Aunt Leah’s Place

Aunt Leah’s Place in New Westminster is a registered charity that assists young mothers and youth in foster care with supported housing.Our counsellors provide one-to-one counselling sessions and life-skills workshops which help them stabilize within their supported housing programs. For those who need longer-term counselling we continue to provide that support.The organization has entered into a new partnership agreement with BC Housing that will greatly increase their capacity to offer assistance to youth in their Support Link, Link and Thresholds programs. Dan’s Legacy has been invited to provide the mental health component to this expansion of their services, raising the total number of our clients at Aunt Leah’s Place from 100 youth to 135.

 


Coast Mental Health

In September, 2017 we began our pilot project with Coast Mental Health to provide therapeutic support for students participating in the Fall session of the Culinary Skills Training Program. Participants are between the ages of 10-30 with identified mental health challenges. The goal of the pilot is to provide essential counselling support to the students, helping to increase their ability to graduate from the program and receive the necessary education and work experience needed to overcome barriers to employment. Graduates are able to continue their studies at Vancouver Community College or find immediate employment as entry-level cooks in the hospitality industry.

 


Kwikwetlem First Nation

We provide also counselling and life-skills programs to the youth living both within and outside of the Kwikwetlem First Nation community.

 

Broadway Youth Resource Centre

We are currently in development of plans to partner with the Broadway Youth Resource Centre (BYRC) to offer wrap-around services including counselling, life-skills, and an exercise program under the supervision of a certified fitness instructor. We also plan to support clients with their Person’s with Disability (PWD) and Agreements with a Youth Adult (AYA) applications, as well as post-secondary tuition applications to the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training Tuition Waiver Program.

 

Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre

Dan’s Legacy’s Program Director currently participates in a Responsive Intersectoral Children’s Health, Education and Research Initiative (RICHER) table at the Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre in East Vancouver. Here we have identified a need for specialized counselling services for youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), and plan to expand our Supported Program for Youth with FASD workshops. The six- month FASD workshop pilot for this program was successfully completed in May, 2018 in Surrey, and we are in the process of developing a plan to mirror the program with both the Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre and BYRC in Vancouver.