseling, advocacy, and family support services available as well.
http://www.vyes.ca/keys.html

M'akola Housing Society
3016 Cedar Hill Rd
250-384-1423
Affordable housing for First Nations families living off-reserve in urban areas of Vancouver Island.
www.makola.bc.ca/index.html

Pacifica Housing Advisory Association
827 Fisgard St
250-385-2131
pacifica@pacificahousing.ca 
Good quality rental housing for low income families and persons with disabilities through the British Columbian non-profit Rental Housing Program (funded by BC government), and outreach services for the homeless and "hard-to-house" in downtown Victoria.
http://www.pacificahousing.ca/

PEERS Victoria Resource Society
1-744 Fairview Road
250-388-5325
info@peers.bc.ca
Resource society for sex trade workers. Late-night mobile outreach includes warm beverages and foods, access to nurse & doctor and other services. Offer assistance with: finding housing/emergency shelter, transition to other work (6-month program and some scholarships available).
http://www.peers.bc.ca

Quadra Village Community Centre
901 Kings Rd
250-388-7696
Family and parenting groups and support, free clothing and small housewares, toy lending library for program participants, assistance with food access and a community hot lunch Thursdays for $3
www.quadravillagecc.com

Salvation Army
2695 Quadra (250-386-8521) – community office
595 Johnson (250-384-3396)—downtown location.
Offers assistance with meals, food hampers, clothing and household goods, employment services, housing referrals, counseling, advocacy, emergency shelter (men only), emergency travel vouchers and bus tickets, and chapel services.
www.salvationarmy.ca/

Seniors Serving Seniors
109-1022 Pandora
250-382-4331
info@seniorsservingseniors.bc.ca
Provides information on resources for housing, legal and financial concerns.
http://www.seniorsservingseniors.bc.ca/

Threshold Housing Society
1524 Fort St. Victoria, B.C V8S 5J2
250-383-8830
assist@thresholdhousing.ca 
Threshold Housing offers transitional housing for youth, aged 16-22, who are at-risk of being homeless. Threshold exists to serve youth from across Vancouver Island through a program towards independence. Providing programming, housing, positive role models and constructive support that help youth in our community navigate the challenges of school, work, relationships and life. 
www.thresholdhousing.ca

Victoria Human Exchange
250-382-2762 (pager)
vhesvic@victoria.bc.ca
Offers temporary housing for marginalized individuals who are not using drugs/alcohol and not working in the sex trade.
www.humanx.org

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society
3rd flr, 637 Bay St
250-361-9433
info@vircs.bc.ca
Offers assistance with clothing needs, employment services, housing referrals, counseling, and childcare referrals, a free legal clinic, settlement workers who help with immigration and citizenship and translation/interpretation, youth programs and free computer classes.
http://www.vircs.bc.ca

Victoria Lesbian Seniors Care Society
250-383-5144 Ext. 3087
info@vlsc.ca
Resources include community-building through social events and community support/care and housing referrals.
http://vlscs.ca/

Victoria Native Friendship Centre
231 Regina Avenue
250-384-3211
online@vnfc.ca 
Aims to provide First Nations people with services and information designed to enhance traditional values and cultures. Includes a food box program, housing referrals, counseling, access to medical advice, and other referrals.
http://www.vnfc.ca/

Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre
602 Gorge Rd East
250-385-1114
Trevor@1-up.ca
Offers clothing, some household goods, counseling, parenting programs and support groups, a waiting list for washers and dryers, and housing referrals.
www.singleparentvictoria.ca

Victoria Youth Empowerment Society (YES)
533 Yates St
250-383-3514
office_manager@vyes.ca
Offers meals, shelter, employment services, housing referrals, counseling, advocacy, laundry facilities, showers, a mental health liaison, liaison for sexually exploited youth, family support for caregivers in crisis, specialized youth detox and a street outreach team.
www.vyes.ca

YMCA/YWCA
851 Broughton
250-386-7511
memberservices@victoriay.com
Offers meals, emergency shelter, clothing, housing referrals, counseling services, supported independent living, a Crystal Meth Prevention Project, and mobile street outreach.
www.victoriay.com/ 

Victoria & Area First Nations Resources

First Citizens' Fund
200-506 Fort St
250-388-5582
JMacInnis@bcaafc.com
Perpetual fund established by the province of BC to enhance culture, education and economic development opportunities for First Nations people including a bursary fund, business loans, and elder transportation fund to offset cost of travel to heritage & cultural events.
www.gov.bc.ca/arr/economic/fcf/

Hulitan Social Service Society
902A Caledonia Ave
250-384-9466
admin@hulitan.ca
Counseling, advocacy/liaison services for First Nations children and families.
www.hulitan.ca

M'akola Housing Society
3016 Cedar Hill Rd
250-384-1423
Affordable housing for First Nations families living off-reserve in urban areas of Vancouver Island.
www.makola.bc.ca/index.html

Metis Community Services
345 Wale Rd
250-391-9924
reception@metis.ca
Counseling, advocacy and other support for Metis people of Vancouver Island with a focus on children & families.
www.metis.ca

NIL TU,O Child & Family Services Society
1-2475 Mt Newton Cross rd
250-544-1400
administrator@niltuo.com
Toll-free 1-888-744-1422
Provides respite care to temporarily relieve parents who are dealing with stress & challenges of parenting and in-home support for parents re: organizing & maintaining the family unit, budgeting & life skills. Advocacy and referrals also available.
www.niltuo.ca

Saanich Native Support Program
7449 West Saanich Rd
250-544-1812
Resource society for First Nations people. Offers assistance with and education about restorative justice practices, community & family conferences and fundraising. Also offers youth programs and court support.

Victoria Native Friendship Centre
231 Regina Avenue
250-384-3211
info@vnfc.ca
Aims to provide First Nations people with services and information designed to enhance traditional values and cultures. Includes a food box program, housing referrals, counseling, access to medical advice, and other referrals. The Family Services Team offers support and advocacy to those families involved, or about to be involved, with the Ministry of Children and Families.
www.vnfc.ca/ 

Victoria & Area Counseling Resources and Referrals

Adult Addictions Community Treatment Services.
2nd floor, 1250 Quadra
250-519-3544
Day and evening support groups for men and women are available as well as daytime co-ed intensive educational groups, individual counselling and gender specific intensive day treatment. Referral to other specialized programs, such as residential, supportive recovery and Victoria Withdrawal Management Services can be arranged as needed.
coolaid.org/resource/adult-addiction-community-treatment-viha-mental-health-and-addictions/

Artemis Place (female youth only)
250-598-5183
vsea@telus.net
Counseling, educational alternatives, life skills, anger management, conflict resolution tools, academic support, childcare referrals, support for substance abuse issues, for at-risk adolescent girls aged 15-19 who reside within the greater Victoria School District.
www.artemisplace.org

BC Families in Transition
812 Broughton St
250-386-4331
info@bcfit.org
Services and counseling programs available at a cost (dependent upon income) include: budgeting, "caught in the middle" group, parenting programs, and Teen Life Counseling.
www.bcfit.org

Beacon Community Services
2717 Quadra St
250-656-0134
admin@beaconcs.ca 
Counseling, advocacy/liaison, childcare referrals, emergency shelter for youth, assistance with clothing and household goods, employment services including a youth employment program, Peninsula Best Babies group for moms, Early Years services (including licensed child care) and a variety of pre-school programs & parent/kid drop-ins, other volunteer services including medical drives.
www.beaconcs.ca

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Victoria
Suite 301-1195 Esquimalt Road
250-384-9133
admin@bgcvic.org
Provides a variety of social, educational and recreational programming including licensed out-of-school care and summer camps, outdoor experiential programs, parenting support, youth leadership development, programs supporting youth at risk and youth justice programs.
www.bgcvic.org

Burnside Gorge Community Centre
471 Cecelia Rd
250-388-5251
info@burnsidegorge.ca
Provides parent and child drop in programs, a free weekly family dinner, access to a resource room with food and clothing. Support services include school and community based counselling for families who struggle with parenting (including C'Nex, designed to assist families whose children have been or may be taken into care), financial crisis and homelessness, and other barriers to meeting children's needs. Outreach services to vulnerable youth includes a program for youth transitioning from Government care to independence. Our child care programs offer Preschool, out-of-school care, winter, spring and summer day camps. The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program works with families for up to three years to increase their employment and financial skills and build savings.
http://www.burnsidegorge.ca

Citizens' Counselling Centre
941 Kings Rd
250-384-9934
info@citizenscounseling.com
Individual, couples and group counselling for adults. All counselling offered on a sliding fee scale, based on family income and provided by trained and supervised volunteer counsellors.
http://citizenscounselling.com

Community Living Victoria
3861 Cedar Hill Cross Road
250-477-7231
Employment services, housing referrals, counseling and advocacy services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families including in-home assistance for parents with disabilities.
http://www.communitylivingvictoria.ca/index.php

Cool Aid
102-749 Pandora Avenue (admin office)
250-385-1466
Can refer clients to most services they need. Provides assistance with health care at community health and dental clinic (low-coast or free), has a community casual labour pool, downtown activity centre with internet access, coffee in the AM, games and other activities, REES (Research, Education, Employment and Support) Network- for people with mental illness & their family members which provides training, peer support, opportunities for education, community integration, and life enrichment.
http://www.coolaid.org

Cridge Centre for the Family
1307 Hillside ave
250-384-8058
mgoley@cridge.org 
Provider of supportive transitional housing (lower than market rents) for families transitioning from crisis and instability to self-sufficiency, counseling and support for families in residence including children's and family counseling, seniors' housing, childcare, support/housing/community-building for people living with brain injuries, and respite care referral service for parents of children with disabilities.
http://www.cridge.org/

Elderly Outreach Service
250-519-3566
Elderly outreach service provides assessment, treatment and follow-up services for adults over the age of 65 who are experiencing late-onset mental health challenges. Elderly outreach services provides education to families, caregivers, homemakers, Long-Term Care staff and physicians about the care and treatment of elderly persons with mental illness. Individuals or families can access this service without a referral.
coolaid.org/resource/elderly-outreach-service-vancouver-island-health-authority/

Esquimalt Military Family Resource Center
PO box 17000 Station Forces
250-363-2640
mfrc@shawcable.com
24hr info line: 250-363-2640
Provides support for military families during emergencies including short-term intervention and crisis support and assistance with the creation of an Emergency Childcare Plan. Also provides short-term counseling and self-help groups, referrals, and assistance with childcare.
http://www.esquimaltmfrc.com/

Foundation House (Men only)
536 Cecilia Rd
250-480-1342
foundationhouse@shaw.ca
Residential recovery home/treatment program for men aged 18+ who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction-stay 3-12 months at an accessible cost.
foundationhouse.ca/

Hulitan Social Service Society
902A Caledonia Ave
250-384-9466
admin@hulitan.ca
Counseling, advocacy/liaison services for First Nations children and families.
http://www.hulitan.ca/

Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria
930 Balmoral Rd
250-388-4728
info@icavictoria.org
Support, information, and referral for Immigrants and Refugees in areas such as Employment, Health Care, Human Rights, Housing, Education (adults and school-aged children), Canadian Law, Income Tax, Child Care & Family Concerns, Social Benefits, Citizenship, Community Resources, Dealing with Isolation and Culture Shock. Support groups available for immigrant and refugee women, men, seniors, and youth. Individual and family support for newcomers. Interpretation and translation services available. 
http://www.icavictoria.org

James Bay Community Project
547 Michigan St.
250-388-7844
askus@jbcp.ca
Food hampers, low-cost hot meals, public computer access, community library, seniors' group, parent/child drop-in groups, primary health care centre.
jbcp.bc.ca/

John Howard Society of Victoria
2675 Bridge St
250-386-3428
jhs.administration@jhsvic.ca
BladeRunners Program for women and men  aged 17 to 30 interested in working in construction or hospitality. Cannot be EI eligible, in school or working. Provides safety training, life skills and employment support. Kidstart Mentoring Program for youth at risk of criminal involvement. Promotes opportunities to engage in healthy activities. Community Justice Initiatives is an innovative out of court process based on Restorative Justice practices. Referrals come from Saanich police. Community Outreach and Drop-In Referral Services provides referral/information services to prisoners and ex-prisoners, their families and the general public.
www.johnhoward.victoria.bc.ca/

Men's Trauma Centre (male only)
102-1022 Pandora Ave.
250-381-6367
info@menstrauma.com
For adult men and mature male youth who have experienced sexual abuse or other trauma. Individual and group counseling, advocacy services offered. Short-term support for loved ones/partners also available.
http://www.menstrauma.com/

Metis Community Services
345 Wale Rd
250-391-9924
reception@metis.ca
Counseling, advocacy and other support for Metis people of Vancouver Island with a focus on children & families.
www.metis.ca

NIL TU,O Child and Family Services Society 

1-2475 Mt Newton Cross rd
250-544-1400
administrator@niltuo.com
Toll-free 1-888-744-1422
Provides respite care to temporarily relieve parents who are dealing with stress & challenges of parenting and in-home support for parents re: organizing & maintaining the family unit, budgeting & life skills. Advocacy and referrals also available.
www.niltuo.ca

Pacific Centre Family Services Association
250-478-8357
pacificcenter@pcfsa.org
email youth counseling at youthtalk@pcfsa.org.
Employment, counseling, and advocacy services available, including programs for youth & families, women who have experienced abuse and men who have behaved abusively in an intimate relationship. Also offers crisis intervention and drug and alcohol outpatient treatment. email youth counseling at youthtalk@pcfsa.org.
www.pacificcentrefamilyservices.org

Phoenix Community Services
250-383-4821
admin@phoenixhumanservices.org
Provides child/youth and adult day programs, a family development program, an adoptions and guardianship program which supports children who are permanently in the care of MCFD, and community living programs which include but are not limited to community access, social and communication skill development, behaviour management, life skills, advocacy, transition planning support, and parenting support.
http://phoenixhumanservices.org

PEERS Victoria Resource Centre
250-388-5325
info@peers.bc.ca
Resource society for sex trade workers. Late-night mobile outreach includes warm beverages and foods, access to nurse & doctor and other services. Offer assistance with: finding housing/emergency shelter, transition to other work (6-month program and some scholarships available).
http://www.peers.bc.ca

Quadra Village Community Centre
901 Kings Rd
250-388-7696
Family and parenting groups and support, free clothing and small housewares, toy lending library for program participants, assistance with food access and a community hot lunch Thursdays for $3
www.quadravillagecc.com

Saanich Neighbourhood Place
3100 Tillicum Rd (Pearkes Recreation Centre)
250-360-1148
sn-place@telus.net
Offers a clothing exchange, emergency food cupboard, resource library, parenting programs, pre-and-post-natal programs and family drop-in time and activities.
www.saanichneighbourhoodplace.com/

Salvation Army
2695 Quadra (250-386-8521) – community office
595 Johnson (250-384-3396)—downtown location.
info@salvationarmycfs.com
Offers assistance with meals, food hampers, clothing and household goods, employment services, housing referrals, counseling, advocacy, emergency shelter (men only), emergency travel vouchers and bus tickets, and chapel services.
www.salvationarmy.ca/

Sooke Crisis and Referral Centre
2043 Church Rd
250-642-0215
slarke@sfrs.ca
Offers food hampers and resource referrals.

Vancouver Island Crisis Line
1-888-494-3888
24 hr crisis information and resources line
www.cvics.ca

VictimLINK
1-800-563-0808
24 hr multilingual phone line for victims of any crime. Offers crisis support and referrals, information on the justice system, resources, victim services.

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society
3rd flr, 637 Bay St
250-361-9433
info@vircs.bc.ca
Offers assistance with clothing needs, employment services, housing referrals, counseling, and childcare referrals, a free legal clinic, settlement workers who help with immigration and citizenship and translation/interpretation, youth programs and free computer classes.
http://www.vircs.bc.ca

Victoria Innovative Seniors Treatment Approach (VISTA)
2828 Nanaimo St.
250-953-3966
Resources for older adults dealing with day-to-day problems of alcohol and other drugs including prescription, elder abuse issues, and mental health issues.
clbc.cioc.ca/record/CLB2503

Victoria Native Friendship Centre
231 Regina Avenue
250-384-3211
info@vnfc.ca
Aims to provide First Nations people with services and information designed to enhance traditional values and cultures. Includes a food box program, housing referrals, counseling, access to medical advice, and other referrals.

Victoria Pregnancy Centre
112 - 826 North Park Street
250-380-6883
info@victoriapregnancy.org
Committed to helping both men and women before, during, and after pregnancies. Services include pregnancy tests, pregnancy options counselling, childbirth education classes, maternity wear, baby clothes & supplies, support groups as well as grief counselling for post abortion & pregnancy loss. 
www.victoriapregnancy.org

Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre
602 Gorge Rd East
250-385-1114
info@singleparentvictoria.ca
Offers clothing, some household goods, counseling, parenting programs and support groups, a waiting list for washers and dryers, and housing referrals.
www.singleparentvictoria.ca

Victoria Sexual Assault Centre
511-620 View St
250-383-3232 – CRISIS/INFO LINE
2502-383-5545
vwsac@vwsac.com
Offers counseling and advocacy, sexual assault response team, hospital and court accompaniment to women who have experienced sexual assault. Also runs a prevention program for youth.
vwsac.com/

Victoria Youth Empowerment Society (YES)
533 Yates St
250-383-3514
office_manager@vyes.ca
Offers meals, shelter, employment services, housing referrals, counseling, advocacy, laundry facilities, showers, a mental health liaison, liaison for sexually exploited youth, family support for caregivers in crisis, specialized youth detox and a street outreach team.
www.vyes.ca

YMCA/YWCA
851 Broughton
250-386-7511
memberservices@victoriay.com
Offers meals, emergency shelter, clothing, housing referrals, counseling services, supported independent living, a Crystal Meth Prevention Project, and mobile street outreach.
www.victoriay.com/

Women’s Peer Support Group
Fernwood Community Centre (1240 Gladstone Ave, Victoria BC
info@stigmafreezone.com
Our free, drop-in group meets every Tuesday from 7-8:30pm. We offer a place of community and acceptance for women ages 25+ who live with a mental health condition such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety, and/or depression. New participants welcome any time.

Victoria & Area Transition Houses

Margaret Laurence House
250-995-0058
Safe, supportive second-stage housing up to one year for women with children who have left an abusive partner, are out of acute crisis and be free of or in recovery for substance abuse. Counseling and advocacy/liaison services available, also available to women who are unable to get in due to limited space.
www.margaretlaurencehouse.org/

Sooke Transition House
250-642-2591
250-480-5461- 24HR EMERGENCY PAGER
Shelter for women and children leaving an abusive partner. In-house support available during daytime hours.
www.sooketransitionhousesociety.com/Welcome.html

The Cridge Transtion House for Women
250-479-3963 24 HR EMERGENCY NUMBER
Emergency shelter and second stage program for women/children leaving an abusive partner, counseling and support for families in residence including children's and family counseling.
www.cridge.org/cthw/

Victoria Women's Transition House
info@vwth.bc.ca
250-385-6611- 24HR CRISIS LINE
Shelter for women and children escaping abuse includes counseling and support including individual and group, and children's. Also offers an Abused Older Women's program and a Safe Home program for older women in transition.
www.transitionhouse.net/

Victoria & Area Resources for Locally Produced Food

This page is intended to be a resource for people wishing to purchase locally grown/produced food. If you need assistance acquiring food please see the “Emergency Food” page of our resources section.

Good Food Box
250-381-1552 ext. 112
fernwoodnrg.ca/fernwood-nrg-programs/urban-sustainability/good-food-box/
Boxes of fresh local produce available monthly. $6, $12 or $18 Fruit and Veggie Box, $15 All Fruit Box, $18 Organic Box.

Saanich Organics
250-818-5807
www.saanichorganics.com
Offer a box delivery program with weekly or biweekly delivery of organic and local fruit, vegetables and eggs

Share Organics
250-595-6729
comments@shareorganics.bc.ca
www.shareorganics.bc.ca/
Delivers boxes of (mostly) local produce at varying price ranges

The Lifecycles Project 
Unit # 2 - 625 Hillside Avenue
Victoria, BC
V8T 1Z1
info@lifecyclesproject.ca
http://lifecyclesproject.ca/

-Growing Schools:  brings together elementary school youth and intergenerational volunteers to deliver education programs about urban ecosystems through the creation and exploration of school gardens.
-Fruit Tree Project: collects fruit from trees which may otherwise go to waste and redistributes the picking among the homeowners, food banks, volunteers and organizations around town. 
-Community Food Program: builds community skills and capacity through garden creation, urban agriculture and food preservation.
-Wellend Legacy Orchard: a heritage community orchard and public park maintained by LifeCycles and dedicated volunteers. 
-The Seed Library: offers everyone free access to seeds and seed saving education.
-PEPÁḴEṈ HÁUTW: a recent LifeCycles partnership meaning ‘Blossoming Place’ in SENĆOŦEN, is a collaborative project with the WSÁNEĆ School board and ȽÁU, WELṈEW tribal school.
-Website also provides links to related initiatives and resources for gardening and eating locally.

Food Roots
http://www.foodroots.ca/contact.htm
Susan Tychie - 250 595-6742 
susantych@gmail.com
Lee Fuge - 250 385-7974 
leefuge@pacificcoast.net
A not-for-profit Vancouver Island food distributor’s co-op and source for purchasing local food.

Spud
www.spud.ca
Online shopping and to-your-door delivery of fresh local foods in reusable Spud bins.

FarmFresh 
www.islandfarmfresh.com
An online guide to buying directly from the farm, markets, and local/sustainable food events.

Victoria Community Kitchen Network (Facebook group)
This is a group which meets frequently, for people in the Victoria area who want to share food resources, preparation and cooking tasks, and ideas.
Click here to see the Facebook group
If you are not on Facebook and are interested in joining the network, you can email Allison@fernwoodnrg.ca

Victoria Area Farmers’ and Crafters’ Markets 
(Updated Spring 2015)
For more informtaion visit: www.islandfarmfresh.com/markets/

WEDNESDAYS: 
Colwood Farmers’ Market at 1767 Island Hwy 4:00pm-7:00pm
Victoria Downtown Farmers’ Market at the Public Market, 1701 Douglas St.11am-3pm
Oaklands Sunset Market 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

THURSDAYS:
Sidney Summer Market on Beacon avenue 5:30pm-8:30pm

SATURDAYS:
Esquimalt Community Market, tba
James Bay Community Market at the corner of Menzies & Superior 9:00am-3:00pm
Goldstream Station Market on Bryn Maur Rd 10:00am-2:00pm
Sooke Country Market at 2047 Otter Point Rd 10:00am-2:00pm
Moss Street Market at Sir James Douglas Elementary (Moss/Fairfield) 10:00am-2:00pm
Peninsula Country Market at 1528 Stelly’s Cross Rd (Saanich fairgrounds) 9:00am-1:00pm
North Saanich Farm Market at 109990 West Saanich Rd 9:30am-12:30pm
Victoria Downtown Farmers’ Market at the Public Market, 1701 Douglas St.

SUNDAYS:
Metchosin Farmers’ Market at 4450 Happy Valley Rd 11:00am-2:00pm
Highlands Farmers’ Market at 1589 Millstream Rd 10:00am-1:00pm

Community Gardens:

Agnes Street Community Garden 
384-2956
Agnes St. off Glanford Rd
69 plots
agnesstcg@shaw.ca

Burnside Gorge Community Garden
388-5251
Cecelia Ravine near Gorge Community Centre
11 plots

Capital City Allotment Association
641 Kent Road,
Victoria, B.C. V8Z 1Z2
Marion Cook, Plot manager
email macook6@shaw.ca
621 Kent Rd. - Near the Pat Bay Hwy.
124 plots

Craigflower Community Garden
479-9280
Corner of Admirals Rd. and Old Isld Hwy
9 plots

Earth Bound Community Garden
Garden Street just North of Bay St
384-7441
20 plots

Esquimalt Community Garden 
250-414-7114
835 Collvile Rd.
16 plots
Email: esquimaltcommunitygardens@gmail.com

Fairfield Community Gardens
Under development in Robert Porter Park (Farfield @ Kipling)
fairfieldcommunitygardens@gmail.com
http://fairfieldcommunitygardens.blogspot.com/
250-381-4604

Fernwood Allotment Gardens 
Chambers and North Park
250-384-7441
34 plots

Gordon Head Allotment Gardens Association
Gordon Head Road and Faltham 
477-5764

James Bay Allotment Garden Association
Montreal St., Brown Oswego and Niagra
250-388-7550
54 plots

Langford Community Garden
250-478-1122
Wiling Park
15-20 plots

Michigan Street Community Garden
Corner Michigan St. and Menzies St.
Plots 20
E. Ward 250-388-9180 (evenings, please)

Oak Bay Allotment Gardens
Monteith St
250-598-3311
12 plots

Rain or Shine Community Garden
Vic West, corner of Raynor St. & Craigflower Rd.
250-388-6120 ext.404
12 plots
vicwestgarden@yahoo.ca 

Royal Bay Community Garden

250391-2600 ext 4070
Royal Roads, near community education centre
8 plots

Sidney Community Garden
1805 Glamorgan Rd. N. Saanich (across from Sandon Racetrack)

Spring Ridge Commons
250-386-9678
Fernwood, Corner of Chambers and Gladstone

Campus Community Gardens
Univ. of Victoria, West of Saunders Complex 
45 plots 
ccgarden@uvic.ca

Our Backyard Garden
820 View St.
Brian Bothwell 250-385-3352

Victoria & Area Resources for Clothing

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Beacon Community Services
2717 Quadra St
250-656-0134
admin@beaconcs.ca
Counseling, advocacy/liaison, childcare referrals, emergency shelter for youth, assistance with clothing and household goods, employment services including a youth employment program, Best Babies group for low income moms, variety of pre-school programs & parent/kid drop-ins, other volunteer services including driving, visiting, and handy-person.
www.beaconcs.ca

Blanshard Community Center
901 Kings Rd
250-388-769
Assistance with meals, clothing, housing referrals, women’s support group, toy library for children under 6 yrs, $3 hot lunch on Thursdays.
http://www.blanshardcc.com/index.html

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Victoria
1240 Yates St
250-384-9133
jbeasley@bgcvic.org
Provides a variety of recreational counseling and advocacy services and programs targeting children/teens and their families. Praxis program includes lunch, sometime breakfast, and snacks. Care-Home parenting program includes access to donation room with clothing & household goods.
www.bgcvic.org 

Burnside-Gorge Community Centre
471 Cecelia Rd
250-388-5251
bgca@shaw.ca
Provides assistance with meals, housing referrals, counseling and parenting programs, childcare referrals, advocacy with women to receive funding from Min of Human Resources, assessment/advocacy for subsidy housing, clothing exchange, help for women/kids unable to get space in a transition house or who must use motels between transition house & longer-term housing. The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program is a three-year program for families working toward increasing their employment and financial skills and building savings. C'NEX project was designed to assist families whose children have been or may have been taken into care.
http://www.burnsidegorge.ca/

Capital Families Association
2764 Jacklin Ave.
250-391-4320
info@capfamilies.org
Baked goods available free every Friday morning, Good Food Box available at low cost, clothing exchange available for kids ages 0-6 (for older kids and parents occasionally), childcare and childcare referrals, parenting & drop-in programs available, bus tickets available for those unable to attend events due to financial/transportation limitations.
www.capfamilies.org

James Bay Community Project
547 Michigan St.
250-388-7844
askus@jbcp.ca
Community closet thrift store, Victoria youth clinic, youth outreach, public computer access, community library, seniors' group, parent/child drop-in groups.
www.jbcp.ca

Mustard Seed Street Church
625 Queens
250-953-1575
mail@mustardseed.ca
Free meals, food hampers and a clothing room as well as a free hairdresser and Sunday Service.
www.mustardseed.ca 

Our Place
919 Pandora
250-385-2454
admin@ourplacesociety.com
Provides meal free of charge: lunch at 11:45, Dinner at 4:00. Also provides free clothing and acts as an emergency shelter when the temperature drops below freezing.
www.ourplacesociety.com 

Salvation Army
2695 Quadra (250-386-8521) – community office
595 Johnson (250-384-3396)—downtown location.
info@salvationarmycfs.com
Offers assistance with meals, food hampers, clothing and household goods, employment services, housing referrals, counseling, advocacy, emergency shelter (men only), emergency travel vouchers and bus tickets, and chapel services.
salvationarmycfs.com 

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society
3rd Floor, 637 Bay St
250-361-9433
info@vircs.bc.ca
Offers assistance with clothing needs, employment services, housing referrals, counseling, and childcare referrals, a free legal clinic, settlement workers who help with immigration and citizenship and translation/interpretation, youth programs and free computer classes.
http://www.vircs.bc.ca 

Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre
602 Gorge Rd East
250-385-1114
info@singleparentvictoria.ca
Offers clothing, some household goods, counseling, parenting programs and support groups, a waiting list for washers and dryers, and housing referrals.
www.singleparentvictoria.ca

Wear 2 Start
216-733 Johnson St
250-472-9327
wear2@telus.net
Outfits unemployed women for job interviews, including hair and makeup services. Clients must be referred from a local job preparation/training/education agency.
wear2start.com 

YMCA/YWCA
851 Broughton
250-386-7511
memberservices@victoriay.com
Offers meals, emergency shelter, clothing, housing referrals, counseling services, supported independent living, a Crystal Meth Prevention Project, and mobile street outreach.
victoriay.com 

Victoria & Area Resources for Emergency Food

This page is intended to be a resource for people who need assistance acquiring food. If you are interested in purchasing locally-grown/produced food and/or are interested in food security issuies, please see the “Resources for Locally Produced Food”  page in our resources section.

Please see the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness Website for a regularly updated list of Community Meals and Food Banks

Anawim Companion Society
973 Caledonia St
250-382-0283
Serves food Mon, Tues, Thurs, Sat: 10am-5pm, Wed & Fri: 10am-8pm. For dinner, sign in by 2pm and be at the house by 4pm. Also provides laundry and showers Mon-Fri 10am-3pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm.
www.anawimhouse.com/

Burnside Gorge Community Association
471 Cecelia Rd
250-388-5251
info@burnsidegorge.ca
Provides parent and child drop in programs, a free weekly family dinner, access to a resource room with food and clothing. Support services include school and community based counselling for families who struggle with parenting (including C'Nex, designed to assist families whose children have been or may be taken into care), financial crisis and homelessness, and other barriers to meeting children's needs. Outreach services to vulnerable youth includes a program for youth transitioning from Government care to independence. Our child care programs offer Preschool, out-of-school care, winter, spring and summer day camps. The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program works with families for up to three years to increase their employment and financial skills and build savings.
www.burnsidegorge.ca 

Food Not Bombs
250-383-5144 ext. 1940
Free vegan meal Sundays at 3:30pm. Call for location
www.foodnotbombs.net/british_columbia.html 


Goldstream/Westshore Food Bank
761 Station Ave. (basement)
Langford BC
250-474-4443
Provides Westshore residents with food hampers.
www.foodbank.islandnet.com/

Mustard Seed Street Church

625 Queens
250-953-1575
mail@mustardseed.ca
Free meals, food hampers and a clothing room as well as a free hairdresser and Sunday Service. All the free meals except our Family Dinners, clothing room except for emergencies, hairdresser except for our hamper recipients (with some exceptions) have been suspended since Nov. Some, if not all, will be reinstated in the near future.
www.mustardseed.ca

Our Place
919 Pandora
250-388-7112
info@ourplacesociety.com
Our Place is a unique inner-city community centre serving Greater Victoria’s most vulnerable: working poor, impoverished elderly, mentally and physically challenged, addicted and the homeless. Individuals and businesses provide the majority of financial support for its programs and services. Our Place provides over 1,600 free hot meals per day, hot showers, education, job skills, free clothing, counseling and outreach services, plus 45 transitional housing units. Most importantly, it provides a sense of hope and belonging to our neighbours in need.
www.ourplacesociety.com

Quadra Village Community Centre
901 Kings Rd
250-388-7696
Family and parenting groups and support, free clothing and small housewares, toy lending library for program participants, assistance with food access and a community hot lunch Thursdays for $3.
www.quadravillagecc.com

Saanich Neighbourhood Place
3100 Tillicum Rd (Pearkes Recreation Centre)
250-360-1148
sn-place@telus.net
Offers a clothing exchange, emergency food cupboard, resource library, parenting programs, pre-and-post-natal programs and family drop-in time and activities.
www.saanichneighbourhoodplace.com/

St Andrew's Presbyterian Church
KIrk Hall
680 Courtney Street
Free Breakfast second Saturday of each month

Saint Vincent De Paul Social Concern
828 View St
250-382-0712
Offers assistance with meals, food hampers, clothing, household goods, and advocacy. On income assistance cheque week, there is no meal service. Also has a home visit week during which time volunteers bring food vouchers and other assistance to those living on low incomes. Call 250-382-0712 for more information.
www.svdpvictoria.com/sco/home.php

Salvation Army

2695 Quadra (250-386-8521) – community office
595 Johnson (250-384-3396)—downtown location.
Offers assistance with meals, food hampers, clothing and household goods, employment services, housing referrals, counseling, advocacy, emergency shelter (men only), emergency travel vouchers and bus tickets, and chapel services.
www.salvationarmy.ca/

Sandy Merriman House
809 Burdett St
250-480-1408
Shelter for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Offers drop- in lunch and hygiene services, counseling and access to health care. This site is not suitable for children.
coolaid.org/our-services/homes-2/shelters/sandy-merriman/

Sooke Food Bank 

2037 Shields Rd, Sooke (Sooke Community Hall)
250-642-7666
Food bank for Sooke residents only.
www.sookeregionresources.com/sooke-food-bank-society

St. John The Divine
1611 Quadra Street
250-383-7169
Food bank open most Tuesdays and Fridays 10am-noon in church basement. Closed during income assistance cheque week and the Tuesdays after stat holidays. They also stock items such as laundry soap, hand soap, toilet paper, some toiletries and hygiene products.
www.stjohnthedivine.bc.ca/page/emergency-food-service-efs

St. Andrew's Cathedral
740 View St 
250-884-4459
Breakfast Monday-Friday from 8:30AM-10:00AM.
www.standrewscathedral.com/index.php

Victoria Youth Empowerment Society (YES)
533 Yates St
250-383-3514
office_manager@vyes.ca
Offers meals, shelter, employment services, housing referrals, counseling, advocacy, laundry facilities, showers, a mental health liaison, liaison for sexually exploited youth, family support for caregivers in crisis, specialized youth detox and a street outreach team. Free meals are at 5pm, Mon-Thurs.
www.vyes.ca

YMCA/YWCA
851 Broughton 
250-386-7511
memberservices@victoriay.com
Offers meals, emergency shelter, clothing, housing referrals, counseling services, supported independent living, a Crystal Meth Prevention Project, and mobile street outreach.
victoriay.com  

Victoria and Area Resources for Dealing with Addiction

Adult Addictions Community Treatment Services.
2nd floor, 1250 Quadra
250-727-3544
Addictions counseling, support groups, educational groups. For those with concurrent disorders and those affected by another’s substance use.
coolaid.org/resource/adult-addiction-community-treatment-viha-mental-health-and-addictions/

Alcohol and Drug Information Referral Line
1-800-663-1441
24-hr multilingual phone line for anyone concerned about substance misuse and addiction. Confidential support, information about and referral to recovery resources across the province.

Foundation House (Men only)
536 Cecilia Rd
250-480-1342
foundationhouse@shaw.ca
Residential recovery home/treatment program for men aged 18+ who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction-stay 3-12 months at an accessible cost.
foundationhouse.ca/

Pacific Centre Family Services Association
250-478-8357
pacificcenter@pcfsa.org
youthtalk@pcfsa.org
Employment, counseling, and advocacy services available, including programs for youth & families, women who have experienced abuse and men who have behaved abusively in an intimate relationship. Also offers crisis intervention and drug and alcohol outpatient treatment. 
www.pacificcentrefamilyservices.org

Victoria Innovative Seniors Treatment Approach (VISTA)
2828 Nanaimo St.
250-953-3966
Resources for older adults dealing with day-to-day problems of alcohol and other drugs including prescription, elder abuse issues, and mental health issues.

Victoria Withdrawl Management Services
1125 Pembroke St.
250-213-4441
Safe, overnight, sheltered assessment offering a continuum of care at multiple locations: from overnight shelter, detoxification, stabilization and supportive recovery housing.
www.viha.ca/mhas/locations/victoria_gulf/vwms.htm

 

Victoria & Area Resources for Seniors

Capital Region Housing Corporation
625 Fisgard Street
250-360-3000
A non-profit provider of over 1200 rental units of affordable housing in the Capital Regional District of Victoria, BC which provides affordable housing (including some wheelchair-modified units) for families with low to moderate incomes, seniors with low to moderate incomes, and persons in receipt of a disability income.
www.crd.bc.ca/housing/

Cridge Centre for the Family
1307 Hillside ave
250-384-8058
mgoley@cridge.org
Provider of supportive transitional housing (lower than market rents) for families transitioning from crisis and instability to self-sufficiency, counseling and support for families in residence including children's and family counseling, seniors' housing, childcare, support/housing/community-building for people living with brain injuries, and respite care referral service for parents of children with disabilities.
www.cridge.org/

Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria
930 Balmoral Rd
250-388-4728
info@icavictoria.org
Support, information, and referral for Immigrants and Refugees in areas such as Employment, Health Care, Human Rights, Housing, Education (adults and school-aged children), Canadian Law, Income Tax, Child Care & Family Concerns, Social Benefits, Citizenship, Community Resources, Dealing with Isolation and Culture Shock. Support groups available for immigrant and refugee women, men, seniors, and youth. Individual and family support for newcomers. Interpretation and translation services available. 
www.icavictoria.org/

James Bay Community Project
547 Michigan St.
250-388-7844
askus@jbcp.ca
Community closet thrift store, Victoria youth clinic, youth outreach, public computer access, community library, seniors' group, parent/child drop-in groups.
jbcp.bc.ca/

Seniors Serving Seniors
109-1022 Pandora
250-382-4331
info@seniorsservingseniors.bc.ca
Provides information on resources for housing, legal and financial concerns.
www.seniorsservingseniors.bc.ca/

Victoria Innovative Seniors Treatment Approach (VISTA)
2828 Nanaimo St.
250-953-3966
Resources for older adults dealing with day-to-day problems of alcohol and other drugs including prescription, elder abuse issues, and mental health issues.

Victoria Lesbian Seniors Care Society
250-383-5144 Ext. 3087
info@vlsc.ca
Resources include community-building through social events and community support/care and housing referrals.
vlscs.ca 

Victoria & Area Youth Resources

Artemis Place
250-598-5183
vsea@telus.net
Counseling, educational alternatives, life skills, anger management, conflict resolution tools, academic support, childcare referrals, support for substance abuse issues, for at-risk adolescent girls aged 15-19 who reside within the greater Victoria School District.
www.artemisplace.org

BC Families in Transition
812 Broughton St
250-386-4331
info@bcfit.org
Services and counseling programs available at a cost (dependent upon income),  budgeting, "caught in the middle" group, parenting programs, and Teen Life Counseling.
www.bcfit.org

Beacon Community Services
2723 Quadra St (Administration headquarters)
250-656-0134
admin@beaconcs.ca
Counseling, advocacy/liaison, childcare referrals, emergency shelter for youth, assistance with clothing and household goods, employment services including a youth employment program, Peninsula Best Babies group for moms, Early Years services (including licensed child care) and a variety of pre-school programs & parent/kid drop-ins, other volunteer services including medical drives.
www.beaconcs.ca

Boys & Girls Club Services of Greater Victoria
Suite 301-1195 Esquimalt Road
250-384-9133
admin@bgcvic.org
Provides a variety of social, educational and recreational programming including licensed out-of-school care and summer camps, outdoor experiential programs, parenting support, youth leadership development, programs supporting youth at risk and youth justice programs.
www.bgcvic.org

Fairfield–Gonzales Community Association
1330 Fairfield Road
250-382-4604
place@fairfieldcommunity.ca
Preschools, out of school care, recreational programs, family drop-ins in AM for kids 0-5yrs, youth drop-in, monthly clothing swap public computer Mon-Sat, community link school based youth and family counseling, facility rentals, emergency reception centre.
www.fairfieldcommunity.ca

Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria
930 Balmoral Rd
250-388-4728
info@icavictoria.org
Support, information, and referral for Immigrants and Refugees in areas such as Employment, Health Care, Human Rights, Housing, Education (adults and school-aged children), Canadian Law, Income Tax, Child Care & Family Concerns, Social Benefits, Citizenship, Community Resources, Dealing with Isolation and Culture Shock. Support groups available for immigrant and refugee women, men, seniors, and youth. Individual and family support for newcomers. Interpretation and translation services available. 
www.icavictoria.org

James Bay Community Project
547 Michigan St.
250-388-7844
askus@jbcp.ca
Community closet thrift store, Victoria youth clinic, youth outreach, public computer access, community library, seniors' group, parent/child drop-in
groups.
jbcp.bc.ca/

John Howard Society of Victoria
2675 Bridge St
250-386-3428
jhs.administration@jhsvic.ca
Blade Runners Program for women and men age 17 to 30 interested in working in construction or hospitality (cannot be EI eligible, in school or working). Provides safety training, life skills and employment support. Kidstart Mentoring Program for youth at risk of criminal involvement. Promotes opportunities to engage in healthy activities. Community Justice Initiatives is an innovative out of court process based on Restorative Justice practices. Referrals come from Saanich police. Community Outreach and Drop-In Referral Services provides referral/information services to prisoners and ex-prisoners, their families and the general public.
www.johnhoward.victoria.bc.ca

Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter (KEYS)
2117 Vancouver St.
250-386-8282
keys@vyes.ca
Emergency overnight shelter for youth ages 13-18 with no safe place to stay- up to 7 nights with consent of legal guardian. Housing referrals, counseling, advocacy, and family support services available as well.
www.vyes.ca/keys.html

Out Of The Rain Youth Night Shelter
250-415-3856
Emergency overnight shelter for youth- opens at 10PM. Mondays: St John's Hall (925 Balmoral); Tuesdays: First Metropolitan (932 Balmoral); Wednesdays: St Andrews Presbyterian (680 Courtenay); Thursdays: Fernwood Community Centre (1240 Gladstone)- no pets at this location; Fridays: Boys & Girls Club (1240 Yates)
Saturdays: YW/YMCA 851 Broughton; Sundays: Downtown Community Activity Centre (755 Pandora)- no pets at this location.
www.outoftherainvictoria.ca

Pacific Centre Family Services Association
250-478-8357
pacificcenter@pcfsa.org
email youth counseling at youthtalk@pcfsa.org.
Employment, counseling, and advocacy services available, including programs for youth & families, women who have experienced abuse and men who have behaved abusively in an intimate relationship. Also offers crisis intervention and drug and alcohol outpatient treatment. email youth counseling at youthtalk@pcfsa.org.
www.pacificcentrefamilyservices.org

Phoenix Community Services
250-383-4821
admin@phoenixhumanservices.org
Provides child/youth and adult day programs, a family development program, an adoptions and guardianship program which supports children who are permanently in the care of MCFD, and community living programs which include but are not limited to community access, social and communication skill development, behaviour management, life skills, advocacy, transition planning support, and parenting support.
www.phoenixhumanservices.org

Sanctuary Youth Centre
767 Humboldt Street
250-385-6255
postmaster@sanctuaryyouth.org
Youth drop-in centre aimed at youth who are isolated from mainstream society and/or living on the street. Provides tea& coffee, showers, food, and an artistic and recreational environment including musical instruments and pool tables etc, and community referral services. Hours are Tuesday 3-5pm & 7-9pm, Wednesday 3-5pm & 7-9pm, Thursday 3-5pm & 7-9pm, Friday 3-9pm.
www.sanctuaryyouth.org

Threshold Housing Society
1524 Fort St. Victoria, B.C V8S 5J2
250-383-8830
assist@thresholdhousing.ca 
Threshold Housing offers transitional housing for youth, aged 16-22, who are at-risk of being homeless. Threshold exists to serve youth from across Vancouver Island through a program towards independence. Providing programming, housing, positive role models and constructive support that help youth in our community navigate the challenges of school, work, relationships and life. 
www.thresholdhousing.ca/

Victoria Youth Clinic
547 Michigan and 533 Yates
250-388-7841
office@victoriayouthclinic.ca
Offers youth help with medical issues, birth control, diagnosis & treatment of STD's, pregnancy testing and counseling.
victoriayouthclinic.ca/

Victoria Youth Empowerment Society (YES)
533 Yates St
250-383-3514
office_manager@vyes.ca
Offers meals, shelter, employment services, housing referrals, counseling, advocacy, laundry facilities, showers, a mental health liaison, liaison for sexually exploited youth, family support for caregivers in crisis, specialized youth detox and a street outreach team.
www.vyes.ca

YMCA/YWCA
851 Broughton
250-386-7511
memberservices@victoriay.com
Offers meals, emergency shelter, clothing, housing referrals, counseling services, supported independent living, a Crystal Meth Prevention Project, and mobile street outreach.
www.victoriay.com

Youth Against Violence Line
1-800-680-4264
http://youthagainstviolenceline.com
24 hr multilingual phone line for youth concerned about any kind of violence or bullying. Offers support,information about and referrals to programs and resources across the province. Confidential and anonymous. 

Victoria & Area Employment Assistance Resources

Beacon Community Services
2723 Quadra St
250-656-0134
admin@beaconcs.ca
Counseling, advocacy/liaison, childcare referrals, emergency shelter for youth, assistance with clothing and household goods, employment services including a youth employment program, Peninsula Best Babies group for moms, Early Years services (including licensed child care) and a variety of pre-school programs & parent/kid drop-ins, other volunteer services including medical drives.
www.beaconcs.ca

Bridges For Women Society
1809 Douglas St
250-385-7410
careers@bridgesforwomen.ca
Employment program designed to foster confidence and independence & increase employment options for women facing employment barriers due to having experienced violence/abuse. Bridges For Women Online: web-based employability program (1-866-896-3356). Bridges Victoria Community Handbook is an excellent guide to local resources.
www.bridgesforwomen.ca

Community Living Victoria
3861 Cedar Hill Cross Road
250-477-7231
Employment services, housing and advocacy services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families including in-home assistance for parents with disabilities.
www.communitylivingvictoria.ca/index.php

Community Micro Lending
202-2610 Douglas Street
250-590-4515
Community Micro Lending makes loans to people who have a good idea and the ability to carry it out, but don’t qualify for credit at a bank.
communitymicrolending.ca

Cool Aid
102-749 Pandora Avenue (admin office)
250-383-1977
Can refer clients to most services they need. Provides assistance with health care at community health and dental clinic (low-coast or free), has a community casual labour pool, downtown activity centre with internet access, coffee in the AM, games and other activities, REES (Research, Education, Employment and Support) Network- for people with mental illness & their family members which provides training, peer support, opportunities for education, community integration, and life enrichment.
http://www.coolaid.org

Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group
1240 Gladstone Ave
250-381-1552
info@fernwoodnrg.ca
Recreation programs, family support services/programs, housing referrals, childcare, Best Babies prenatal nutrition program.
fernwoodnrg.ca/

Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria
930 Balmoral Rd
250-388-4728
info@icavictoria.org
Support, information, and referral for Immigrants and Refugees in areas such as Employment, Health Care, Human Rights, Housing, Education (adults and school-aged children), Canadian Law, Income Tax, Child Care & Family Concerns, Social Benefits, Citizenship, Community Resources, Dealing with Isolation and Culture Shock. Support groups available for immigrant and refugee women, men, seniors, and youth. Individual and family support for newcomers. Interpretation and translation services available. 
http://www.icavictoria.org/

Job Options BC
Sprott-Shaw Community College
2621 Douglas St., Second Floor
250-384-8121
marinam@sprott-shaw.com
A program designed for unemployed adults who are not collecting EI, which provides paid training and work experience for eligible adults who are unemployed and not collecting EI. Contact above for more information.

John Howard Society of Victoria
2675 Bridge St
250-386-3428
jhs.administration@jhsvic.ca
BladeRunners Program for women/men 17 to 30 years interested in working in construction or hospitality. Cannot be EI eligible, in school or working. Provides safety training, life skills and employment support. Kidstart Mentoring Program for youth at risk of criminal involvement. Promotes opportunities to engage in healthy activities. Community Justice Initiatives is an innovative out of court process based on Restorative Justice practices. Referrals come from Saanich police. Community Outreach and Drop-In Referral Services provides referral/information services to prisoners and ex-prisoners, their families and the general public.
www.johnhoward.victoria.bc.ca/

Pacific Centre Family Services Association
345 Wale Rd.
250-478-8357
pacificcenter@pcfsa.org
email youth counseling at youthtalk@pcfsa.org.
Employment, counseling, and advocacy services available, including programs for youth & families, women who have experienced abuse and men who have behaved abusively in an intimate relationship. Also offers crisis intervention and drug and alcohol outpatient treatment. email youth counseling at youthtalk@pcfsa.org.
www.pacificcentrefamilyservices.org

PEERS (Prostitutes Empowerment Education and Resource Society)
1-744 Fairview Road
250-388-5325
info@peers.bc.ca
Resource society for sex trade workers. Late-night mobile outreach includes warm beverages and foods, access to nurse & doctor and other services. Offer assistance with: finding housing/emergency shelter, transition to other work (6-month program and some scholarships available).
http://www.peers.bc.ca

Salvation Army
2695 Quadra (250-386-8521) – community office
595 Johnson (250-384-3396)—downtown location.
info@salvationarmycfs.com
Offers assistance with meals, food hampers, clothing and household goods, employment services, housing referrals, counseling, advocacy, emergency shelter (men only), emergency travel vouchers and bus tickets, and chapel services.
www.salvationarmy.ca/

Victoria Disability Resource Centre
817 A Fort Street
250-595-0044
reception@drcvictoria.com
Offers employment and referral services, peer support and parking permits. The Assistive Technology Centre: allows an opportunity to assess and train with assistive computer technology.
http://www.drcvictoria.com/

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society
3rd Floor, 637 Bay St
250-361-9433
info@vircs.bc.ca
Offers assistance with clothing needs, employment services, housing referrals, counseling, and childcare referrals, a free legal clinic, settlement workers who help with immigration and citizenship and translation/interpretation, youth programs and free computer classes.
http://www.vircs.bc.ca

Victoria Youth Empowerment Society (YES) 
533 Yates St
250-383-3514
office_manager@vyes.ca
Offers meals, shelter, employment services, housing referrals, counseling, advocacy, laundry facilities, showers, a mental health liaison, liaison for sexually exploited youth, family support for caregivers in crisis, specialized youth detox and a street outreach team.
www.vyes.ca

Wear 2 Start Society
216-733 Johnson St
250-472-9327
wear2@telus.net
Outfits unemployed women for job interviews, including hair and makeup services. Clients must be referred from a local job preparation/training/education agency.
wear2start.com

Women's Enterprise Center
777 Fort Street
778-746-7500
info@womensenterprise.ca
Offers skills development coaching/training for entrepreneurs, business advice/mentoring, networking opportunities, small business loans and professional guidance.
www.womensenterprise.ca/ 

Victoria & Area Childcare Resources and Referrals

Artemis Place (resource for young moms)
250-598-5183
vsea@telus.net
Counseling, educational alternatives, life skills, anger management, conflict resolution tools, academic support, childcare referrals, support for substance abuse issues, for at-risk adolescent girls aged 15-19 who reside within the greater Victoria School District.
www.artemisplace.org

Beacon Community Services
2723 Quadra St (Administration headquarters)
250-656-0134
admin@beaconcs.ca 
Counseling, advocacy/liaison, childcare referrals, emergency shelter for youth, assistance with clothing and household goods, employment services including a youth employment program, Peninsula Best Babies group for moms, Early Years services (including licensed child care) and a variety of pre-school programs & parent/kid drop-ins, other volunteer services including medical drives.
www.beaconcs.ca

Burnside-Gorge Community Centre
471 Cecelia Rd
250-388-5251
info@burnsidegorge.ca
Provides parent and child drop in programs, a free weekly family dinner, access to a resource room with food and clothing. Support services include school and community based counselling for families who struggle with parenting (including C'Nex, designed to assist families whose children have been or may be taken into care), financial crisis and homelessness, and other barriers to meeting children's needs. Outreach services to vulnerable youth includes a program for youth transitioning from Government care to independence. Our child care programs offer Preschool, out-of-school care, winter, spring and summer day camps. The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program works with families for up to three years to increase their employment and financial skills and build savings.
http://www.burnsidegorge.ca/

Capital Families Association
2764 Jacklin ave
250-391-4320
info@capfamilies.org
Baked goods available free every Friday morning, Good Food Box available at low cost, clothing exchange available for kids ages 0-6 (for older kids and parents occasionally), childcare and childcare referrals, parenting & drop-in programs available, bus tickets available for those unable to attend events due to financial/transportation limitations.
clbc.cioc.ca/record/CLB2639

Child Care Subsidy (Gov't of BC – Ministry if Child and Family Development)
Child Care Subsidy Service Centre
PO Box 9953 Stn Prov Govt
250-356-6501
Assistance with child care costs.
www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/childcare/

Cridge Centre for the Family
1307 Hillside Ave
250-384-8058
mgoley@cridge.org
Provider of supportive transitional housing (lower than market rents) for families transitioning from crisis and instability to self-sufficiency, counseling and support for families in residence including children's and family counseling, seniors' housing, childcare, support/housing/community-building for people living with brain injuries, and respite care referral service for parents of children with disabilities.
http://www.cridge.org/

Fairfield–Gonzales Community Association
1330 Fairfield Road
250-382-4604
place@fairfieldcommunity.ca
Preschools, out of school care, recreational programs, family drop-ins in AM for kids 0-5yrs, youth drop-in, monthly clothing swap public computer Mon-Sat, community link school based youth and family counseling, facility rentals, emergency reception centre.
www.fairfieldcommunity.ca

Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group
1240 Gladstone Ave
250-381-1552
info@fernwoodnrg.ca
Recreation programs, family support services/programs, housing referrals, childcare, Best Babies prenatal nutrition program.
fernwoodnrg.ca

Military Family Resource Center
PO box 17000 Station Forces
250-363-2640
mfrc@shawcable.com
24hr info line: 250-363-2640
Provides support for military families during emergencies including short-term intervention and crisis support and assistance with the creation of an Emergency Childcare Plan. Also provides short-term counseling and self-help groups, referrals, and assistance with childcare.
http://www.esquimaltmfrc.com/

NIL TU,O Child and Family Services Society 
1-2475 Mt Newton Cross rd
250-544-1400
administrator@niltuo.com
Toll-free 1-888-744-1422
Provides respite care to temporarily relieve parents who are dealing with stress & challenges of parenting and in-home support for parents re: organizing & maintaining the family unit, budgeting & life skills. Advocacy and referrals also available.
www.niltuo.ca

Victoria Child Care Resource & Referral
2001A Douglas St.
250-382-7000
info@childcarevictoria.ca
Offers info about childcare including brochures in languages other than English, phone consultations w/ Early childhood professionals, info/assistance with childcare subsidy and internet access to childcare-related websites.
http://www.childcarevictoria.org/index.php

Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society
3rd Floor, 637 Bay St
250-361-9433
info@vircs.bc.ca
Offers assistance with clothing needs, employment services, housing referrals, counseling, and childcare referrals, a free legal clinic, settlement workers who help with immigration and citizenship and translation/interpretation, youth programs and free computer classes.
www.vircs.bc.ca 

Victoria & Area Shelters- Overnight/General

Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter (KEYS)
2117 Vancouver St.
250-386-8282
keys@vyes.ca
Emergency overnight shelter for youth ages 13-18 with no safe place to stay- up to 7 nights with consent of legal guardian. Housing referrals, counseling, advocacy, and family support services available as well.
vyes.ca/keys.htmll

Out Of The Rain Youth Night Shelter
Beacon Community Services
2723 Quadra St.
250-415-3856
jmortimer@beaconcs.ca 
Emergency overnight shelter for youth- opens 9pm-8am nightly. Mondays: St JohnThe Divine (1611 Quadra St.); Tuesdays: First Metropolitan (932 Balmoral); Wednesdays: St Andrews Presbyterian (680 Courtenay); Thursdays-Saturday: Beacon Community Services (1450 Elford St.) Sundays: St JohnThe Divine (1611 Quadra St.)
www.outoftherainvictoria.ca/

PEERS Victoria Resource Society
1-744 Fairview Road
Night Outreach 250-744-0171
Daytime Outreach 250-744-7690
info@peers.bc.ca
Resource society for sex trade workers. Late-night mobile outreach includes warm beverages and foods, access to nurse & doctor and other services. Offer assistance with: finding housing/emergency shelter, transition to other work (6-month program and some scholarships available).
safersexwork.ca

Salvation Army – men only
2695 Quadra (250-386-8521) – community office
595 Johnson (250-384-3396)—downtown location.
dinuk_dias@can.salvationarmy.org
Offers assistance with meals, food hampers, clothing and household goods, employment services, housing referrals, counseling, advocacy, emergency shelter (men only), emergency travel vouchers and bus tickets, and chapel services.
www.salvationarmy.ca/

Sandy Merriman House – women only
809 Burdett St
250-480-1408
Shelter for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Offers drop- in lunch and hygiene services, counseling and access to health care. This site is not suitable for children.
coolaid.org/our-services/homes-2/shelters/sandy-merriman/

Victoria Withdrawal Management Services
1125 Pembroke St.
250-213-4441
Safe, overnight, sheltered assessment offering a continuum of care at multiple locations: from overnight shelter, detoxification, stabilization and supportive recovery housing.
www.viha.ca/mhas/locations/victoria_gulf/vwms.htm 

YMCA/YWCA
851 Broughton
250-386-7511
memberservices@victoriay.com
Offers meals, emergency shelter, clothing, housing referrals, counseling services, supported independent living, a Crystal Meth Prevention Project, and mobile street outreach.
victoriay.com

Our Place
919 Pandora
250-388-7112
info@ourplacesociety.com

Our Place is a unique inner-city community centre serving Greater Victoria’s most vulnerable: working poor, impoverished elderly, mentally and physically challenged, addicted and the homeless. Individuals and businesses provide the majority of financial support for its programs and services. Our Place provides over 1,600 free hot meals per day, hot showers, education, job skills, free clothing, counseling and outreach services, plus 45 transitional housing units. Most importantly, it provides a sense of hope and belonging to our neighbours in need.
www.ourplacesociety.com

Rock Bay Landing
535 Ellice St
250-383-1951
society@coolaid.org
Offers overnight shelter, meals, clothing, laundry facilities, showers, and hygiene products.
coolaid.org/our-services/homes-2/shelters/rock-bay/