SSCS continues to operate and offer our programs and services. However, our offices remain closed to the public during this health crisis. To contact program staff, book an appointment or make inquiries, please email community@sscs.ca for services in Squamish, and pemberton@sscs.ca for services in Pemberton.

Here’s how our programs and services are being offered:

Adult & Family Services

Better at Home: Seniors services in BC have been expanded province-wide, and at SSCS. If you’re a senior and would like help with getting groceries, picking up medication, or just having someone to talk to, you can be matched with a volunteer through the Better at Home program. And, if you’d like to volunteer to support a local senior, we’d be happy to match you up with someone. To access this service or to volunteer, call 2-1-1 or email SSCS at betterathome@sscs.ca.

Counselling Assistance Fund: This fund is for men (over 15 years of age), couples and families, to help pay for counselling services. Some community counsellors are offering video and phone counselling services. To apply for this fund, go to http://www.sscs.ca/counselling-services/counselling-assistance-registration/.

Homeless Outreach: We’re here to help if you or someone you know needs housing or basic needs support during this crisis. In Squamish, contact Lisa Young at 604 848 9605 or lisa.young@sscs.ca, and for Whistler/Pemberton, contact Chaelyn Falconer at 604 698 9034 or chaelyn.falconer@sscs.ca.

Housing: Physical distancing measures are in place at all SSCS Housing locations. We ask that people refrain from visiting Castle Rock Family Housing, Centrepoint or Riverstones Apartments if they are feeling ill, or have travelled within the past 14 days. Please note that the Castle Rock Family Housing playground is closed.

Life Skills and Community Employment Services: Our Community Living team continues to engage participants by offering programs such as Life Skills/Employment classes, Fitness and Cooking using the Zoom platform. Virtual service delivery is keeping us connected. Individual supports for participants are arranged by their support worker as needed and by appointment only. Please contact community@sscs.ca for more information.

Pemberton Food Bank: Services are available Monday through Thursday from 10am to 2pm by appointment only. Contact: Loralee Seitz at foodbankpemberton@sscs.ca.

Poverty Law Advocacy: For Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton, legal support and advice is offered over the phone and through email correspondence. For assistance, contact Peter Yates at 604 389 8069 or peter.yates@sscs.ca.

Settlement Services: We continue to provide for immigrants and newcomers in Whistler and Pemberton through the Whistler Welcome Centre during this time. Services include:

  • Supported access to government and local community services including social benefits
  • Help to understand documents, application forms and processes
  • Health and healthcare information

During the COVID-19 health crisis, Welcome Centre settlement services, support, and updates are available online. Contact info@welcomewhistler.com or 604 698 5960. Online office hours: 1 to 3pm, Monday to Friday.

Stopping the Violence (STV): Our STV counsellors will continue to answer calls and support women with finding a safe place, navigating the legal system, providing emotional support, and creating a safety plan. For Whistler/Pemberton/Southern Stl’atl’imx communities contact Jane at jane.walser@sscs.ca or phone 604 698 6909. For Squamish, contact Rita at rita.murphy@sscs.ca or phone 604 892 5796.

Youth Services

SSCS continues to provide youth programs through live streaming activities including yoga, fitness classes, arts and crafts, games, and more. These activities are open to all, and more options are coming soon.

Live Streaming Activities

  • Monday: Everybody Eats, 12pm
  • Tuesday: Diversity Club, 12pm
  • Wednesday: Yoga, 11am, Body Break LIVE, 3pm
  • Thursday: PictionaryLIVE, 1pm
  • Friday: Games with Friends, 1pm, LIFT Fitness Class, 3pm

Follow Squamish Youth Worker on Instagram or Squamish Youth Services on Facebook for details. Additional information and resources can be found at sscs.ca/youth-programs.

Children Services

Child Development: Our child development services continue to source more online resources and activities, and will be keeping our www.seatoskykids.ca website updated and fun for you! If you have concerns about your child’s development and want to connect with any of our professionals contact community@sscs.ca for more information.

Healthy Pregnancy Outreach Program (HPOP): Staff are reaching out virtually to new and expecting moms in the program. HPOP is working with Child Care Resource & Referral (CCRR) for a five-week MotherGoose sing-along session for HPOP participants. We are also coordinating to provide food security initiatives and are reaching out weekly to all program participants with an e-newsletter providing important information. The program can also supply prenatal vitamins and infant Vitamin D, upon request.

Sexual Abuse Intervention Program (SAIP): Our SAP counsellors will support clients through video chats, phone calls and emails. To make an appointment with a counsellor in Squamish call 604 567 9089, Pemberton: 604 894 6101 and Whistler: 1 877 892 2022.

Strongstart, IDP Playgroup and Parent-Tot drop-ins are suspended until further notice, due to recommendation from the Provincial Health Officer.

SPARK: Registration is now open for May sessions. During this COVID-19 crisis, SPARK sessions will be delivered by video. As usual, each week in May will be a different age group. On the Tuesday or Wednesday of the week you sign up for, you will receive at your door all the materials and toys that go with the age-appropriate session. On the Thursday you will receive an email with a link to the video of the session that you can watch at your convenience. You can comment or ask questions on the video or email them directly to the Early Years coordinator. To register go to www.seatoskykids.ca/spark.

Childcare Services

Child Care Resource & Referral (CCRR): We continue to offer support virtually, and are taking referrals from essential service workers for childcare. Tune in to the SSCS Youtube channel every Thursday morning from 11-11:30am for songs and stories with Lisa and Nicole. Contact: lisa.mcintosh@sscs.ca for information.

Childcare: We have two childcare programs operating in Squamish during the pandemic, with priority given to essential service workers: Dragonflies preschool aged program 8:30am-5pm and Mamquam school aged program 7:30-9am & 3-6pm. Contact: lorraine.teanby@sscs.ca for more information.

Thank you for your support.

We will continue to provide updates as the situation changes. We understand many of you in the community are feeling isolated right now. But, please remember that we are all in this together, and we will get through this together as a community.
Together, we’re building community.