OUR INITIATIVES

There are so many resons to give to addiciton.   The most important initiative is the gift of recovery buy donating to our general fund.  The money donated here is used to subsidise the working poor, a family who cannot afford to pay for their child, or to help fund the family program.  Your donation makes it possible for us to give the gift of recovery to these women who suffer.

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We Help Women Get Back Control Of Their Lives

We understand that every woman is different, and what she needs in her recovery will also be different. For this reason, we have many initiatives in which alumni, families and community members can help us give back. We offer retreats and other initiatives to help women get their lives back.

Westminster House Society is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide residential addiction treatment for women through integrated social recovery, education, and wellness.

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MEAL PROGRAM

Every month Westminster House serves approximately 5000  meals a month to clients, alumni, and families. That’s well over 45,000 meals a year! Not including special events like Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Gratique.

The right foods boost happiness, increases mental functioning, helps maintain the appropriate body weight and prevents specific illnesses. Being able to provide meals for our clients with quality ingredients is extremely important.

Alcohol – impedes nutrient breakdown and assimilation resulting in nutritional deficiencies.

Opiates – can cause gastrointestinal issues, withdrawal can lead to nutrient depletion.

Stimulants – Suppress appetite which can lead to an insufficient intake of calories and nutrients.

A person in addiction is less likely to be concerned about eating healthy. In most cases, the need for the drugs or alcohol is more important than the need for a balanced nutritious meal.

Proper nutrition helps the recovering process by making people feel better. Nutrients give the body energy, help build and repair organ tissue and strengthen the immune system. Nutrition also plays an important role in mood. Changes in diet can alter brain structure both chemically and physiologically, and influence your behavior.

Not only is well-balanced meal good for your body, sharing a meal with others is what starts that feeling of connection and the feeling of isolation begins to disappear.

At Westminster House, we encourage families and alumni to stop by the house regularly especially during meal times and have a meal with new women and share the message of recovery.

Westminster House program is growing. We have more clients, more alumni and families at Westminster House than ever before.

Please donate today and help us keep our doors open at meal times for not only our clients but for our community.

If you would like to donate to our meal program please visit  Canada Helps .

GIVE THE GIFT OF EDUCATION

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The Westminster House On-Going Recovery Program is a open ended extension of the Westminster House residential Primary Care Program. On-Going recovery bridges the gap in services and allows Westminster House to provide a full continuum of care to our clients.

Thru On-Going Recovery, Westminster House will provide our program graduates with the opportunity to attend post-secondary education. Our goal is to fund education opportunity that will include certifications in Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Access and well as Post-Secondary Education and General Education (GED) and Basic Counselling. This education is necessary to continue the changes needed to find a new way of life, obtain gainful employment and become responsible productive family member and members of society.


It is only through our fundraising efforts that we are able to support the education component of the On-Going Recovery Program.

Douglas College Award

Douglas College Foundation and Westminster House are partnering to honour women who have completed the full continum of care. The Women Do Recover Award of Education will fund a full academic year at Douglas College.  The award will go to the selected candidates who submit the most compelling essay.

2016 – The first winner of the award, Nicole K, read her essay here.

2017 – The award is presented to Kyla P in 2017, read her essay here.

2018 – The award is presented to Danielle I, read her essay here.

2019 – The award is presented to Alicia P, read her essay here.

For more information contact susan@westminsterhouse.ca

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Health & Wellness

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Health is an important component while recovering from addiction. Engaging in a wellness program has many benefits in regards to relapse prevention and long term recovery. The wellness program at Westminster House includes medical and holistic approaches.  After a complete medical assessment, programs are introduced to each individual client based on there needs.

The Trauma and Pain Management Program is essential as a large percentage of women who enter our program have been traumatized and abused.   Unfortunately,  women who need extra support are unable to access the therapist due to their financial situation.  Our goal is to employ our therapist on staff full time so that all the clients can access the holistic services regardless of financial situation.

The idea of addiction as a brain disease is a very new one. People once saw addiction as a personality flaw and a sign of weakness. This stigma still persists in society today and is a major challenge for addicts and the people who treat them. Westminster House strives to meet the needs of treatment in all area’s recovery: body, mind and spirit.

Join us in our belief that treatment works.

Donate to Health & Wellness

If you wish to donate directly to Westminster House please mail your donations to:

Westminster House Recovery Centre for Women
228 Seventh Street
New Westminster, BC
V3M 3K3 Canada

A charity tax receipt will be issued for any donations over $25.00. If you wish to be mentioned on our website as a donor, please send us a note with your donations.

For more information about our programs, please contact us at: info@westminsterhouse.ca.

Toll Free Canada and US: 1-866-524-5633
Telephone: 604-524-5633
Fax: 604-524-4634