How You Can Help

The Westcoast Genesis Society gratefully accepts support from the community to better serve clients! Here are three ways you can help: volunteer your time and skills, do your student practicum with us, or make a donation.

 

Volunteer

As a volunteer, you will assist with the general operations of the Genesis House CRF and/or the Maria Keary Cottage CRF, have face-to-face interaction with residents, help ensure accountability and security, interface with CSC staff such as Parole Officers, document and write reports. At Maria Keary Cottage, you may also assist in providing services to housing residents.

Check out the general qualifications we seek for all employees (and volunteers). If you think you can make a difference as a volunteer, we would ask that you contact Volunteer Program Coordinator Jasmeen Khera in the Metro Vancouver East Community Corrections office at 604-600-3766. This office is located in New Westminster. Jasmeen will assist you to obtain the necessary security clearance and will orient you to volunteer work in community corrections. Once you have completed this process, you can contact House Manager Pamela Sesk if you wish to volunteer at Maria Keary Cottage or House Manager Gordon Thomson if you wish to volunteer at Genesis House.

Apply for a Practicum Placement

A practicum placement will involve the completion of a practicum project and a specific number of practicum hours.

The student will interact extensively with residents (men on conditional release and housing residents) on a daily basis to assist the case management team in providing a balance of support and supervision to clients. This will involve monitoring residents on conditional release to ensure they are in compliance with the terms and conditions of their release and with House Rules. The student will also interact with elements of the criminal justice system and develop industry standard case report writing skills. During the practicum placement, the student will learn best practices approaches and will develop the skills necessary to work with men who face multiple life barriers.

If you think you can make a difference as a practicum student, we would ask that you contact House Manager Pamela Sesk if you wish to apply for a placement at Maria Keary Cottage or House Manager Gordon Thomson if you wish to apply for a placement at Genesis House. There is a screening and interview process, and all practicum students will require security clearance.

Donate

Westcoast Genesis Society appreciates the generous support it receives from individuals, community groups and local businesses. The Society is a registered charity and will issue tax receipts for donations to our programs.

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Westcoast Genesis Society
Genesis House

219 Carnarvon Street
New Westminster, BC,  V3L 1B7

Telephone:  604-636-3580
Toll Free:  1-866-515-2950
Facsimile: 604-515-1310

Maria Keary Cottage

305 Carnarvon Street
New Westminster, BC,  V3L 1B9

Telephone:  604-636-3590
Toll Free:  1-866-515-2950
Facsimile: 604-636-0317

(Main entry at rear off Dickenson Street, one block north of Carnarvon)

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