Helping women in the Vancouver east side and other communities is our job. We help honor the one’s who have been passed away, provide shelter to women who need it and once ready we offer them jobs in various sectors including local shops, Vancouver car rental businesses and more. Honestly, where ever we can.
It Starts With Drug Addiction
We will present comprehensive information about drug addiction and its consequences. Specifically, we will send guest speakers into British Columbia’s communities, their schools, victim service organizations and social clubs. They will present the bio-psycho-social contributors to addiction, the tragic consequences, offer solutions and provide proof of success.
We have helped people
The school participants will be encouraged to put their new understandings into action by forming MISSING WOMEN’S YOUTH ACTION COMMITTEES.
Each individual will contract to “Make a difference in our world”. forming a working relationship with the parent non-profit society.
Restorative One-Year Program
*Rapid Opiate Detoxification and traditional detoxification therapies as appropriate.
*Cognitive Style Program covering the bio-psycho-social aspects of addiction and recovery; rebuilding emotional, mental, physical and spiritual health.
The later will be provided along to the recovering addict and her significant others; independently and in conjunction as appropriate.
Conclusion of the Restorative Program
Our guest speakers provide a personal and accessible face
to British Columbia’s public tragedy “The Missing Women”.
We make it ‘real’. This provides the necessary impact to the subject matter – which increases information retention and promotes new adaptations in future behaviour patterns; specifically related to drug use and community activism.
Our restorative program allows one full year to digest and incorporate the comprehensive rehabilitation information and behaviour choices. They will walk the talk and succeed.
Our willingness to include counselling for family and significant others as a key component in our clients’ program increases the likelihood of families reuniting in a productive and permanent way
Support Recovery Project
Our awareness of the needs of this population (women suffering from addiction and forced by addiction into prostitution) grew steadily from 1998 to the present.
Independent research – talking with men and women suffering from addiction on the streets of Downtown, Vancouver East side, combined with several months of AA & NA meetings as well as a review of psychological and medical research on addiction – lead us to acknowledge the lack of adequate detox and rehabilitation programs available for women. There is consistently a waiting list for both types of programs and the rehabilitation programs are in our estimation too short to adequately serve the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of the clients.
Skills And Training
MWLS’s 12 – 18 month program will be providing:
*private and group counseling with a qualified Dr. of Psychology *24hr supervision and counseling by certified
Drug and Alcohol counselors
*life skill training in
These skills will be provided in both overt and covert systems of delivery. Volunteers will provide art classes in several mediums, musical instruction, gardening and other hobbies, and communication skills – reading and creative writing.
Community Involvement in General
MWLS proposes a community involvement model evident in our recreation and art therapies.
We take issue with the isolation model used by most care providers. We encourage appropriate and safe interaction with the community and its supportive individuals. Our staff and volunteers act as role models – compassionate, non-substance abusing, high functioning members of society.
They will offer safe situations where clients can engage new social skills building trust in their ability to function outside of their previous social sphere. To function in their new environment, outside of active addiction, our clients need
to believe that they belong, have intrinsic value and purpose.
Community involvement also increases the community’s awareness of its social responsibility to all marginalized populations and encourages higher levels of positive individual and community involvement and activism.
It is within this inclusion model that MWLS will provide therapy and life skills for family members and significant others as a basic component of our clients program. We have noted that isolation or highly restricted models do not provide the skills necessary for re-entry into the world at large.
What most frequently happens is that clients run into the consequences of their past choices. Families are unwilling to trust in the new skills being touted by the client, and rely instead on survival skills previously learned – primarily distrust and alienation. MWLS proposes that this will not happen if family and significant others are included ( as appropriate ) in the client’s process of healing.
Children are included in the term “family” and it is our intent
to offer the children reasonable access to their mothers. While we do not anticipate engaging in active cognitive or behavioral therapy with the children, we will offer supervised opportunities for mothers and children to interact and have fun. It is our belief that positive and safe interaction, on a regular basis, will indeed promote family healing and provide opportunities for clients
to engage in and pass on new and positive skills.
Legacy House Support Recovery
Home is located in a rural setting within c. 15 minutes of the city facilities.
The site is in a rural setting within 12 – 17 minutes of the economic core, hospital, fire station, adult learning center, recreation center and library of Maple Ridge, B.C. The bus service is within a short walking distance during peak travel times.
The site has 3 acres of land, a separate building housing an existing integrated daycare, and a 10-bedroom house built as a group home in the 1970’s.
It has approximately 6000 square feet of living space. The main floor houses the 10 bedrooms, kitchen (with 2 stoves), dining/living room area, a separate quiet or reading room, 6 complete bathrooms, several storage areas, a laundry room and a pantry. Downstairs offers 2 offices, one large storage room, a very large open space used for recreation and classroom activities and a bathroom. The grounds offer plenty of open space for play, relaxation, and privacy.