A Sense of Purpose

A community, a regular routine and an employer who cares 

“Before, I wasn’t interested in anything. But it lifted my spirits, and I could buy what I needed. It helped me a lot. I improved a lot. And having friends here. It helps too.” says Troy.

He’s talking about Coast Mental Health’s Vancouver Clubhouse, which offers its members a community, a regular routine and the chance to volunteer or work with an employer who knows that everyone’s path to recovery is unique.

Thanks to your support, Coast Mental Health can meet each person where they are. Whether it’s volunteering on the front-desk, running a group session at the Clubhouse, taking English lessons, joining the Culinary Skills Training Program, or the Street Clean team, each client has the opportunity to create a sense of purpose in their lives.

Returning to work or beginning training that supports a return to work is both a milestone in recovery and a pathway to a better future.

For Gabor, volunteering and working gave him a much-needed routine

“I was in a slump and I was suffering a lot with my health mentally and physically.”

“Working got me more active and regimental on a schedule and all of a sudden my chronic insomnia started to slowly disappear. I was eating well and I started to feel a lot better as a person and regain my mental strength too.”

Last year, 180 clients accessed employment through Coast Mental Health and although the pandemic has significantly impacted our programs, the Clubhouse is open to members again, with 30 employees and plans in place to offer both time-tested and new options.

Your generosity helps give your neighbours a sense of purpose.

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Your donation to Coast Mental Health Foundation provides essential housing, support, and employment services for people with mental illness so they can find their meaningful place in our community – a place to live, a place to connect, and a place to work.