Samaritan House

Island Crisis Care Society / Programs / Samaritan House

Samaritan House provides four services to women in crisis: emergency shelter, supportive housing, transitional housing, and rent subsidies.

• 14 Emergency Shelter Beds
• 6 Supportive Housing Beds
• 6 Transitional Beds

Emergency shelter services at Samaritan House have been an integral part of the operation since 1989. They include:

• Low Barrier Access: Neither sobriety nor mental health stability are required to receive services. Clients are generally only restricted from access if they become violent or abusive. Clients experiencing a mental health crisis are referred to the hospital or an Island Health outreach team.
• Essentials of Life: Bed, bedding, meals, access to showers, hygiene supplies, and clothing.
• Professional Support: On-site case management, referrals to community resources and programs. Shelter staff work with health authority outreach workers and nurses to encourage clients to recover from physical, emotional, and psychological setbacks.

Staff at Samaritan House are dedicated to creating a safe, warm, welcoming environment and to providing emotional support and empathy at an extremely vulnerable time for women that come to our doors. Women and women with children may or they may be referred by a community or government agency.

Supportive housing is offered through Martha’s Place located on the top floor of Samaritan House and transitional housing is offered through Mary’s Place located near Woodgrove Centre.

Meet Lisa, a woman with hope, who courageously shares about living without a home, finding support and compassion at Samaritan House, and making a new start.