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Knowledge Is Power! Here are some helpful community information resources for single moms and their kids.

The resources are grouped by topic, and we make every effort to keep the list current. Click on an area of interest below to go directly to those links, but don't forget to browse the whole list. You never know what you might find!*

And if you have a source of information that you have used to make a difference in your life, please contact us and we will add it to the list.

YWCA Metro Vancouver Services for Single Mothers
Comprehensive Directories of Lower Mainland Community Services
Affordable Housing
Child Care/Children
Legal Assistance
Employment/Training/Career Planning
Education and Training
Welfare/Poverty Issues
Parenting
Recreation
Free Stuff
Health and Wellness
Feminist Issues
Community
Various

YWCA Metro Vancouver Services for Single Mothers

Single Mothers' Support Groups Group meetings to connect single mothers in the community for peer support, resources and information.

Family Resource Workers provide information, community referrals and individual support to single mothers.

Single Mothers Affordable Housing  Safe, affordable housing solutions for single mother-led families, ranging from short-term accommodation for women in crisis to longer-term family housing.

Legal Education Legal publications, projects, resources, news, education and advocacy services.

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Comprehensive Directories of Services

The Redbook On-line is the most complete online guide to community, social and government agencies and services across the Lower Mainland. Call 2-1-1

Watari Survival Manual This online version of their published resource contains information and links to a comprehensive selection of community resources, from counselling to the arts to shelter and housing.

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Affordable Housing

Vancouver YWCA Family Housing Communities Some say it's hard to find that feeling of community in the midst of city life. The YWCA's housing communities in Vancouver, Langley, Surrey and Coquitlam are an exception. Get more information about the YWCA apartment communities that cater to families participating in YWCA programs.

Tenants' Rights Action Coalition A Vancouver-based coalition working on yenant's rights and housing issues in BC. Call the tenant hotline Monday through Thursday from 9:00am to 5:00pm, 604-255-0546 in the Lower Mainland or at 1-800-665-1185 across the province. They can provide info on legal rights of tenants and various related resources.

Co-op Housing Federation of British Columbia A list of all housing co-ops in the province. The site includes lots of good info about what co-ops are and a search feature to help you find co-ops in your area.

BC Housing is a provincial crown agency that develops, manages and administers subsidized housing across the province. This link will take you directly to their Housing Listing, which is a resource directory that provides maps and addresses of subsidized housing developments for families, seniors and people with disabilities across the province. It includes information about housing co-ops. A comprehensive list.

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Child Care/Children

West Coast Child Care Resource Center offers information and referrals to neighbourhood-based licensed and registered child care settings in Vancouver.

The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) focuses on research and policy resources, advancing a universal, high quality, publicly funded, not-for-profit, inclusive system of early childhood education and care in Canada.

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Legal Assistance

Vancouver YWCA Legal Educator Funded by the Law Foundation of British Columbia, the legal educator provides a wide range of legal support and answers questions regarding legal issues. The legal educator is not a lawyer and does not offer legal advice, but instead offers education on legal topics and specific resources, referrals and support around your legal issues. The legal educator also provides one-to-one support for YWCA clients on a wide range of legal issues.

Family Maintenance Enforcement Program, BC Ministry of Attorney General (FMEP) is a service of the British Columbia Ministry of Attorney General, meant to facilitate the timely and appropriate payment of child support payments by responsible spouses in BC.

Battered Women's Support Services provides counselling and advocacy for women survivors of violence in relationships. They also provide education and training on violence against women and related issues.

Access to Justice Organization has a mission to provide first-class pro bono lawyer's assistance to all persons who cannot obtain Legal Aid or afford a lawyer. Find a directory to free legal clinics by region.

People's Law School provides legal information in plain language on a variety of topics.

Law Student Legal Advice Program (LSLAP) is a non-profit society run by law students at the University of British Columbia that offers free legal advice and legal representation at clinics located throughout the Greater Vancouver Regional District.

West Coast LEAF is a national organization that promotes equality for women through legal action and public education based on the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. They are currently researching test case information on the effects of welfare cuts on single mothers.

BC Human Rights Coalition is an advocacy group for human rights complaints and info. Good links from this site.

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Employment/Training/Career Planning

The YWCA has developed several programs to help job seekers and career changers, both women and men, of all ages. Visit ywcajobseeker.org.

Work Futures This is a comprehensive description of close to 200 occupations as they relate directly to the BC labour market. It is for learners, individuals interested in changing careers or re-entering the labour market, and for career practitioners.

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Education and Training

The Education Planner is a free, easy-to-use online resource that provides comprehensive information on programs at all public post-secondary institutions in BC in one place.

BC Ministry of Advanced Education Information about Provincial Ministry student financial aid resources.

Industry Training Authority offers information about apprenticeship, employers and industry career choices.
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Welfare/Poverty Issues

PovNet General information on issues related to poverty,  including names and contact numbers of community advocates on these issues around the province.

Vancouver Status of Women In addition to a variety of publications and discussions of women's issues, you can also go to this site to read and print off a copy of their Welfare Resource Guide for Women, which includes important info on benefits, time limits, rights and obligations, and eligibility.

Human Rights Denied A report released in April 2005 outlining the argument by four constitutional and human rights experts that the Government of BC discriminates against single mothers. Back to top.

Parenting

Parent Support Services of BC Its mandate is to prevent child abuse and to promote healthy relationships by supporting parenting, families and communities. Toll free 1 800 665 6880.

Burnaby Family Life Institute services are primarily in the area of early intervention and prevention. Services are focused on the well-being of our children and community and alleviate the need for more costly crisis intervention services by government authorities.

Volunteer Grandparents brings together people of grand parenting age with children who do not have the immediate presence of grandparents or older adults in their every day lives.

Vancouver Family Services  Services range from prevention to intervention, including abuse prevention and trauma treatment; addictions treatment; adoption services; community education and development; counselling; employee assistance; employment services; immigrant services; intensive family and parenting services.

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Recreation

Find Family Fun A guide to family fun in Vancouver, with over 227 activities listed. Activities are rated by kids, moms and families, and there are coupons for activities that can be printed from the website.

Vancouver Parks Board Go here to find recreational locations, recreation centres, costs and more, and don't forget to see if you're eligible for the Leisure Access Card that will reduce your cost.

Mothers in Motion An excellent source of information for mothers wanting to add activity to their lives, including an application to a monthly award of dollars to support new activity. Could include childminding dollars and equipment purchase.

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Free Stuff

BabyGoRound supports those who may need it the most: new mothers with babies from newborns to four years old. BabyGoRound is dedicated to providing Lower Mainland families in need with essential equipment, clothing and products for their infants and young children. These items are delivered through a network of qualified service partners in the community, including the YWCA.

Vancouver Reuses and Surrey Reuses are websites where you can sell, trade or give away used or surplus items that you would otherwise throw away. You can post listings of items and materials you wish to get rid of or look for those available.

Used Vancouver is a great way to buy and sell used stuff, on-line, free! Categories of stuff include automobiles, children's clothing, computers, household items, and pets. There is also a section for free, barter, trade and best offer.

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Health and Wellness

BC Health Guide Online Information on more than 3,000 common health topics, tests, procedures and other resources is available to BC residents. British Columbians also have 24-hour, toll-free access to registered nurses specially trained to provide confidential health information and advice on the telephone. Within Greater Vancouver call 604 215 4700.

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Feminist Issues

Policy Action Research List (PAR-L) is a bilingual, electronic network of individuals and organizations interested in women-centered policy issues in Canada. It is a support for the community of feminist researchers and activists in Canada and Québec. Back to top.

Community

City of Vancouver Community WebPages Look up your neighbourhood to discover resources close to home.

Vancouver Community Network A comprehensive listing of diverse community resources.

Commercial Drive Community Guide Community Guide for Commercial Drive area plus all of Vancouver. Good links to family friendly neighbourhood resources.

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Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau provides food vouchers and toys for low-income families in Vancouver.

Big Brothers Vancouver promotes the healthy development of children through a variety of quality mentoring programs which match children with positive adult role models, and to work collaboratively with other youth-serving agencies to ensure a high standard of mentoring programs.

Frugal Living Articles about living on one income, particularly good for single parents.

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Questions about other services? Call or email us:

YWCA Single Mothers' Support Services
tel
604 895 5802
singlemothers@ywcavan.org

*This is by no means a complete list. The inclusion of a website here does not imply that the YWCA endorses its content, nor does the omission of a site imply that it is not valuable. If you have a source of information that you have used to make a difference in your life, please contact us and we will add it to the list.

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