Programs

Journey Home

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

Program Success Stories

“Before meeting the Journey Home team from Helping Spirit Lodge Society, I was homeless and had very limited options. I am deeply grateful for the support and help (housing, clothes – through donations, food, grocery etc.) I received through the program up to this far. I am now happy and back to my normal life, working and even doing the volunteer work which I am passionate about.”

Patricia T.

“After a few unlucky breaks with my health and with my employer, I found myself homeless for the first time in my life at age 39. For quite a while, I was managing, but just barely. I couch-surfed, booked short-term rentals, and then even shorter-term rentals. Everything felt just out of reach. I tried my best to maintain a normal life. I remained employed, for the most part, of the two years I was without a home. However, I felt things fall away, one by one. I was perpetually exhausted. My anxiety and stress levels were through the roof.

Eventually, I was unable to work. I spend weeks on the streets, scraping by, until I found myself in a 30-day shelter. While there, I was finally able to rest. I had regular meals. I found a new job and I found about the Journey Home Program from Helping Spirit Society. Having never been on Social Assistance, I didn’t have access to a lot of the services offered to those who are. I always felt I needed a little help, a little push, and Journey Home was that push for me. I was on the brink and they pushed me over to the other side.

They helped me secure a safe and comfortable apartment, furnish it, and provided me with groceries to get me started. Today, six months in, I finally have the comfort and security that I was desperately needing. This service was exactly what I needed as someone who was on the fringes but wanting to provide for myself and contribute to society.“

Thank you, Journey Home Program and the team.

Brock P.

 

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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

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

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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.

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Kingsway Sierra

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

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Wellness Center

Massage* – Wednesdays Acupuncture – Mondays

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I acknowledge that my work takes place on the traditional, unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xWməθkwəyəm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səlílwəta?/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.