Westcoast Genesis Society
The Society supports socially marginalized men to heal, grow, learn, build self-esteem, develop resilience and adopt values that will enable them to thrive in the wider community. It does this by :
Providing support and supervision for high-need men on conditional release from prison.
Monitoring clients compliance with Parole Board of Canada release terms and by supporting them to make changes that will help them live successfully in the community
Operation of the only residential program in Canada for conditionally released men with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD)
Providing transitional housing beds for chronically homeless men some of whom have had involvement with the criminal justice system and supports them to make changes that will help them live successfully in the community
Staff need to be properly qualified through education and/or experience. The Society provides ongoing, relevant training and support so that staff can better achieve the Agency’s mission. The Westcoast Genesis Society employs staff who practice a personal commitment to:
Executive DirectorDirect Line: 604-521-2978Email: PamelaS@wgsbc.ca
House Manager Maria Keary CottageDirect Line: 604-517-2957Email: EvaN@wgsbc.ca
Finance OfficerDirect Line: 604-636-3587Email: NancyZ@wgsbc.ca
House Manager Genesis HouseDirect Line: 604-521-2978Email: RaviC@wgsbc.ca
Technology OfficerDirect Line: 604-636-3582Email: AuroraM@wgsbc.ca
The society is governed by a dedicated members who volunteer their time to help guide our work
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Houses are close to public transportation with quick and easy access to most locations in the Lower Mainland. The Columbia SkyTrain station is a short walk away. The New Westminster Community Corrections (Parole) Office is also within walking distance. The Canada Games Pool & Fitness Centre and the Royal City Centre shopping mall are short distances away
Both Genesis House CRF and Maria Keary Cottage CRF specialize in serving men with substance use issues and accept residents on the Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program referred by CSC. Staff at Maria Keary Cottage deliver the only residential program in Canada for men on conditional release living with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) utilizing highly structured and customized interventions that take into account the specific challenges faced by the individual client. The Society accepts men on all forms of conditional release (both provincial and federal). Staff carefully assess a potential client based on his level of motivation and his willingness to follow his correctional/treatment plan and to make the life changes needed to safely and successfully re-enter the community. The Society does not accept CSC referrals for men convicted of sexual offences.
Each house has a Cook and residents can have three meals daily (residents prepare their own breakfast in the morning and all meals on the weekend and on statutory holidays). Coffee is available through the day. There are laundry facilities in both houses. Each house also has satellite T.V., one or two telephones for local calls and a computer terminal. The houses are staffed with awake staff on a 24/7 basis.
We receive funding and grants from government. For more details on our funding, please contact us.
BC/Yukon Halfway House Association
BC Non-Profit Housing Association
Correctional Service of Canada
Community-Based Residential Facilities (CBRFs)
New Westminster Homelessness Coalition Society
Parole Board of Canada