Come Check Out Our Drop-In

Need a safe place to hang out for a while? Need to sit down, relax, shower, do laundry, and eat something? You can spend some time in our Centre during our drop-in hours. During our drop-in, you can connect with helpful and professional staff that are always available to connect you with whatever supports you need. We have comfortable spots for you to hang out and watch some TV, play a game, or access a computer. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Hot Meal @ 8pm

ARE YOU HUNGRY? DO YOU NEED A FREE MEAL OR SNACK?

Drop by Directions for:

Hot  Meals – Everyday @ 8pm featuring MEAT & VEGETARIAN options

Breakfast: Cereal – Tuesdays 8:30am or Hot Breakfast – Thursdays 8:30am

 

Some of the amazing food we serve on our Instagram Feed!

 

We also give away fruit, vegetables, and other food when we have it, so if you have a place and need an emergency hamper, please ask! We do our best to accommodate allergies and special dietary needs.

Need to Do Laundry? Have a Shower?

We know how challenging it can be to keep yourself and your stuff clean without a stable place to live. Our Drop-In Centre has showers and laundry for you to use. You can also get hygiene supplies and everything else that you need to take care of yourself. Suffering from really bad street feet? Ask our staff about an Epsom salt foot soak.

Need to Find Shelter?

If it’s just for tonight, or a few days, we can make shelter calls for you. During the winter months we may also have beds available on-site – please call for more info.

Looking for Your Own Place?

We have a Housing worker who can help you find your own place. This means helping with housing searches, viewings, moving, and possibly even providing some of the basics when you move in.

Directions Youth Services 10K Housing Program Office

Want Supportive Housing?

If you are under 20, have a Ministry (or VACFSS) social worker, and are interested in a more independent living situation that still provides support, you can ask about the 10K Supported Housing Program! Connect with your social worker for a referral.

Looking for Work?

We also offer a pre-employment program called Street Youth Job Action (SYJA). With SYJA you can earn money (get paid the same day you participate!) while you gain work experience, employment skills and references. We can also help you with job searches, including help writing and printing your resume.

 

If you want to look into Income Assistance or Disability, we can help you with that too – just ask at the Intake Desk or call us!

 Do You Have a Pet?

We have a pet room and kennels, so your pet can stay safe while you are using our resource. Does your pet need anything? We can help you with pet food and supplies, or you can drop by on Thursdays from 8 to 9pm to speak with an SPCA worker. If your pet needs to see the vet or you have any other pet-related concerns, check in with staff! We’ll do our best to help.

Need help on the streets? Look out for Outreach!

Outreach staff walk around the streets and alleys of Downtown, the West End, and the Downtown Eastside – we’re around if you need something, or if you just want someone to talk to. We’re able to lend a friendly ear or help you out with anything from socks and snacks to getting you connected to things like detox or shelters.

 

What we carry:
– Snacks
– Water
– Harm reduction gear
– Narcan/Naloxone kits
– Basic first aid

 

We’re often wearing big orange backpacks and black Directions t-shirts. Feel free to say hi if you see us!

 

Looking for an Outreach worker? There’s someone around 7 days a week from noon-10pm. You can call or text us directly:

Amanda: 604-839-8018
Catherine: 604-723-8560
Vik: 778-707-6656
Fairahn: 604-657-3093
Robin: 604-720-3335

or you can call at 604-633-1472, dial 1 and ask for an Outreach Worker. You can also stop by Directions Youth Services Centre at 1138 Burrard Street to see if we are in the Centre or leave a message for us.

“Aging Out” – Are you Turning 19 Soon?

If you’re a youth in care who is turning 19 soon, our Transitions staff can help make things easier for you. Talk to your social worker for more info!

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Looking for Info on Your Physical or Mental Health?

We have a doctor who comes in on Mondays from 7pm to 9m, and a nurse practitioner on Thursdays from 7pm to 9pm. Appointments aren’t necessary, services are available on a drop-in basis. Medical services are FREE and you don’t need a CareCard. Our medical staff is knowledgeable, friendly and non-judgmental. Come say hello!

Media Program

The media program provides access to a recording studio, video games, musical instruments, computers, music instruction, video production and the theatre arts in a safe, supportive environment.

 

Currently, the program is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Art Program

The Art Program is your place to draw, paint, work with clay and more! What is your favourite art medium?

 

The Art Program is open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:30pm – 8pm.

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