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Programs and services at Crabtree

From transitional housing for expecting and new mothers with substance use issues, to child care, a community kitchen and violence prevention, YWCA Crabtree Corner Community Resource Centre meets women and families where they are at, providing them with the support to move forward in life.

Programs and services offered at Crabtree Corner

Without a stable place to live, it's hard to move forward in life. Crabtree Corner offers 12 units of transitional housing for parenting and pregnant women who are overcoming substance use issues. Pregnant women can stay for up to nine months after giving birth, and mothers trying to regain custody of their children can stay for up to 12 months.

Hot meal programs

YWCA Crabtree Corner’s community kitchen provides women and their families in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with tasty, nutritious breakfasts and lunches, five days a week. Food is made from scratch using produce from the YWCA’s Rooftop Garden and through generous donations from the community.

YWCA Crabtree Corner Hot Meals Program is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

Food, Facts and Fun!

An interactive program that aims to share healthy eating habits while increasing food security for mothers and their families. Participants are encouraged to rediscover joy in cooking and explore their connection to nourishment and community-building through food. After each session, participants receive a food hamper with ingredients for the meal served that day.



The Aboriginal Infant Development Program provides support to Indigenous families whose children are at risk for or have been diagnosed with developmental delays. The program is focused on children up to age six and incorporates traditional Indigenous practices. Home visits and accompaniment to appointments are also provided when needed, as well as assistance with doctor’s visits.

Books, Bags and Babies

This early literacy intervention program for parents and children received the 2010 United Way Celebrations Community Award. The program incorporates reading, storytelling, drumming, crafts and other Indigenous traditions to encourage early childhood literacy. Parents gain confidence and parenting skills while learning the importance of literacy and how to introduce it to their children.

Early Learning and Child Care

Crabtree Corner Early Learning and Child Care Centre offers short-term care for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years in the Downtown Eastside. Parents are able to reserve a space for their child one week in advance, giving them the opportunity to attend appointments or parenting programs.


Single Mothers' Support Groups

Crabtree Corner is just one of the many YWCA locations that provide weekly Single Mothers' Support Groups. In a safe and comfortable environment, single moms are able to exchange information, encourage each other to access resources and build networks. Child-minding is provided to ensure moms are able to participate fully.

Nobody's Perfect Parenting program

Nobody's Perfect Parenting is an education and support program for parents of children up to the age of six. Delivered in a series of six weekly group sessions, participants are encouraged to work together to learn positive parenting skills. Parents meet once a week to share new tools and methods of caring for their children. Child-minding, dinner and bus tickets are provided.

Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) Parenting Group

A group for women who are navigating motherhood and eager to explore how to support their children and themselves in healthy, sustainable ways. The group runs throughout the year (with cycles of six weeks that focus on different themes). Lunch is included.

The Community Action Program for Children is an initiative funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada. CAPC provides long-term funding to community coalitions to deliver programs that support the healthy development of children.


Family Support Program

The Family Support Program aims to provide outreach support to women with children in the Downtown Eastside. The program also includes a 10-week support program for those impacted by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. 

FASD Key Worker

The FASD Key Worker Program provides support for children and their families who have been diagnosed with or are suspected of experiencing a Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder. The FASD Key Worker assists in developing strategies for supporting children and youth at various developmental stages, advocacy, outreach, one-to-one support and provides FASD educational workshops.

Saturday Family Activity program

Families living in the Downtown Eastside don't often have resources to allocate towards family activities. Through the Saturday Family Activity program, families enjoy a hot meal and fun and enriching activities like birthday parties and Christmas caroling, as well as trips to the Vancouver Aquarium, Science World and more.

My Tween and Me 

My Tween and Me assists parents and caregivers who are raising children aged 7-12.

Intergenerational Grandparents Group

This program is for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren or the children of other family members who are connected to FASD. As many of these elders have multiple children and complex issues, Crabtree provides peer support, community resources, information about FASD and connections to other YWCA programs.


Crabtree Corner Housing 

Without a stable place to live, it's hard to move forward in life. Crabtree Corner offers 12 units of transitional housing for parenting and pregnant women who are overcoming substance use issues. Pregnant women can stay for up to nine months after giving birth, and mothers trying to regain custody of their children can stay for up to 12 months.

Seeds of Independence, A Violence Prevention Program

YWCA Seeds of Independence provides outreach support to women living in Vancouver who have experienced abuse in an intimate relationship, including relationships with romantic partners, parents or caregivers. We work with women one-to-one and in groups to provide practical and emotional supports, information and referrals. 

Elder In Residence

The Elder in Residence at Crabtree Corner provides group or one-to-one support for families, with an Indigenous approach. With a considerable percentage of Crabtree Corner program participants identifying as Indigenous, this culturally-significant presence within the community will enrich Indigenous perspectives, knowledge, approaches to community support, healing and wellness. The Elder’s wisdom provides a nurturing Indigenous presence at Crabtree Corner. They will also help those disconnected from their families and those who have recently reunited to culturally, spiritually, emotionally or physically reconnect with their Indigeneity.

To learn more and to register for any of the programs listed above, please contact Crabtree Corner Community Resource Centre directly.

Crabtree Corner Community Resource Centre
tel 604 216 1652