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Programs & Services

Survive to Thrive

YWCA Survive to Thrive is a free 12-week program that offers specialized employment and skills training services for survivors of violence and/or abuse. 

  • Online group workshops and one-to-one support in a safe and supportive environment
  • Strengthen and gain skills for job search and employment maintenance 
  • Job development services, career exploration and employer contacts 
  • Business Communication Essential Skills and Basic Customer Service training  
  • Support by trained violence/trauma-informed career advisors and facilitators 
  • Training to overcome impacts of violence/abuse, enhance resilience and strengthen confidence 
  • Community referrals and access to other YWCA and WorkBC services 
  • Referrals to community-based Stopping the Violence (STV) counselling or up to 10 counselling sessions via WorkBC Centres across Metro Vancouver* 
  • Financial assistance for transit, food, work clothing, child care* and complimentary visits to YWCA Health + Fitness Centre

* Subject to funding and participant eligibility. 

  • Creating a Safe Space: learn and try new things while enhancing or developing skills to move towards sustainable employment or education 
  • Closed Group Arrangement: gain confidence alongside peers and skilled staff who start and end together 
  • Trauma/Violence-Informed Career Development: trained staff who understand the impact of violence and abuse on employability and assist participants to overcome the impacts and move from surviving to thriving 
  • Building Trust: connect with a professional compassionate team to develop an education or employment action plan customized for your individual needs  


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YWCA Survive to Thrive 
604 936 5694 and 778 877 1533 | 

Canada / BC