The Beacon Ministry Houses project, is developed and run by The
Salvation Army in efforts to help vulnerable youth, aged 13-18, who have become
addicted to drugs / alcohol. Our goal is to support these youth in recovery and
to do our best in helping them make positive changes through
structure, programming, and recreation.
Beacon of Hope House opened its doors in April
of 2007. It is a six-bed supportive residential recovery facility, and is the
first residential recovery home for male youth on Vancouver Island. It is also
the first of its kind for The Salvation Army in Canada. The new transition
house will help break the cycle of homelessness and addiction for youth in this
Youth detox services have been identified as one of the critical
needs in this community.
Services are provided on a full continuum of care basis,
incorporating a bio-psycho-social-spiritual therapeutic approach. Beacon of
Hope House strives to create a structured environment for these youth, through
regular programming, recreational outings, and encouragement / support with
continuing education and obtaining work in the community.
Youth admitted to the program receive supportive counseling,
life skills training, addiction education and relapse prevention awareness /
strategies, and recreational outings within a structured environment. Aftercare
includes advocacy, referral, and family support.
Graduates of the program have the opportunity to become peer
mentors to incoming youth and are provided with long term, ongoing support.
The goal of Beacon of Hope House is to create a safe and stable environment, to
instill positive patterns of behaviour, and to develop effective coping skills
for youth in crisis.
This transition housing is funded by the Province of British
Columbia through the Provincial Homelessness Initiative and the Premier’s Task
Force on Homelessness, Mental Illness and Addictions; Vancouver Island Health
Authority; and The Salvation Army.
Gender-specific programming is a recognized best-practice in
addiction treatment. It allows those going through the difficult recovery
process to put their entire focus on dealing with their addiction. Discussions
with community partners are ongoing about how to best provide a similar service
for young women.