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Are you a woman in Mission or Abbotsford, BC who is safe for the moment, but want to escape abuse? SARA can help.
There are houses in Mission and Abbotsford with a total of 22 beds for women/children who are in crisis, escaping violence, or who are at great risk of being homeless.
SARA’s Abbotsford and Mission transition houses are safe, supportive emergency shelters that welcome women—alone or with children—and provide food, toiletries, and shelter for up to 30 days.
SARA’s Abbotsford and Mission transition houses provide confidential environments, where women can gather legal and income-assistance information and explore crisis counselling options, with help from trained, professional staff.
SARA’s Abbotsford Transition House: Call now. 24-hour access | 604-852-6008
SARA’s Mission Transition House: 604-826-7800
Are you warm and dry? Do you need a place to lay your head tonight?
The Warm Zone
This Abbotsford emergency facility is a drop-in centre for women who find themselves on the street. Here they have access to several necessities and services:
• full bathroom, laundry facilities, and lockers • some clothing and personal-care items • harm reduction supplies • internet and telephone (including long distance) • kitchen stocked with drinks and snacks and a hot meal each Monday, served at 4:00pm • support workers and counsellors and advocacy to medical and legal services • Closed Sundays & statutory holidays
The Warm Zone helps women who are living and working on the streets report “bad dates” and develop personal safety plans.
Do you have safe and stable shelter—an affordable place to “go home to” each night? SARA has three residential programs to serve women in Abbotsford and Mission, BC.
Christine Lamb Residence
Vulnerable women and children in the Fraser Valley can live safe and stable lives and have access to counselling, outreach supports, and many unique programs at this 41-unit, supported second-stage housing program in Abbotsford.
Santa Rosa Place Residence
Santa Rosa Place is a home for women and their children from Mission or Abbotsford. Thirteen self-contained units make up this second-stage transitional housing program located in downtown Mission. Women who live at Santa Rosa Place are alcohol and drug-free.
Penny’s Place in Abbotsford is a first-stage housing program that is home to six women who may be active in an addiction, experiencing mental health concerns, and/or be street engaged. Each resident has her own room with a locking door and shares common areas of the house. A house facilitator lives on site and provides support to the women who live at Penny’s Place. Substance use, smoking, or guests are not allowed in this home.
Download a copy of SARA’s Housing Application here.
counselling & Support
There are offices in Mission and Abbotsford that are places where women can come for support and access to a variety of programs and services. Outreach, counselling, and referral are delivered one-on-one or in group sessions for women and their children.
Stopping the Violence Counselling (STV):
Stopping the Violence counselling is for any woman who has experienced violence, abuse, and/or trauma in her life. Some of the women seeking STV counselling services may have experienced:
- a single recent incident of physical or sexual violence
- prolonged physical, psychological, emotional, sexual, verbal or financial abuse
- long-term effects of childhood abuse.
Women’s Support Groups:
Groups provide psycho-education and support to women who have experienced various forms of trauma and/or abuse in relationships. Women have the opportunity to:
- network and connect with other women
- have a greater understanding of the complexities of their experiences
- shift responsibility for the abuse to the abuser
- understand the societal context for violence against women
- discover personal strengths
- experience empowerment
Individual counselling and group counselling are provided at no cost for women
Women exiting abuse violence and exploitation (WEAVE)
WEAVE PROGRAM is for women who want to leave the sex trade 604-746-3301
The WEAVE project at the Warm Zone falls under the leadership of The Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver (EFry) who is acting as the contracted service provider in a three agency delivery model: (EFRY, Abbotsford Community Services (ACS) and SARA for women (SARA). The project draws from the resources of the three agencies to assist women in Abbotsford to exit prostitution. Outreach workers will connect with the women involved in prostitution in the community or returning to the community from prison and who want to exit from prostitution. Psycho-educational groups, safe housing, addiction counselling and treatment, and clinical counselling will form a continuum of services. Through case management, women will engage in activities to increase their community support and address their health, education, employment, and parent needs to best prepare them to exit the sex trade.
The Children Who Witness Abuse Program
The children who witness abuse program (CWWA) provides a safe and supportive environment for children and youth ages 4-18, who have had exposure to violence, abuse and or trauma. Children must be living away from the abusive person. The program provides:
- short term education about violence, abuse and or trauma
- individual and group counselling for children and youth
- parental education and support groups for caregivers
Children and youth are provided with education and information regarding:
- abuse, personal rights, responsibilities, and safety
- appropriate management of feelings
- how they are not alone
- breaking the intergenerational cycle of abuse
- building self-esteem
- teaching non-violent ways of resolving conflict
- and that abuse is never their fault
Baby’s Best Chance Pregnancy Outreach
Baby’s Best Chance programs support healthy living for women. We support women throughout their pregnancies until six months after delivery, by promoting positive health practices and adequate weight gain for both the mother and child.
“Baby’s Best Chance” Pregnancy Outreach Program is dedicated to providing women who are experiencing high-risk pregnancies, teens, women with drug or alcohol concerns, and women with low income with the following services:
- pre-natal classes
- bi-weekly lunches
- pre-natal vitamins
- group and one-on-one support
- outreach services
- referrals to other community resources
- dietary and health information
Telephone: 604.820.8455 Fax: 604.820.8495 firstname.lastname@example.org
Groups for Moms
Each lunch provides an opportunity for clients to get answers to their health-related questions, from a nurse and counselor and to socialize over a nutritious lunch. For more information call 604-820-8455 (ext: 603).
“Young Adults Positively Parenting Independently and Enthusiastically” Support Group (YAPPIE)
This group is based on the “Nobody’s Perfect” program, focusing on parenting skills and serving as a social support network for women in the months following childbirth. The program provides childcare services, transportation to and from the group, snacks, speakers, and is open to any woman who has recently had a baby. Women new to the Mission area are warmly welcomed to attend. For more information call 604-820-8455 (ext: 603).
Fronya Thrift Boutique
Fronya’s name pays homage to the first name of the women’s group who started this organization. It’s a small social enterprise on First Avenue in Mission that supports community members, raises revenue for program delivery and provides job training for women.