Crabtree Kitchen
Programs & Services

YWCA Crabtree Corner

YWCA Crabtree Corner is a welcoming community and resource centre in the Downtown Eastside for women and families.  

Crabtree Corner houses many services under one roof, from transitional housing for expecting and new mothers in recovery to child care, parenting programs, a community kitchen and programs for self-identified women who have experienced abuse. 

Staff and volunteers meet people where they are at with support, resources, programs and referrals. 

How Crabtree serves the community

Crabtree Corner Community Kitchen provides women and their families with free, nutritious breakfasts and lunches, five days a week. Many of the ingredients come from the YWCA Rooftop Garden and every meal is made fresh in house. 

 

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Crabtree Corner Early Learning and Child Care Centre provides free, licensed, short-term early learning and care for children, available by booking. We also offer subsidized child care for families who qualify. 

Reservations for the following week are taken by phone only, each Wednesday. Please call 604 216 1655 between 1:00pm-1:30pm to reserve your child’s spot. After 1:30pm, please call 604 216 1650. 

Many Crabtree Corner programs provide opportunities for caregivers and children to connect as a family, build strong bonds and create special moments through free and fun activities.  

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Crabtree Corner offers supportive transitional housing and programs for pregnant and parenting women in recovery, based on a harm reduction model. 

 

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Crabtree Corner provides support for families and children who are affected by FASD, have been diagnosed with FASD, or are suspected to have an FASD diagnosis. 

 

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Crabtree Corner supports Indigenous culture by facilitating and creating safe spaces for the community to gather, learn from each other, share knowledge and build community. 

Supports at Crabtree Corner
Nutritious Meals

Crabtree Corner Community Kitchen provides women and their families with free, nutritious breakfasts and lunches, five days a week.

Many of the ingredients come from the YWCA Rooftop Garden and every meal is made fresh in house. 

Breakfast hours  

Monday to Friday:
8:45am-9:45am 

Lunch drop-in hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 
1:00pm- 2:30pm  
Wednesday:
12:00pm-1:15pm  

Early Learning and Child Care

Crabtree Corner Early Learning and Child Care Centre provides free, licensed, short-term early learning and care for children, available by booking. 

We have space for up to 24 children from aged six weeks to their sixth birthday, for up to 72 hours a month. 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday  
9:00am-3:30pm  

Wednesday  
9:00am-2:30pm 

Reservations for the following week are taken by phone only, each Wednesday. Please call 604 216 1655 between 1:00pm - 1:30pm to reserve your child’s spot. After 1:30pm, please call 604 216 1650. 

Resources for Families

Many Crabtree Corner programs provide opportunities for caregivers and children to connect as a family, to build strong bonds and to create special memories through free and fun activities.

  • Intergenerational Grandparents' Group 
  • Saturday Family Activity Program 
  • Family Outreach Worker 

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Resources for Parents

Crabtree Corner programs focus on supporting women who parent alone and grandparents raising children so they feel more supported, connected and informed about programs and services that benefit their families. 

  • My Tween and Me 
  • Nobody's Perfect Parent Program
  • Single Mothers' Support Group
  • CAPC Parenting Group 
  • CAPC Support Worker 
  • My New Home for Latinx Mothers 
  • Food, Facts and Fun  
  • FASD Support Group 

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Resources for Children

Crabtree Corner offers programs that support children’s development and that help them be prepared to enter school. 

  • Early learning and child care 
  • Books, Bags and Babies group 
  • Music Together group 
  • FASD Key Worker 
  • AIDP worker 

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Cultural and Indigenous Programming  

Crabtree Corner supports Indigenous culture by facilitating and creating safe spaces for the community to gather, learn from each other, share knowledge and build community. 

 

  • Elder in Residence 
  • Traditional Knowledge Keepers group 
  • Asian Knowledge Keepers group 
  • AIDP worker 
  • Books, Bags and Babies Group 

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Crabtree Corner Community Kitchen 

Crabtree Corner staff and volunteers make breakfast and lunch with fresh ingredients for women and families five days a week. 

There are also volunteer opportunities to build kitchen skills and gain certifications. 

 

  • Hot Meals – Breakfast 
  • Hot Meals – Lunch 
  • Community Kitchen Group – General Volunteer 
  • Volunteer Training Program Day Care Cooking Group 

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Crabtree's Housing Resources 

Crabtree Corner Housing is a supportive transitional housing community.

There are 12 self-contained furnished suites for pregnant women and new mothers who are in recovery. 

  • HPP worker 
  • Transition Housing for Mothers in Recovery 

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Crabtree's Resources for Women who have Experienced Abuse

Crabtree Corner provides practical and emotional supports, including one-to-one and groups, for women who have experienced abuse or violence in a relationship. 

  • Violence Prevention Group  
  • Violence Prevention Support Staff 

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Our impact
34

Parents and children participated in the Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Program.

1,600

Pounds of produce harvested from our Rooftop Garden to prepare nutritious meals for single moms and kids.

24,662

Plates of fresh, nutritious food served to women and families in the Downtown Eastside.

YWCA Crabtree Corner

Make a Difference

We project a $2.46 million deficit in 2021 as a result of ongoing pandemic-related impacts on the YWCA Hotel and Health + Fitness Centre, which help fund our programs. 

Your donation will help us continue to serve women and families during this critical time.