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Welcome to the Survival Manual!

The Survival Manual is a compilation of services for anybody facing change, addiction, a crisis situation, homelessness, hunger or anything urban living throws our way.

Previous versions of the Survival Manual focused on "at risk youth", it has now expanded to include anyone requiring support in their particular endeavors.

Areas of service include counselling, education and professional training, social action research and community development

This manual is a precious tool:

YWCA Health and Wellness Centre

In Vancouver, young mothers can access medical and support services at Evergreen Community Health Centre. The benefit to the program is having all the services under one roof instead of having to visit multiple sites.

YWCA Crabtree Corner

Crabtree Corner Family Resource Centre provides programs and services for families who need them the most. Located in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, one of Canada's most impoverished neighbourhoods, Crabtree Corner helps women and their families improve the qaulity of their lives.

Centre closed please see Drive Youth Employment Services

Centre closed please see Drive Youth Employment Services
www.d-yes.ca

Youth Pregnancy and Parenting Program

In Vancouver, young mothers can access medical and support services at Evergreen Community Health Centre. The benefit to the program is having all the services under one roof instead of having to visit multiple sites.

Youth Net Vancouver

Poor mental health is endangering youth lives. Suicide is the second highest cause of death amongst Canadian youth. We'd all like to feel less depressed and be better able to deal with the things that stress us out in every day life; school, drugs, parents, abuse, expectations, no jobs, friends, life on the streets, relationships....Youth Net Vancouver creates a space for young people to discuss all of these important issues. What's more, we support youth to take action in their communities around issues that are important to them.We'd like to tell you three things: You're not alone.

Youth in BC

We'd like to tell you three things: You're not alone. There are always many different ways to cope with problems. We're here to listen. Your anonymity is assured here. We can offer you resources and support to help you work through your situation.

Youth Drop-In Centre - Union Gospel Mission

Meals served Wednesday to Sunday 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

Boulevard Youth Clinic

For 25 yrs and younger. No Care Card Needed. Birth Control and Emergency Contraceptive. Pregnancy Options Counselling. STI Testing/Treatment, Pap Tests.

Youth Against Violence Line

The Youth Against Violence Line is a 24 hour, province-wide help line that offers young people one-on-one support and information to help them deal with issues of youth violence or crime. It is a safe and anonymous way for them to report - or prevent - violent incidents and criminal activity, or get assistance  with other problems such as bullying, gangs, harassment, or sexual explotation.

Young Wolves Lodge - UNYA

The main goal of the Young Wolves Lodge is to help young women empower themselves to make positive decisions and create positive change in their lives. We do this by offering individual support, information, and referrals to community resources. Our program is designed specifically for young Native women ages 17 - 24 years old. We have three beds for young women who have children in the care of the Ministry of Children & Family Development (MCFD) or someone other than themselves. We also have two beds for young women who have alcohol and drug use.

Young Bears Lodge - UNYA

The main goal of the Young Bears Lodge is to help empower Native youth to make positive change in their lives by offering them the support and resources needed to do so. Our program is designed specifically for Native youth ages 13-18 years old. We incorporate traditional teachings and healing into our approach to alcohol & drug programming. Our program is completely voluntary. If you are interested or have any questions please do not hesitate to call us for more information.

WTF? Queer Men's Early Recovery Group

Want to talk about your use of alchol and/or drugs? How it affects your life? Whether to slow down or stop? WTF is an ongoing and open group for gay, bi, two-spirit and queer men.

BC Women's Hospital

Call ahead, you must make an appointment. Provides information on volunteer opportunities in Vancouver.

WISH Drop In Centre Society

Operated by women for the exclusive use of female survival sex workers aged 19 and over, the WISH Drop-In Centre Society furnishes a variety of services within a nurturing and non-judgmental environment. In addition to meeting essential needs by serving nutritious, hot meals, providing showering facilities, dispensing make-up, hygiene items, and clothing, WISH offers on-site nursing care, referrals to detoxification centres, rehabilitation houses, and shelters for upwards of 150 women per night.

Wings Housing Society

Wings Housing Society provides housing assistance for individuals with HIV/AIDS including Portable Housing subsidies (partial rent payment) throughout BC as well as tenancy in Vancouver's West End.Please call ahead.

Wilp Si Satxw House of Purification

THUY NAMUT PROGAMGrounded in native culture and tradition, this is a 40-day intensive residential program available to First Nations people. Holistic in nature, the program is for those who are ready to put substance abuse behind them. Through carefully developed therapy experiences that build on existing strengths and aspirations, each participant discovers their own unique pathway for continuing recovery from the effects of alcohol and drug abuse.

West End Community Centre

Career and job search for Aboriginal peoples.

The West Program

Career and job search for Aboriginal peoples.

Welfare - Emergency Services - (after hours)

A mental illness may affect people of any age or background. Vancouver Community Mental Health Services offers help and hope for people who have a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, severe depression, behavioural disorders and severe dementia. Services are provided through eight multidisciplinary mental health teams, hospitals, and a variety of specialized services, including some that are partnerships with other care providers.

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