Community Resources

Advocacy and Legal Aid

Access Pro Bono

–          promotes access to justice in BC by providing and fostering quality pro bono legal services for people and non-profit organizations of limited means.

website: accessprobono.ca

phone number: 604.878.7400 or 1.877.762.6664 (toll-free)

email: appointments@accessprobono.ca

Ali Yusuf

–          lawyer offering his services to black folks in need of legal aid

Email: aliyusuf748@gmail.com

Battered Women’s Support Services

–          provides support and advocacy for women, trans women and gender minorities who have experienced abuse. Programs include support groups, counselling, Women’s Safety and Outreach Program, career exploration, legal advocacy, YOUth Ending Violence; and Violence, Media Representations and Families media literacy program

website: www.bwss.org

toll-free phone number: 1.855.687.1868

location: 1424 Commercial Dr PO Box 21503, Vancouver

Legal Services Society: Legal Aid

–          offers a range of free legal services. Gives priority to people with low incomes, but provides many services to all British Columbians. Services include: legal information, advice from duty counsel lawyers and family advice lawyers, and representation to those who qualify and are facing specific types of issues.

website: www.lss.bc.ca

phone number: Greater Vancouver: 604-408-2172; Outside Greater Vancouver: 1-866-577-2525 (call no charge)

phone hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (Mon., Tue., Thu., and Fri.); 9:00 am – 2:30 pm (Wed.)

location: 400 – 510 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC  V6C 3A8

location hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (Mon. through Fri.)

National Congress of Black Women Foundation

–          promotes and facilitates activities and model programs which foster advancement, recognition, health and education of black women and their families through funding and research.

website: www.ncbwf.org

phone number: 604-605-1024

email: info@ncbwf

location: 302 – 4460 Beresford Street, Burnaby, BC V5H 0B8

Rainbow Refugee

–          supports and assists LGBTQ and/or HIV+ asylum seekers, refugee claimants and refugees in Canada

–          holds information drop-ins where lesbian gay bi trans queer /HIV+ people considering or making a claim can learn about the application process and community resources.

–          Sponsorship pilot project: the Federal Government has allocated $100,000 to assist with the sponsorship of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+) asylum seekers who are outside of Canada.

website: www.rainbowrefugee.com

email: info@rainbowrefugee.ca

location: Qmunity 1170 Bute St., Vancouver.

VictimLinkBC

–          toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone service available across B.C. and the Yukon 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-563-0808. It provides information and referral services to all victims of crime and immediate crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence, including victims of human trafficking exploited for labour or sexual services.

website: www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/justice/criminal-justice/victims-of-crime/victimlinkbc

TTY accessible: 604-875-0885; to call collect, please call the Telus Relay Service at 711. Text to 604-836-6381.

phone number: 1-800-563-0808

email: VictimLinkBC@bc211.ca

Community

Immigrant Services Society of BC (ISSofBC)

–          provides a variety of support services, including settlement, education and employment services, for immigrants and refugees to help them get settled, find careers and learn all they need to know about starting their new lives in Canada.

website: issbc.org

contact: search by location on website

email: search by location on website

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House

–          a gathering place where people of all ages, cultures and walks of life can make friends, participate in programs, find resources, share ideas, and contribute to community life. Offers free meals, counselling and children’s programs primarily geared towards low-income families. Located in the heart of the east Vancouver/Commercial Drive area where a large population of trans/gender variant and queer people reside.

website: www.kiwassa.ca

phone number: 604.254.5401

location: 2425 Oxford Street, Vancouver, BC

Mosaic

–          delivers services from 32 client-accessible sites; services include settlement assistance; English language training; employment programs; interpretation and translation; counselling services; and community outreach for families and individuals, including children, youth and seniors.  MOSAIC also offers services for the LGBTQ and temporary foreign worker communities.

website: www.mosaicbc.org

phone number: 604-254-9626

email: info@mosaicbc.org

Saige Community Food Bank – Trans/Gender Variant Safe Space

–          a food bank that provides a safe space for transgender and gender non-conforming or queer individuals to access healthy food, as well as support from their LGBT peers.

website: saigecommunityfoodbank.com

location: Kiwassa Neighbourhood House – 2425 Oxford Street @ Nanaimo – ground level – wheelchair/scooter accessible – the heart of the east Vancouver/Commercial Drive area where a large population of trans/gender variant and queer people reside

Robert Lee YMCA

–          branch of the YMCA, a charity dedicated to strengthening the foundations of community through programs focused on Education and Training, Employment Services, Global Initiatives, Health and Fitness, Health Management, Immigrant Services, and Youth Engagement.

website: gv.ymca.ca

phone number: 604-689-YMCA;

email: robertlee@gv.ymca.ca

location: 955 Burrard St;

YWCA Metro Vancouver

–          working to achieve women’s equality through holistic, integrated programs and services, which help lift women and families out of poverty, provide the best start for children and create new opportunities for education, employment and leadership.

website: ywcavan.org

phone number: 604-895-5800

email: enquire@ywcavan.org

location: 535 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 2E8

Mental Health

Dragonstone Counselling – lower-cost counselling

–           Core values of offering respectful and informed holistic care to people who have experienced marginalization. Lower-cost counselling for $60 or less. They do not turn people away due to lack of funds. Prioritizes lower cost counselling for the following groups of people:

  •         people with disabilities and chronic health conditions; newcomers to Canada; including undocumented newcomers; LGBTQ people, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour; and single parents.

website: www.dragonstonecounselling.ca

phone number: 604-738-7557

email: info@dragonstonecounselling.ca

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House

–          counselling geared towards low-income families. One on one counseling, support, advocacy and referrals are available, including translation, settlement support, family and domestic violence programs, life skills and coaching, education workshops and information and referral services. Located in the heart of the east Vancouver/Commercial Drive area where a large population of trans/gender variant and queer people reside.

website: www.kiwassa.ca

phone number: 604.254.5401

location: 2425 Oxford Street, Vancouver, BC

ProChoices Community Therapy Clinic – lower-cost counselling  

–          By-donation ($20.00 min) feminist, narrative therapy counselling services provided by supervised master’s-level and intern therapists. Runs on a feminist, social-profit model, located  in unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Tsleil-Waututh, and Skwxwú7mesh Territory, Vancouver B.C.

website: prochoices.ca

email: admin@prochoices.ca, or contact via form on website

location: Unit 4, 245 East Broadway, Vancouver – located at the intersection of Kingsway and Broadway, above Our Town Cafe

Sacha Médiné – sliding scale counselling

–          BIPOC counsellor offering sliding scale counselling. Offers individual, family, and relationship counselling based on the belief that, though we may struggle, none of us are broken. Anti-oppression, feminist, anticolonial framework informs his approach.

website: sachamedine.ca

phone number: 778-318-8084, or contact via form on website

email: info@sachamedine.ca   

Scarfe Counselling UBC – free counseling

–          Counseling provided by counselling psychology graduate students, supervised by a psychologist. Clinic runs from September to April.

website: ecps.educ.ubc.ca/counselling-centres/scarfe-free-counselling-clinic

phone number: 604-827-1523 for an appointment (please leave a message)

location: Scarfe Building, UBC Campus (directions will be explained on the phone)

UBC Psychology Clinic – lower-cost counseling

–          Counseling services provided by doctoral student interns, supervised by registered psychologists. $10-$40 per hour.

website: clinic.psych.ubc.ca

phone number: 604-822-3005

location: Vancouver Campus, Douglas T. Kenny Building, 2136 West Mall, Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z4