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The YWCA Seeds of Independence Program is an outreach program providing mobile support to women who have left abusive relationships. Seeds of Independence picks up where crisis services leave off. Our intention is to collaborate with and complement existing services. 

We work with women and children who have exhausted crisis services and require longer-term support to rebuild safe, nurturing and supportive lives for themselves and their families. We can meet women in their home or wherever they are most comfortable to access support. 

The Seeds of Independence program can support women with: 

  • Finding affordable housing 
  • Accessing income assistance 
  • Navigating legal systems 
  • Accompaniments to court and other appointments 
  • Working towards education or employment goals 
  • Longer term emotional support, and 
  • Accessing other resources. 

Women are eligible for services if: 

  • They self-identify as a woman 
  • They have previously left an abusive relationship with an intimate partner (romantic partner, parent, caregiver, etc.) 
  • They are not in immediate crisis 
  • They live in Surrey, New Westminster, White Rock, Delta, Ladner, or Tsawwassen (Exceptions may be made for other communities as well) 

To refer a woman to the Seeds of Independence Program, ask her to call the outreach support worker to complete an intake over the phone. Please contact Jessica West at jwest@ywcavan.org | 604 313 6456 | fax: 604 597 3863