What We Do

In our work to support our neighbourhood, we embrace the value of social justice and equitable access to a full range of quality community resources. Do you need to speak to someone about your healthcare needs? Do you need help finding housing or help around sex work and sexual exploitation? Can you use a shower and a hot meal? We are here to support you.

For more information, call 604-435-0323.

Ongoing Programs

Housing Outreach

Our outreach workers are available, free of charge, to help with housing applications, advocacy and referrals for counselling. They can help with:

  • Applying for income assistance
  • Connecting to medical services
  • Directing people to possible housing options, including non-profit and social housing applications and basic tenancy information (please note that we do not manage any housing)

If you know of someone who is homeless or at risk of homelessness and in need of support and services, call us at 778-886-4448.

Literacy Programs

  • Reading Circle: Through reading simplified English novels and having meaningful conversations, adults and seniors improve their vocabulary and speaking and listening skills. Participants meet and connect with other community members, build healthy relationships, learn from one another, exchange book ideas and enhance their diverse literacy skills.
  • Seniors E.A.L. (English as an Additional Language) Conversation Group: Guided by volunteers, this program provides a place and time for older adults/seniors to work on basic reading skills, learn everyday conversation skills and have fun grasping the English language in an enjoyable setting. Participants learn the alphabet, pronunciation, and how to read short passages.

Contact: literacyrc@cnh.bc.ca

Morning Star Program

Saturdays (showers from 7-8 am, breakfast from 7:30-9 am, request for clothing from 7-9am (subject to availability))

Participants share a free, hot nutritious breakfast and can access information and support in housing, advocacy, health care, and counselling. Showers and clothing are also available.

  • Collaboration with and outreach to local housing sites and organizations
  • Health-related education and support groups
  • A community advisory committee to inform RISE’s services
  • Information booths at community events and more
  • RISE on-site for immediate help or direction to proper care

RISE Community Health Centre

Located at 5198 Joyce St.

RISE Community Health Centre connects Renfrew-Collingwood residents who have difficulty accessing health care to a health care team and social supports. RISE provides team-based primary care and health promotion services at the Community Health Centre, as well as in outreach settings throughout the neighbourhood, including weekly medical outreach to Kingsway Continental, Sarah Ross House and Naomi Place.

SAFE in Collingwood

The Sex work Awareness For Everyone (SAFE) in Collingwood initiative works to address safety issues (for sex workers, residents and businesses) related to local sex work and sexual exploitation.

For more information, call CNH at 604-435-0323.