• YWCA 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.

Please note: In response to COVID-19 and health guidelines, instead of the usual location, we will be offering our program online. Sign-up now or call for more details.

Program Highlights:

  • Group workshops and one-to-one support in a safe and supportive environment 
  • Job Development services and employer contacts
  • Business Communication Essential Skills & Basic Customer Service training 
  • Complimentary visits to YWCA Health + Fitness Centre*
  • Up to 10 counselling sessions via WorkBC Centres across Metro Vancouver*
  • Support by trained violence/trauma-informed career advisors and facilitators
  • Community referrals and access to other YWCA and WorkBC Services
  • Financial assistance for transit, food cards, light refreshments, work clothing, and child care*

* Subject to funding and participant eligibility.

Our Approach:

  • 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. 

Program start date: November 16, 2020

This is not a drop-in program, registration is required - continuous intake. 

To learn more and register, contact:

YWCA Survive to Thrive
528 Como Lake Avenue (Community Amenity Space)
Coquitlam, BC V3J 3M1
604 936 5694 and 778 877 1533 | survivetothrive@ywcavan.org | or register online now