About Us

Our Mission: To promote a secure and abuse-free environment for women and children

We Believe:

  • In equality for women
  • Violence against women and children is a societal issue
  • Information and education are fundamental to ending violence and abuse
  • Everyone has a right to live in a safe and secure environment
  • Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity

Our Objectives are:

  • To provide safe and secure shelter for abused women and their children
  • To offer holistic counselling and support services to women and children fleeing from or living with abuse
  • To foster self-esteem and self-determination in women and children
  • To work toward ending violence against and abuse of women and children through public awareness and education

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NSCSS respectfully acknowledges that we work on the unceded and traditional territories of the Coast Salish people, including the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), St’at’imc, Sḵwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

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Contact Us

SAGE House and Women’s 24-Hour Support Line

604-987-3374
Fax: 604-987-5396
sage@nscss.net (This email account is not monitored on a regular basis and is for administrative purposes only. If you have an emergency and need an information or support quickly, call 604-987-3374. If your safety is at risk, call 911)

SAGE House Program coordinators ; fgsage@nscss.net or frsage@nscss.net

Good Stuff Connection Clothing Program and Thrift Shop

Open and accepting donations 11am – 5pm, 7 days a week, closed on statutory holidays

154 West 3rd Street North Vancouver, BC V7M 1E8
604-987-1773
Email: gsc@nscss.net

Community Programs & Administration Office, including:

604-987-0366

Open Monday to Thursday, 10am – 4:30pm

#200 – 147 West 16th Street
North Vancouver, BC V7M 1T3

Fax: 604-987-1623
Email: admin@nscss.net (This email account is not monitored on a regular basis and is for administrative purposes only. If you have an emergency and need an information or support quickly, call 604-987-3374. If your safety is at risk, call 911)

NSCSS Management Team

Laura Reynolds, Executive Director
604-987-0366, ext 103
lreynolds@nscss.net

Ruth Boogert, Finance Manager
604-987-0366, ext 101
rboogert@nscss.net

Connie Bonsteel, Administration Manager
604-987-0366, ext 105
cbonsteel@nscss.net

Sandra Lee, Communications & Development Manager
604-987-0366, ext 102
slee@nscss.net

Herstory

North Shore Crisis Services Society was founded in 1979, and has been operating a transition house and related support services since then. Below is an article about those first days from one of the original board members.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE NORTH SHORE CRISIS SERVICES SOCIETY

By Jean Lawrence

During 1977, a small shelter service was operating in North Vancouver on the second floor of Chesterfield House, providing emergency accommodation to those in need. Originally, under the auspices of the Chesterfield House Board, management responsibilities were later transferred to the North Shore Family Emergency Shelter Committee. This service was closed in August 1978.

In the fall of 1977, the North Shore Women’s Centre conceived the idea for a transition house exclusively for battered women and their children.

The United Way, North Shore Division, organized a meeting between these two groups as well as other interested parties on the North Shore to discuss the needs of people in crisis and the services required to meet those needs. From these initial meetings, the United Way Transition House and Emergency Shelter Committee was born.

The initial thrust of this group was to obtain funding from the Provincial Government. Funding for one service was tentatively promised. When it appeared that service would be a general emergency shelter, a proposal for a demonstration grant from Health and Welfare Canada for a Transition House was prepared.

Negotiations with Ministry officials were conducted through 1979. We were eventually successful in receiving funding for a Transition House and North Shore Crisis Services Society was born.

From The Compass Newsletter, June 2009. Published by West Vancouver Presbyterian Church

Board of Directors

Serving on the Board of a Non-profit can be a rewarding experience. By guiding North Shore Crisis Services Society, these skilled volunteers bring our Mission and Vision to life!

President: Ross Forman

Vice President: Theresa Newlove

Treasurer: Lisa Humer

Secretary: Catharine Downes

Members at Large:

David Von der Porten

Jacqueline Russell

Our Funders

NSCSS is generously funded by the Province of British Columbia, BC Housing and CMHC as well as receiving generous contributions from many service clubs, groups and individuals in our community.

NSCSS also gratefully acknowledges the support of the The City of North Vancouver for providing core funding, and the Districts of North Vancouver and West Vancouver for their assistance through Community Services Grants.