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Kamloops Resources
Kamloops Women's Resource Group Society provides a safe and welcoming space for all women.
PO Box 204 Stn Main, Kamloops, B.C., V2C 5K6
Contact: (250) 374-3949

Free Food or Hot Meals

Kamloops Food Bank
Is located at 171 Wilson Street, and can be contacted by phoning 250-376-2252 or emailing events@kamloopsfoodbank.org.
They have a variety of different programs to connect people and food. Volunteers for special events, part-time driving, warehouse sorting and counter service are always needed and greatly appreciated. There is also a great kids after school program where kids can volunteer at the food bank and receive a hot meal and a bag of produce to take home. They also earn points which go towards clothes and shoes for themselves and siblings from the Food Bank's upstairs thrift store, and towards free books.

Kamloops Community Kitchens
are groups of people who meet to prepare tasty, nutritious and economical meals to take home. Groups can be formed based on shared dietary restrictions or preferences, such as vegetarian or whole foods. Join a kitchen group or start your own by calling Interior Community Services at 250-554-3134. Great for families, students and people with low incomes or special diets, and anyone who wants to eat healthy and have fun.

Kamloops Street Services 250-314-0771

Interior Indian Friendship Society 250-376-1296

New Life Mission 250-372-9898

St. Paul Cathedral 250-372-2581

Sacred Heart Cathedral 250-372-2581

Salvation Army 250-554-1611

The Society of St. Vincent De Paul 250-554-0050

Vancouver Resources

Shelter and Street Help Line
Phone: 604 875-6381
Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
Deaf and hard of hearing callers: TTY 604 875-0885 (collect calls accepted) or Text 604 836-6381

Pivot Legal Society
Pivot Legal Society is a non-profit legal advocacy organization located in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
Contact: (604) 255-9700

The Gathering Place
Operates 7 days a week from 10am-8pm.
Contact: (604) 665-2391
609 Helmcken Street

  • Access to showers, laundry, TV room., free phones, reading room, art programs, music programs and recreation programs. Use the Gathering Place as a mailing address, daytime storage of personal belongings, telephone messages. There are also some rooms available for bookings to local groups.
  • The cafeteria offers three meals a day at very low cost.
  • The Education Centre provides a co-operative environment for people who want high school courses and have found traditional schooling did not meet their needs.
  • Health programs include massage therapy and art therapy. There is also a therapeutic hot tub.
  • Annual membership is $1.00. An additional $5 buys a recreation card which applies to weight room and poolroom. Courses are free but there is a small charge for materials for programs such as photography and pottery.

Carnegie Centre
Contact: (604) 665-2220
401 Main Street
Open 7 days a week 9:00am-11:00pm, a safe drug and alcohol free environment.
Services include: Public Library Reading Room; Senior Centre; Weight Room; Learning / Literacy Centre; Kitchen: 3 nutritional meals a day plus snacks; Art Gallery; Auditorium and Gym; Dark Room and Pottery Room. Outreach program in Oppenheimer Park, Main and Hastings and Pigion Park.

Vancouver Crisis Line (24hrs) - Contact: (604) 872-3311

Legal Aid - Contact: (866) 577-2525

Alcohol & Drugs

ACCESS Detox Line
Contact: (Adult) (866) 658-1221 (toll free)
(Youth) (604) 658-1221 or (866) 658-1221 (toll free)

For Youth

ASH-Safehouse (Aboriginal Youth Safe House)
Offers hot meals to youth 16-18 years old. Alcohol/drug free; clean and sober for 72hrs.
Contact: (604) 254-5147


All Nations Youth Safe House
Offers 3 meals to youth 16-18 years old. Self-referral, curfew. Hard drug free for 72hrs. Goal-oriented. 4:00PM - 9:30AM.
Contact: (604) 584-2625


Covenant House
Offers 3 meals to youth 16-22 years old. No alcohol/drug use 12 hours prior; no detoxing. Structured service, curfew.
Contact: (604) 685-7474
575 Drake, Vancouver

Dusk to Dawn (Directions Youth Centre)
Offers hot meals, laundry, showers, doctor/nurse, to 21 and under. 4:00PM - midnight (hot meal at 8:00PM); after hours emergency services: midnight - 8:00AM (coffee, snacks). No sleeping.
Contact: (604) 633-1472
1134 Burrard St., Vancouver

Iron Horse Youth Safe House
Offers 3 meals, laundry, referrals; for youths 13-18 years old. Structured service, curfew, alcohol/drug free.
Contact: (877) 435-SAFE (7233)

Maples Ridge Marc's Place
Offers services to youth 13-15 years old. Referral via social worker or After Hours. Requires parent/guardian consent.
Contact: (604) 261-7827 After 10:00PM call After Hours: (604) 660-4927

Southwest Vancouver

North Shore Youth Safe House
Offers 3 meals to youth 14-18 years old. Self referral, goal oriented, hard drug free.
Contact: (877) 78-YOUTH (96884)

North Vancouver

Walden Safe House
Offers 3 meals to youth 16-18 years old. Goal oriented, hard drug free.
Contact: (604) 877-1234


UGM-Youth Drop-In
Contact: Tel (604) 688-7587; E-mail: YouthDropin@ugm.ca
1075 Seymour Street
Monday 1:30-7:00, meal at 5:30
Tuesday 11:30-3:00, meal at 2:00
Wednesday 3:00-7:00, meal at 5:30
Thursday 3:00-7:00, meal at 5:30
Friday 1:30-7:00, meal at 5:30

Directions Youth Outreach
Contact: (604) 633-1472; (866) 249-6884 (toll free)
1134 Burrard St. (across from St.Paul's Hospital), Vancouver, BC, V6Z 1Y7
Nous offrons des programmes en francais

Programs for youth 18 and under, and 24 and under.Street Youth Services, Dusk Till Dawn, Street Youth Job Action and GAP. 24-7 Services and Programming, including:

  • Day Resource Centre: 18 & under.
  • Night Resource Center: Youth 21 and under. Safe space, laundry, hot meals, showers, clothing, toiletries.
  • After Hours Crisis Response Service: Youth under 21 who need immediate assistance from social services or police, or for youth who need a safe space while waiting for daytime community services to open.
  • Street Youth Job Action, (SYJA): youth 15-24.employment opportunities for street involved youth.
  • School: Youth 13-18. Working with Vancouver School board to complete high school. Also offers vocational and life skills component
  • Housing Support: Youth under 18 (additional services for youth 18-24)
  • Outreach Services: Youth under 18 (additional services for youth 18-24).
  • Victim Services: Youth under 18. Workers assist youth who are victims of violence to access resources, report a crime to police, and prepare for court.

Covenant House Vancouver
Provides crisis shelter, drop in, transitional living, community support services,pastoral ministry, ROP-supportive housing, and other services.
Contact: (604) 685-7474


Anchor of Hope
(seasonal - open Nov.1- March 31) offers coffee / bun, showers, mats. 11:00PM-6:30AM.
Contact: (604) 646-6899
134 E. Cordova, Vancouver

Belkin House
offers dorms, 3 meals. Drug/Alcohol free.
Contact: (604) 681-3405
555 Homer, Vancouver

Caring Place
Provides 3 meals (lunch and dinner open to public); first come, first served. Drug / alcohol free.
Contact: Day (604) 463-8296 (ext: 102); Night: (604) 807-8290
22188 Lougheed Highway, Maple Ridge

Offers coffee/bun, mats. Opens 11:00PM.
Contact: (604) 669-4349
108 W. Hastings, Vancouver

First Baptist Church
Offers shelter on Tuesday nights only (priority for under-19). Meal offered at 9:00PM.
Contact: (604) 683-8441
969 Burrand Street, Vancouver

Offers dinner after 5:00PM.
Contact: (604) 589-7777
10667 135A Street, Surrey

Grandview Calvary Baptist Church
(between Thanksgiving and Victoria Day) offers dinner on Thursday nights only. 6:30PM-8:00AM.
Contact: (604) 255-1411
1803 East 1st Street

Hyland House
Offers 3 meals, laundry. Alcohol/drug free. Curfew.
Contact: (604) 599-8900
6595 King George Highway, Surrey

Lookout Downtown
Offers 3 meals. Pets welcome. Referrals to needed services.
Contact: (604) 681-9126
346 Alexander, Vancouver

North Shore
Offers 3 meals. Pets welcome. Referrals to needed services.
Contact: (604) 982-9126
705 West 2nd, North Vancouver

Tenth Avenue Church
Offers dinner on Monday nights only. Registration: 6:30PM, Meal: 7:30PM. First come, first served.
Contact: (604) 876 2181
11 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver

Offers 3 meals.
Contact: (604) 254-3700
707 Powell, Vancouver

Tri Cities Cold/Wet Weather Mat Program
(seasonal, Nov. 1 - March 31) offers hot snacks, breakfast, bag lunch. Rotating locations - call for pick up locations. 10PM - 7:00AM.
Contact: (604) 830-1528

Yukon Shelter
Offers 3 meals, refferals to needed services. Small pets welcome.
Contact: (604) 264-1680
2088 Yukon Street (at 5th), Vancouver

Rain City Housing
Provides emergency shelter, food services, long term housing, outreach services and financial administration for people in need.
Contact: (604) 662-7023

For Women

412 Women's Emergency Shelter
Offers showers, laundry, soup, and breakfast. For single women. Focus on harm reduction. 11:00PM - 8:00AM
Contact: (604) 715-8480

Downtown East Side

Bridge Women's Emergency Shelter
Offers single women stays lasting up to 30 days; 3 meals. Focus on harm reduction.
Contact: (604) 684-3542
Downtown East Side

Cynthia's Place
Offers single women 3 meals. Focus on harm reduction.
Contact: (604) 582-2456


Fraserside Emergency Shelter
Offers families and single women 3 meals. Alcohol/drug free.
Contact: (604) 525-3929

New Westminster

New Beginnings (Belkin House)
Offers single women and women with children (no boys over 13) 3 meals. Alcohol / drug free.
Contact: (604) 694-6623


Powell Place
Offers shelter for single women and lesbian couples (not a transition house).
Contact: (604) 606-0403
Downtown East Side

St. Elizabeth Home
Offers 3 meals, laundry for female-headed families, single women, and lesbian couples. Low barrier (not a transition house).
Contact: (604) 606-0412

Mont Pleasant

Sheena's Place
Offers 3 meals to single women or women with children. 1 family per room, singles share (not a transition house).
Contact: (604) 581-1538


Vi Fineday
Offers 3 meals to male or female headed families, childless couples or single women. Alcohol/drug free.
Contact: (604) 736-2423


Welcome Home for Immigrants
Apartment service (fee) for families and singles. Priority given to newcomers.
Contact: (604) 684-7498 (9:00 - 5:00)
530 Drake St., Vancouver

Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter
Provides safe shelter for women in distress.
Contact: (604) 877-0958

For Men

The Beacon
Offers soup / bun, mats. 11:00PM - 6:30AM.
Contact: Day: (604) 646-6800 Night: (604) 646-6846
138 E. Cordova, Vancouver

Catholic Charities Men's Hostel
Provides food voucher. 4:00PM - 7:30AM.
Contact: (604) 443-3292
828 Cambie, Vancouver

College Place
Offers full service, minimal barrier.
Contact: (604) 529-9126
740 Carnarvon, New Westminster

The Haven
Offers nighttime shelter and a hot breakfast. Must vacate during the day.
Contact: Day: (604) 646-6800 Night: (604) 646-6806
128 East Cordova, Vancouver

Richmond House
Offers 3 meals. Alcohol/drug free.
Contact: (604) 276-2490
3111 Shell Road, Richmond

Stevenson House
Offers single night stay. Registration required; first come, first served. 4:30PM - 9:00AM.
Contact: (604) 526-4783
32 Eliot Street, New Westminster

Union Gospel Mission
Offers 2 meals, mats. Alcohol/drug free. 8:30PM - 6:30AM.
Contact: (604) 253-3323
616 East Cordova, Vancouver


Greater Vancouver Food Bank
Provides food to those in need, and offers special programs to provide food for infants and young children.
Contact: (604) 876-3601

Quest Outreach Society
Provides hot sit-down meals in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, and offers emergency food hampers to individuals referred by social service agencies.
Contact: (604) 602-0186


Three Bridges Community Health Centre
Primary Care, Youth Only Hours, Prevention Services for Youth, Home Detox, Methadone Program, Needle Exchange and Counselling.
Contact: (604) 714-3480
301-1290 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1W2

The Lookout Emergency Aid Society
The purpose of the organization is to provide non-judgmental, non-sectarian services to adult men and women who suffer from a wide variety of problems including: mental illness, chronic alcoholism, drug addiction, mental/physical handicaps, chronic health problems, including HIV/Aids, legal issues or those unable to cope.
Contact: (604) 255-0340

Victoria Resources


Streetlink Emergency Shelter
+95 beds; co-ed; food; infrastructure & laundry
Contact: (250) 383-1951
1634 Store Street, Victoria

Salvation Army Addictions & Rehabilitation Centre
+21 beds; men only; no pets; laundry; open 24/7
10 day stay with extension up to 30 days @ discretion
Contact: (250) 384-3396
525 Johnson Street, Victoria

Sobering and Assessment Centre
+20 beds; existing client base; regulations exist
Contact: (250) 213-4444 (24 hr line)
1125 Pembroke Street, Victoria

For Women

Sandy Merriman
+25 beds women only
Contact: (250) 480-1408
809 Burdett Ave., Victoria

For Youth

Victoria Youth Empowerment Society
+10 beds youth co-ed (regulations exist)
Contact: (250) 383-3514
2117 Vancouver Street, Victoria

Y Outreach Van
Douglas & Yates 6pm 7 days a week
+ Various inner city locations
Provides Hot Chocolate & Sandwiches to those under 25 years old
Street Nurse available with van

Drop-in Centres

Our Place Society
Daytime Drop-in only - No Beds
Contact: (205) 385-2454 or (250)883-7762 (cell)
711 Johnson Street, Victoria

Native Friendship Centre (Saanich EWP)
Daytime Drop-in only - No Beds
231 Regina Avenue, Victoria
Contact: (250) 384-3211


The Upper Room
Meals and more.
Monday to Saturday
Lunch Served - 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Dinner Served - 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Contact: (250) 388-7112
919 Pandora Avenue, Victoria, B.C., V8V 3P4

Blanshard & Yates 6pm Downtown Fri & Sat
+ Various inner city locations
Food and hot beverages for anyone who asks

Vancouver St. and Pandora St.
Sunday 3pm Wholesome Vegetarian Meals

Mustard Seed Street Church
Food Bank M-W-F 9am-2pm for families, Thursday only for couples and singles
Contact: Tel: (250) 953-1575
625 Queens Ave. Victoria, V8T 1L9

First Metropolitan Church
932 Balmoral Rd.
Roast Beef Dinner Friday before Welfare Wednesday

Miracle Church
Pembroke & Belmont
5 pm Thursday nights


The Victoria Cool Aid Society
Contact: (250) 383-1977
#102-749 Pandora Ave.

Anawim House
Daily Lunch Mon to Sat
Drop-in 10am-5pm Mon to Thurs
Wed & Fri 10am – 8pm Dinner served 4pm
Drug and Alcohol Free environment with long-term residence for up to 6 adults
Free laundry, showers, and clothing.
Contact: (250) 382-0283
973 Caledonia Ave.

Medical Assistance

VIHA Street Nurses
Provides nursing services and referrals for Sobering and Assessment Centre
Contact: Tanya (250) 361-7056 or Kris (250) 480-8967
1125 Pembroke Street

AIDS Vancouver Island
1601 Blanshard Street
Needle Exchange and Health Care Clinic
Contact: (250) 384-2366 or (800) 665-2437 (toll free)

Legal Services

Victoria Legal Aid
Intake Monday to Friday 9am to 12:30pm
Contact: (250) 388-4516
#200 - 747 Fort Street
Victoria, B.C., V8W 3E9

The Law Centre
3Fl-1221 Broad Street
Victoria, B.C., V8W 2A4
Contact: (250) 385-1221

Victoria Steering Committee on Homelessness
The steering committee is working towards solutions to address homelessness in Greater Victoria.

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