PROGRAMS + SERVICES
We currently offer the following programs and services focused on supporting women and gender-diverse people.
Our website provides general information about our organization, services, and programming. Everyone has different life experiences that have brought them to this page. If you need a list of community resources or emergency site referrals, contact us directly or visit our Resources page.
As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve day to day, our primary focus remains the health and safety of communities and our community members. We continue to provide services and programs virtually until further notice.
EMPOWERING CARE PROGRAM - RELIEF SERVICE
Our Empowering Care Program provides essential and restorative supports for women*, girls, and gender-diverse folks who have experienced gender-based violence and abuse, economic hardship, social isolation, and other structural barriers affecting equity. Our humanitarian-based relief service ensures ongoing advocacy, prevention strategies, and low-barrier access to everyday supports tailored to women while supporting conditions for meaningful pathways to stability, healing, security, well-being, and agency.
Empowering Care supports can include transportation nutritious food boxes, emergency financial assistance for rent and connectivity, gift cards, menstrual products, personal and home care, wellness supplies, a note of positive affirmation, resources and additional referrals depending on the individual’s circumstance. Outreach services can also be delivered to partnering agencies with women, girls, and gender-diverse communities as part of their clientele.
We recognize the profound value and responsibility in supporting women, girls, and gender-diverse folks to access their rights: the right to safety, protection, food, shelter, healthcare, income, and enabling their development and capacity to exercise power and transformation for themselves. We aim to reduce barriers when accessing support and empower made-vulnerable and equity-deserving women and gender-diverse people to build safe and thriving livelihoods through trauma-informed, enhancing care while centring their voices, needs, and experiences within communities. We start with supporting their basic needs and fundamental human rights through advocacy, awareness creation, and mobilizing of resources.
This program is intended to provide recipients with immediate relief and the opportunity to invest in their well-being in a dignified and respectful manner. Empowering Care focuses on ensuring that women and gender-diverse people facing inequities can access the resources, networks, and support they need, rather than prescribing a static, one-size-fits-all intervention. We believe that people are best placed to determine the type of care they receive that addresses their needs and allows them to retain their agency.
One-time financial support will be considered provided if there is evidence suggesting that a person is in a ‘marginalized’ or ‘vulnerable’ situation, including but not limited to women, girls, and gender-diverse people who are/have: experience of gender-based violence or abuse, unstable/precarious housing or homelessness, intersection with the criminal justice system, health conditions and disabilities, immigration, displacement, low socio-economic circumstances such as poverty, unemployment and underemployment, and/or facing barriers to healthcare and support/care systems.
To apply for supports or referrals, contact:
Jenny Hong, Program Manager
Please note that this support service has a waitlist. We are actively fundraising and building financial resources, so we may not be able to support every applicant. If we cannot confirm assistance from the first application, we will automatically put you on our waitlist for the next round of emergency and relief supports. As we grow, we may be able to support more community members on a monthly basis through this program. Funding will NOT be provided for applicants with reasonable financial stability or who have access to full housing and income support.
PEER SUPPORT + OUTREACH PROGRAM
We offer strengths-based, anti-oppressive, and trauma-informed Outreach and Engagement services that respond to the needs for advocacy, domestic violence centres, emergency shelters, housing assistance, crisis counselling, food security, employment, childcare and child protection, legal, support networks, employment, treatment programs, mental health and primary healthcare medical services and options with specialized referrals, assistance, and peer-to-peer guidance. Our Peer Engagement support workers connect women and gender-diverse folks to community programs, external service providers, recreation opportunities, and social activities through peer-to-peer outreach while supporting their wellbeing, mental health, and healing journeys in non-judgemental and safe environments.
The work of our Peer Support and Engagement is case-by-case, depending on the specific needs, situation, and motive to receive assistance on the part of the served individual. After an initial assessment, we establish a trust-based, compassionate relationship with supportive listening and facilitation in connecting to other resources and finding solutions as required. The Peer Support and Outreach team offers community members a range of coordinated specialized services tailored to fit the individuals needs, goals, and abilities. Peer Workers also help to reduce barriers to accessing services and resources. They also work together with other community leaders and service agencies to support peers and community members.
We support environments that empower women and gender-diverse folks to make their own informed decisions and choices about their lives by listening, sharing, and providing links and access to information, advocacy, and resources. Please note that our Peer Support Workers do not provide community members with direct advice or diagnosis.
Our monthly drop-in Peer Support Group is available free of charge. New members are always welcome! These support groups are facilitated and guided by Peer Support Workers who are relatable and share similar backgrounds and experiences to their peers. Topics include: Recovering From Trauma, Work-Life Balance, Interpersonal Relationships, Unlearning Co-Dependance, Developing and Maintaining Healthy Relationships, Care-Giver Support and Self-Care.
Our Peer Support Groups provide a safe environment for women and gender-diverse people to share their personal experiences, feelings, coping strategies, and systemic issues of women who face multiple barriers to feel less alone, anxious, or isolated, and more empowered and connected. For more information, visit: Peer Support Group – GOOD TO BE GOOD 2022
For more information on this service, contact:
Lindsay, Peer Engagement + Social Work Specialist
In response to the public health crisis, our free, One-to-One personalized Peer Support is offered virtually (phone or video call) at select times until further notice.
For more information about the monthly peer support group, contact:
Mecca Ongy, Outreach + Peer Support Worker
CHANGE MAKE-HER - ENTREPRENEURSHIP SUPPORT GROUP PROGRAM
Development workshops to build women’s entrepreneurial inner skills.
Change Make-Her is an interactive program for women*, non-binary, and gender-diverse people from gender equity-deserving groups who are pursuing entrepreneurship and leadership-building skills through low-barrier mentorship, training, community-building, resource-sharing, and other development opportunities. This FREE community-led, capacity-building initiative strives to bridge the gap for made-vulnerable and marginalized women and gender-diverse folks with entrepreneurial spirits who face systemic barriers by leading them through comprehensive, inclusive economic-readiness workshops. We believe that entrepreneurism can be a meaningful pathway for women and gender-diverse people to generate income, build confidence and community, and self-determine aspects of economic circumstances.
The Change Make-Her program aims to empower participants with the fundamentals of creating or stabilizing a new business or income-generating activity (freelance, gig, contractor) on their terms while connecting them with established entrepreneurs, mentors, accessible and relevant information, resources, and tools for a changing economy. To enable equal participation, participants are provided with access to customized wrap-around supports such as peer counselling, community resource and network-sharing, technology and data/internet assistance.
Participants will have the opportunity to:
Build Entrepreneurship & Leadership Skills
Navigate Business Fundamentals
Bolster Empowerment, Inclusion & Personal Development
Strengthen Independence & Interdependence (to achieve safety, security, and connection)
Participants will establish connections, interact with mentors and industry professionals for built-in mentor support, engage in comprehensive discussions around “Entrepreneurship 101,” share startup strategies, develop basic business skills, learn wellness practices, financial management and literacy, and explore ideas and challenges in a non-judgemental and inclusive space. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive an honorarium for their business needs and also have the option to apply for 1:1 mentorship.
Change Make-Her is built around the power of connection, knowledge-sharing, community, and empowerment! At this time, our program’s modules are delivered virtually and in the English language.
The program’s curriculum is informed by culturally responsive and developmentally-appropriate educational business theories and lived experiences. We are committed to working within trauma-informed, anti-oppression, anti-racist, feminist, and intersectional frameworks. All sessions are aligned with the standards and principles of GOOD TO BE GOOD and guided by our mission and values.
Learn about our Change Make-Her Mentor: MARSHA.
To learn more, contact:
Su Aranda, Program Lead
We are accepting applications for the next cohort launching later this year. Participants must be able to commit to the entire duration of the program and attend bi-weekly online group-setting sessions.
We recognize that discrimination exists and certain groups of people experience disproportionate barriers to economic, health, and development opportunities which may be amplified due to intersectional personal identities. As part of our mission, we prioritize women and gender-diverse people from underserved, under-resourced, and under-represented communities, including those who identify as Indigenous, Black, racialized, newcomer, survivor, migrant, refugee, landed immigrant, LGBTQ2IAA+, low-income, unemployed or underemployed, living with mental health concerns and disabilities, and facing multiple systemic barriers.
*For the purposes of our website/program communications, we use the word women to reference an inclusive term that includes and encompasses Two-Spirit, gender non-conforming, gender queer, trans, cis, femmes, non-binary people, gender-diverse people, and people of marginalized genders who identify with the term. We recognize and believe that gender is not defined by biology.
We help increase accessibility for team members and community members since most of our programs are delivered virtually. Closed captioning is available for all programs, meetings and external and internal webinars. We aim to bring in translators for specific events, when applicable and improve accessibility to our services through ongoing and new initiatives, partnerships and approaches. Technical assistance is also available to address specific state access needs throughout communication and engagement to better serve and support community members who identify as neurodiverse.
Program + Service Intake
For community members accessing our programs and services for the first time, we collect self-identification data in a confidential manner on the diversity (i.e., gender, mental health, invisible disabilities, race, Indigeneity) of the intake forms using ethical practices such as limiting the number of team members who can view this information, ensuring privacy and confidentiality, and openly communicate the purpose of the data collection and how the information is used for equitable services and potential formal or perceived barriers and obstacles to access and delivery. We strive to minimize the number of times community members are requested to complete intake forms and applications.