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Healing & Life Skills ~ Preparation for Employment

Specialized Services for Female Victims of Violence and Abuse


In 2009 we began delivering the Bridging Employment Program for Women  to assist women to take their ‘next steps’ and move forward to employment, education or training and a life free of abuse and trauma.  In 2012, the Employment Program of British Columbia began and the Bridging Program transitioned to Specialized Services for Victims of Violence and Abuse.  We are presently sub-contracted to both the YMCA, in Penticton, and the Open Door Group (ODG) in Oliver/Osoyoos, to provide these services.

The overall goal of our services is to assist women to Recognize, Understand and Overcome the Impacts of Abuse.  We do so by providing workshops focused on healing and life skills, as well as group and individual counseling.

The YMCA and ODG provide most of our referrals.  Self referrals and those from community agencies are also welcome.  Potential participants will be guided through an application process and meet with our liaison from the YMCA/ODG, as well as our services coordinator or the SOWINS Counsellor in Oliver/Osoyoos.

The program format … clients attend an intense six week (3 days per week) series of healing and life skill workshops, as well as group and one to one counseling as needed and complete with a graduation at the end of the sixth week.  Classes are held at SOWINS in Penticton with a new group starting every 7 weeks (one week between groups) throughout the year.

Start Dates for 2017

Jan 10th to Feb 16th Feb 28th to April 6th April 18th to May 25th
 June 6th to July 13th

Oct 31 to Dec 7th

July 25th to Aug 31st  Sept 12th to Oct 19th

Contact Priscilla at (250) 493-4366 ext. 117 or for further information