Established in 1977, Alternate Shelter Society provides residential and support services to a population of youth described as abused, homeless, at risk and behaviorally disordered. All of our youth come to us through the Ministry of Children and Family Development and are between the ages of twelve and eighteen, inclusive. If a youth is sent to us, it means that they have nowhere else to go. The length of their stay with us is dependent on how long it takes to find them a stable place to live more permanently.
Our mandate is simple. It is to care for the children and youth at Alternate Shelter Society as best as we can.
We are a last resort for the youth we serve. In many ways we are the safe haven to them that “home” is to most young people.
Valley House is a six-bed resource that offers a safe and nurturing environment for children and youth in the Simon Fraser Region who have been recently removed from unsuitable environments, are in care by agreement, are between placements, or are “on the run” as a means of survival. During their stay, residents are reconnected to appropriate services, their family, and their community. Youth are actively involved in day programs, life skills training, and recreational programs.