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WELCOME TO
Helping Spirit Lodge Society

Helping Spirit Lodge Society (HSLS) provides wrap-around services to women and children fleeing domestic violence. Women access our transition house, second stage programming and subsidized housing units.  HSLS also provides services to both women and men through the Journey Home program which assists the homeless population seeking housing, and employment resources; as well as access to our wellness services.

WELCOME TO
Helping Spirit Lodge Society

Helping Spirit Lodge Society (HSLS) provides wrap-around services to women and children fleeing domestic violence. Women access our transition house, second stage programming and subsidized housing units.  HSLS also provides services to both women and men through the Journey Home program which assists the homeless population seeking housing, and employment resources; as well as access to our wellness services.

WHAT WE DO

Helping Spirit Lodge Society provides shelter, support, education and a safe environment to women, children and families to enhance their wellness, self-sufficiency and connection to community and cultural identity.

JOURNEY HOME

Helping Spirit Lodge Society provides shelter, support, education and a safe environment to women, children and families to enhance their wellness, self-sufficiency and connection to community and cultural identity.

The Housing Navigator, Cultural Housing Support Worker and Community Resource Coordinator of the Journey to Home program offers the following assistance with your search for subsidized and market housing.

  • One on One Case Management
  • Assessment of housing needs while providing several layers of housing support
  • Connection with community resources, services and referrals
  • Landlord and tenant information, ongoing support
    and mediation.
  • Cultural , recreational and educational connections.
  • Access to educational and employment support, as well as life skills development.
  • Emergency living expenses and housing support funds for eligible Housing First participants.

About Helping Spirit
Lodge Society

Helping Spirit Lodge Society provides excellent service to Women and Children fleeing violence. Women have access to: Transition House, Second Stage Programming and Subsidized housing units, Journey Home – to assist the homeless population seeking housing, Employment Resources, and a Wellness Center. To Support women moving through trauma the Helping Spirit Lodge Society provides therapeutic interventions including counselling, acupuncture and massage therapy. This organization primarily seeks to help aboriginal women and children but do not close their doors to others.

Helping Spirit Lodge Society has served the Greater Vancouver community for 28 years and has helped thousands of individuals. The philosophy of Helping Spirit Lodge Society is unique in that it addresses the issues of Aboriginal family violence from a holistic perspective.

The cycle of violence need not be passed on to the next generation; it can be stopped here. To interrupt this cycle requires both intervention and reconstruction phases. Helping Spirit Lodge Society is active in developing strategies which will confront the issues and determine which direction is to be taken.

The organizations work is shaped by the belief that it is the Aboriginal people who must set the agenda in providing solutions to problems that adversely affect their traditionally proud cultural inheritance. Helping Spirit Lodge Society can be an instrument of direction and change for the larger community by replacing violent and coercive behaviors with ones of mutual respect and understanding.

We must first acknowledge the prevalence of the problem within the Aboriginal community and a strategy to heal the individual and subsequently the family can be developed.

The primary task is to provide sanctuary in an alcohol and drug free environment. Through activities which are culturally relevant to the victim, the healing process can then begin. The program will provide a framework within which practical life skills training occurs – skills related to health management, home management, relationships, vocational training, goal setting and parenting skills.

Underlying this education will be the strength of spiritual traditions and teachings.

About Helping Spirit
Lodge Society

Helping Spirit Lodge Society provides excellent service to Women and Children fleeing violence. Women have access to: Transition House, Second Stage Programming and Subsidized housing units, Journey Home – to assist the homeless population seeking housing, Employment Resources, and a Wellness Center. To Support women moving through trauma the Helping Spirit Lodge Society provides therapeutic interventions including counselling, acupuncture and massage therapy. This organization primarily seeks to help aboriginal women and children but do not close their doors to others.

Helping Spirit Lodge Society has served the Greater Vancouver community for 25 years and has helped thousands of individuals. The philosophy of Helping Spirit Lodge Society is unique in that it addresses the issues of Aboriginal family violence from a holistic perspective.

The cycle of violence need not be passed on to the next generation; it can be stopped here. To interrupt this cycle requires both intervention and reconstruction phases. Helping Spirit Lodge Society is active in developing strategies which will confront the issues and determine which direction is to be taken.

The organizations work is shaped by the belief that it is the Aboriginal people who must set the agenda in providing solutions to problems that adversely affect their traditionally proud cultural inheritance. Helping Spirit Lodge Society can be an instrument of direction and change for the larger community by replacing violent and coercive behaviors with ones of mutual respect and understanding.

We must first acknowledge the prevalence of the problem within the Aboriginal community and a strategy to heal the individual and subsequently the family can be developed.

The primary task is to provide sanctuary in an alcohol and drug free environment. Through activities which are culturally relevant to the victim, the healing process can then begin. The program will provide a framework within which practical life skills training occurs – skills related to health management, home management, relationships, vocational training, goal setting and parenting skills.

Underlying this education will be the strength of spiritual traditions and teachings.

Women and Violence

According to the Canadian Women’s Foundation, about half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one case of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16. Approximately 67% of Canadians say they know a woman who has experienced physical or sexual abuse.

About 3,491 women and their children stay in shelters because home is not safe; however, about 300 women and children are turned away because shelters are full.

Unfortunately many cases of domestic violence happen within the walls of the home, and according to Canadians Women’s Health Network, women and children are the victims of 75% of those violent actions. Imagine not feeling safe within the walls of your own home, the one place you should always feel safe in.

Job Posting

Transition House Support Worker

February 7th, 2018|0 Comments

Position: Transition House Support Worker Term : Casual On Call POSITION SUMMARY: The support worker’s role is to carry out the purpose and objectives of Helping Spirit Lodge Society through the support and advancement of Aboriginal women and children fleeing violence.  Ensure a commitment to provide safe and protective shelter. Maintain cohesion in the residence by: assessing critical incidents, making timely decisions and mediating when necessary. Delivery of a holistic program that enhances the lives of the community we serve.  [...]

Donate Securities

HOW TO MAKE A GIFT OF SECURITIES

The process of making the donation is very simple that securities can easily be transferred from the donor’s brokerage account to a brokerage account held by Helping Spirit Lodge Society.

The donor taxable income will be able to deduct the entire gift in the current or following five years. Please contact Helping Spirit Lodge if you are considering donate securities. We can provide custom tax illustrations to show you how donate securities will work in your circumstance, and will facilitate the transfer, ensure a timely tax receipt.

TAX BENEFITS FOR DONATE SECURITIES

Donate publicly traded securities that have appreciated in value will extend your tax savings even further. Most people donate securities end up with an after-tax cost that is less than one-half of the donation.

If you have invested wisely in highly appreciated securities, selling these securities could subject you to significant capital gains tax (a tax on the amount the investment has increased in value). When you donate securities traded on a designated stock exchange directly to Helping Spirit Lodge Society, you will benefit from the donation tax credit and the complete elimination of the capital gains tax. As a result, the combined tax savings can be quite impressive.

To illustrate the tax effects for a BC resident, let’s look at the tax consequences of a $1,000 gift of publicly traded securities made in 2013. For the purposes of this example, we will assume:

  • The donor paid $500 to acquire this stock, but it is now worth $1,000, so their capital gain is $500 (the taxable portion of this gain is 50% of this or $500);
  • The individual’s marginal tax rate is in the mid-range at 32.5% (for the purposes of calculating the tax on the capital gain);
  • The individual has sufficient income to be able to deduct the entire donation in the current or following five years.

When receiving a charitable receipt in the amount of $1,000 (the value of the securities), donor will pay $437 less in income tax ($1,000 x 43.7%), filing the tax return in early 2014.

The complete elimination of capital gains results in additional tax savings of $81 ($500 x 50% x 32.5%)

The net cost of the donation of $1,000 drops to only $482 (the $1,000 securities minus $437 tax credit minus the $81 savings on capital gains tax).

OUR CODE OF ETHICS

Our Mission/Vision

Helping Spirit Lodge is the leading Indigenous women’s organization in the Lower Mainland to alleviate family violence and enhance community wellness through a traditional, holistic approach.

·To provide a safe, protective shelter to Indigenous women and children

·To provide holistic educational programs of enhancement

·To provide support and advocacy to Indigenous peoples

 

Our Philosophy

The philosophy of Helping Spirit Lodge Society is unique in that it addresses the issues of Indigenous family violence from a holistic perspective.

The cycle of violence need not be passed on to the next generation; it can be stopped here. To interrupt this cycle requires both the intervention and reconstruction phases. Helping Spirit Lodge Society is active in developing strategies which will confront the issues and determine which direction is to be taken.

Our work is shaped by our belief that it is the Aboriginal people who must set the agenda in providing solutions to problems that adversely affect their traditionally proud cultural inheritance.

Helping Spirit Lodge Society can be an instrument of direction and change for the larger community by replacing violent and coercive behaviours with ones of mutual respect and understanding.

We must first acknowledge the prevalence of the problem within the Aboriginal community and then to develop a strategy to heal the individual and subsequently the family.

The primary task is to provide sanctuary in an alcohol and drug free environment. Through activities which are culturally relevant to the victim, the healing process can then begin. The program will provide a framework within which practical life skills training occurs – skills related to health management, home management, relationships, vocational training, goal setting and parenting skills.

Underlying this education will be the strength of our spiritual traditions and teachings.

Every sunrise says
welcome home
there is always a place for you.

ELIGIBILITY

Helping Spirit Lodge Society’s Journey Home services are available to individuals (ages 19 or over) and/or families. The program focuses on supporting the diverse barriers experienced by the urban homeless population, with a special focus on Indigenous peoples and families who are chronically or episodically homeless especially those fleeing abuse or violence.

Our services are voluntary and driven by client choice. Journey Home promotes longterm housing stability as well as culturally appropriate community engagement.

Every sunrise says
welcome home
there is always a place for you.

ELIGIBILITY

Helping Spirit Lodge Society’s Journey Home services are available to individuals (ages 19 or over) and/or families. The program focuses on supporting the diverse barriers experienced by the urban homeless population, with a special focus on Indigenous peoples and families who are chronically or episodically homeless especially those fleeing abuse or violence.

Our services are voluntary and driven by client choice. Journey Home promotes longterm housing stability as well as culturally appropriate community engagement.

Our Team

Administration

Executive Director- Olivia Jim

Chief Financial Officer- Lily Kang

Spirit Way Second Stage Housing

Spirit Way Supervisor

Journey Home

Coordinator- no names needed

Housing Navigator

Housing Access Worker

Housing Outreach worker

Spirit Lodge Transition House

Spirit Lodge Supervisor

Kingsway Sierra

Spirit Way Supervisor

Interested parties should contact the Journey Home Program at
604-874-6649 to arrange a confidential intake interview and assessment.

Our Team

Administration

Executive Director- Olivia Jim

Chief Financial Officer- Lily Kang

Spirit Way Second Stage Housing

Spirit Way Supervisor

Journey Home

Coordinator- no names needed

Housing Navigator

Housing Access Worker

Housing Outreach worker

Spirit Lodge Transition House

Spirit Lodge Supervisor

Kingsway Sierra

Spirit Way Supervisor

Interested parties should contact the Journey Home Program at 604-874-6649 to arrange a confidential intake interview and assessment.

Executive Board of Directors

Doris Peters
President

Tasneem Razvi
Vice President

Adriana Ruso
Treasurer

Renee Aldana
Secretary

Lillian Antelope
Director

Doris Peters
President

Tasneem Razvi
Vice President

Adriana Ruso
Treasurer

Renee Aldana
Secretary

Lillian Antelope
Director

Helping Spirit Lodge Society feels it is important to honor and acknowledge everyone
who has contributed to building a safer and healthier community.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

The Journey Home Housing First program provides a range of housing and social support services that are voluntary, individualized, client centered, self-determined, culturally appropriate, portable, and promote cultural and social engagement.

      • Clients determine what kind of services they require.
      • Clients choose the location and the type of housing
        they receive.

Working with the “No Wrong Door” approach the program is able to connect clients with the appropriate services of client’s choice and according to client’s self-identified needs even if those services are not offered within the organization.

Participation in referral services is voluntary and not a condition for housing support.

SERVICES FROM HELPING SPIRIT
LODGE SOCIETY (HSLS)

Journey Home Housing First

Life Skills Training Program

Spirit Lodge Transition House

Provides a range of support services and for male or female individuals and families to access and maintain permanent housing options with special focus on Urban Aboriginal Peoples who are Chronically or Episodically Homeless.

Monthly Learning Modules for Life Skills development to maintain  permanent housing.

Mapping Your Journey Home
Life Skills Training Series

A first-stage transition house for women and children fleeing violence and abuse their. Housing is provided for a maximum of 30 days.

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Spirit Way

Kingsway Sierra

Wellness Center

Provides housing to Indigenous women and their children who are fleeing from violence. Housing is provided up to 18 months with access to programs and services provided by HSLS and the journey Home Program.

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Kingsway Sierra provides mixed market housing to singles in bachelor suites or couples in a one bedroom.

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Massage* – Wednesdays
Acupuncture – Mondays

*Please note that these are students from Vancouver College of Massage Therapy, and are unable to treat you if you have an open ICBC or WorkSafe claim.

Please contract us to book an appointment 604-874-6649

Journey Home Housing First

Provides a range of support services and for male or female individuals and families to access and maintain permanent housing options with special focus on Urban Indigenous Peoples who are Chronically or Episodically Homeless.

Life Skills Training Program

Monthly Learning Modules for Life Skills development to maintain  permanent housing.

Mapping Your Journey Home
Life Skills Training Series

Spirit Lodge Transition House

A first-stage transition house for women and children fleeing violence and abuse their. Housing is provided for a maximum of 30 days.

Spirit Way

Provides housing to Indigenous women and their children who are fleeing from violence. Housing is provided up to 18 months with access to programs and services provided by HSLS and the journey Home Program.

Kingsway Sierra

Kingsway Sierra provides mixed market housing to singles in bachelor suites or couples in a one bedroom.

Wellness Center

Massage* – Wednesdays
Acupuncture – Fridays

*Please note that these are students from Vancouver College of Massage Therapy, and are unable to treat you if you have an open ICBC or WorkSafe claim.

Please contract us to book an appointment 604-874-6629

I acknowledge that my work takes place on the traditional, unceded territories of the Coast
Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh
(Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
As well as The Hwlitsum, Katzie, Kwantlen, Kwikwetlem, Matsqui, Qayqayt, Semiahmoo, and Tsawassen First Nations. All of whom are members of the Coast Salish Nation.
Occupied by the Municipality of Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia, and the Government of Canada.

I acknowledge that my work takes place on the traditional, unceded territories of the Coast
Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh
(Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
As well as The Hwlitsum, Katzie, Kwantlen, Kwikwetlem, Matsqui, Qayqayt, Semiahmoo, and Tsawassen First Nations. All of whom are members of the Coast Salish Nation.
Occupied by the Municipality of Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia, and the Government of Canada.

Musqueam Nation

Squamish Nation

Tsawwassen Nation

Tsleil-Waututh Nation

“THE WALK IN CLOSET”

In partnership with Winners/Marshalls/Homesense,  The Walk-In Closet provides clothing, bedding, home decoration and small household items to all housing clients. No referral necessary, drop in possible, making an appointment preferred.

FREE WIFI

Our Computer Lab with free WIFI is available to all clients for housing search and to research or access educational, job, training, spiritual or recreational connections and services.

Rozene Cleaning
Regular Maintenance

Let Us Do The Cleaning So You Can Do What You Do Best – If your not in the business of cleaning, let us take care of you. We are sure your time can be better spent elsewhere. We have trained WHMIS staff who are excellent at what they do. Let us take any stress or anxiety you may have in regards to cleaning your office or home. Don’t let it get the best of you. We are positive you will be happy with our service and products.

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Community Resources

POLICE/LEGAL

      • Police Emergency: 911
      • Police Non-Emergency: 604.717.3535
      • Native Court Workers: 604.687.0281
      • Vancouver Police & Native Liaison Society: 604.687.8411
      • The Legal Services Society/Legal Aid. 604-601-6000

SUPPORT AND COUNSELLING

WEBSITES

Here are some web sites that we have found useful. If you would like to add to this list please contact us

Useful Websites

OUR SPONSORS

We want to gratefully acknowledge our present and past funding partners who have helped us to realize our mission.

HELPING
SPIRIT LODGE

Helping Spirit Lodge Society is the leading Indigenous women’s organization in the Lower Mainland to alleviate family violence and enhance community wellness through a traditional, holistic approach.

Helping Spirit
Lodge Society

HELPING
SPIRIT LODGE

Helping Spirit Lodge Society is the leading Indigenous women’s organization in the Lower Mainland to alleviate family violence and enhance community wellness through a traditional, holistic approach.

Helping Spirit Lodge

Helping Spirit
Lodge Society

HELPING
SPIRIT LODGE

Helping Spirit Lodge Society is the leading Indigenous women’s organization in the Lower Mainland to alleviate family violence and enhance community wellness through a traditional, holistic approach.