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lonely youth excluded by peers

Youth as young as 11 and 12 years old are being recruited for criminal activities.

Kids who do not have strong family relationships or friendships are most vulnerable to crime and exploitation. They are often excluded from peer-to-peer social circles. They are operating alone in survival mode, and this is what makes them vulnerable.

Community supports can prevent at-risk youth from being pulled into a dangerous life of crime and exploitation.

It is so important to reach these youth before they become entrenched in circles of crime. The counsellors at Pacific Centre Family Services are trained...

food plate

You’ve probably watched the construction of the Pacific Centre for Wellbeing at 324 Goldstream Ave since it began in 2016. We are thrilled to be coming up to one year in this new centre, which has doubled our space for child therapy rooms and affordable counselling, and created a welcoming and healing atmosphere for our community.

The next phase of development  is to bring Skookum Food + Coffee home to the Centre for Wellbeing! 

Skookum Skills is a free 12-week training program for youth (between the ages of 16-22) to build skills and enhance their confidence through a well-supported on-the-job...

teenage boy depressed

Do you know that mental health challenges and social exclusion are some people’s biggest barriers to accessing education and jobs?  Every year at Pacific Centre Family Services we support 955 youth and their families as they work hard to change their lives. Jon’s story shows how powerful our Skookum Skills on-the-job training program can be:

In grade 9, Jon walked his mother around Langford and showed her all the jobs he could get if he quit school now, because he thought there was no hope for him. His learning disability had discouraged him from reading and he refused to study. He felt like...

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Since 1968, Pacific Centre Family Services Association has been promoting dignity and quality of life for families and individuals across Greater Victoria, especially on the West Shore, through education, counselling and creative programming. We offer a wide range of vital services for people dealing with substance use, mental health issues, and day-to-day life challenges. Across 14 core programs, our services are improving the lives of an average of 1,700 youth-at-risk, adults, families and seniors each year.

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